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Ideas for a Wardrobe Refresh

by Lisa Lyford
Ideas for a Wardrobe Refresh

What better time to have a fresh look at your wardrobe than the change of season.


some ideas


  • Take everything out of your wardrobe/drawers, including shoes and accessories. If you have a separate summer and winter wardrobe, now’s the time to reunite them.

  • Make two piles - clothes you really really don’t like, or want or fit anymore, and clothes you like/love or have potential.

  • Spring clean - with everything out of your wardrobe, now’s a perfect time to clean the wardrobe (and drawers) itself. A good vacuum, dust and wipe down the walls with warm water and a few drops of lavender - yum :)

  • Time to re-acquaint yourself with everything. With the clothes you’ve decided to keep, group all garment types together - jackets, skirts, trousers, tops, etc. Separate what are obviously for warmer and cooler temperatures, though so many of our clothes are trans-seasonal nowadays, especially the likes of jackets.

  • Now have a big ‘try on’ session. Have an open mind when you’re doing this. Mix and match everything and see what combinations you can come up with. Don’t second guess what something is going to look like, just try. Invite a friend, or a stylist, if you’re not overly confident. Say you have 2 jackets, 3 pairs of trousers and 6 tops, try all of those on in lots of different combinations.


    Also think in terms of transforming a garment/outfit from casual to work

    through to evening simply by adding other garments or different

    accessories to change the look.


    The purpose of this exercise is to get the maximum use out of what you have.


    If some combinations aren’t quite right, would they respond better to

    different accessories or a different top perhaps?

  • What’s missing? Having completed this exercise, with hopefully some new combinations to play with, do you need any new tops, cardigans, accessories to fill any gaps or to refresh the look of your outfits?

  • How to organise your wardrobe. Here are some suggestions, it’s a matter of what works best for you:

    • Grouped by garment type - jackets, trousers, tops, etc. You could even manage a sub-group of this by colour. That will be easy for me - black! Kidding, kind of :)

    • By garment length - short length garments all grouped together like tops, jackets, etc and then longer garments like trousers, dresses and coats grouped. Modern wardrobe organisers/units have two rows of short garments one above the other, very efficient use of space.

    • Grouped as whole outfits - this certainly makes things easy for that early morning rush. Just don’t lock yourself into always wearing those combinations.

    • Grouped by wear, e.g. casual wear, work wear, occasion. Most clothing now transitions really well from say casual to work wear so this way may be a bit redundant.



  •  ‘Don’t Want Anymore’ Pile


    • Sell them through the likes of Trade Me or eBay or a pre-loved clothing store.  If you’re selling through an online auction, presentation is the key - how the garments appear in the photograph/s and the wording you use. If you’ve got well-known labels, be sure to tell people so you get a premium.

    • Give them to charity. Your old work wear, as long as it’s in good condition, would be much appreciated at Dress for Success. Dress for Success is a world-wide charity organisation that helps women prepare for job interviews and starting a new job, for those who don’t have the means. It’s a brilliant organisation doing great work.

    • Organise a clothes swap with friends

    • Give them to friends/family.




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