There is Still Time to Get Your Wardrobe Holiday-Ready!
Start With What You Have
Once you’ve identified a few favorite pieces as visual reminders of your style and what you love to wear, you can start to evaluate the other items. Ideally, you will take everything out of your closet and drawers all at once to begin with them empty (this can be really helpful because you make conscious decisions about what to put back). If your time doesn’t allow you to take everything out, instead go through item-by-item and pull out anything you haven’t worn since the last holiday season. Anything that needs repair, dry cleaning, washing, etc. either put in a bag to take care of, or if it isn’t worth the effort or cost, put it in a bag to donate.
With the remaining clothes, if the item is in season currently, try it on and ask yourself if you will actually wear it. If it always seems a little too short, a hard color to match, or a little off in some other way, now is a great time to part with it. Any item that is a “maybe” and you haven’t worn this year but aren’t ready to part with, put back in your closet with its hanger facing backwards. If you wear it and like it, hang it the right direction when you put it back. Set a time limit for when you will remove any items that are still turned around, no longer than one year.
Fill In Any Gaps
Once you’ve eliminated any pieces that are no longer serving your style, decide if there is anything missing. If you have recently purchased a beautiful blouse for the holidays, make sure you have pants or a skirt that it can be paired with. If you got rid of several items from one category while you were editing, for example, if you eliminated 4 dresses, maybe you need to look for a new dress replacement. Make a shopping list, and stick to it. Only look for pieces that fill a void and go with your current collection.
Put Together Looks
Once you’ve filled in any gaps in your wardrobe, put together some looks. The holidays and the end of the year are the busiest time for most people. Give yourself a head start by planning out outfits for occasions you know you have coming up. While your entire closet inventory is fresh in your mind, put together an outfit for each event on your calendar, including accessories, shoes and outerwear. You can even hang the items together on one hanger, or group the hangers together with a rubber band or twist tie. That way when that date arrives, all you have to do is pull the perfect outfit out of your closet, put it on, and head out the door. Or take a picture of the complete look, so you can recreate it later.
Beyond the holidays, you can use these strategies of editing, filling in, and planning so your wardrobe stays fresh all year. Whenever you shop, try to buy things that go with what you already have and currently wear. Take the time to edit out pieces you aren’t wearing on a regular basis, ideally more than once a year. Put together some “go-to” outfits, a few for work, a few for dressy occasions, and a few for casual weekends. At any point in the process, it can also be helpful to have an outside opinion. You can always email me at email@example.com for a free, one-hour consultation to keep your wardrobe updated and to keep you looking like your best self.