It’s time to have a sort out

Saint Germain coat, �149; Boulevard tunic dress, �99; Dazzling heels, �119;  all Boden.
Saint Germain coat, �149; Boulevard tunic dress, �99; Dazzling heels, �119; all Boden.
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When you look in your wardrobe, what do you see? Rows of clothes that you wear all the time because you love them so much, or items that you haven’t touched for years?

Did you know that women only wear 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time? There are many excuses for this such as ‘it doesn’t go with anything’ or ‘it just doesn’t feel right’.

The best way to rectify this problem is with a wardrobe audit.

Set aside a day to sort your clothes into three groups – clothes regularly worn, possible keepers and those that must go. Everything needs to be tried on and outfits put together for several reasons.

You need to decide whether it fits and flatters you. If it’s too small, get rid of it. On the other hand, if it’s too big, maybe it’s worth altering?

Is it the right colour? Does it make you look and feel good, and mix well with other items? Or can you never find anything to wear it with?

It’s also worth considering whether it’s in good condition. Anything stained, discoloured, stretched, bobbly or generally worn out should go straight in the bin.

Sometimes we keep things for sentimental reasons, or maybe because they cost us a fortune and we can’t bear to part with them. These items can be kept and stored but not cluttering up our everyday wardrobe.

Think about your lifestyle and how you spend your time. Is it mainly at work, home, socialising, playing sport or on holiday?

Your wardrobe should correspond proportionally to your lifestyle, and, likewise, the amount of money you spend on it. If you don’t have many dressy evening occasions to attend, it makes sense that you don’t have a cupboard full of little black dresses.

If your audit has left you with some gaping holes, it is time to make a list of what’s missing and plan a shopping trip. Refine your wish list and avoid impulse buys.

Remember to consider whether it can be worn for different occasions and will it go with existing items – and try it on when you get home.

Will it be necessary to buy shoes, a bag, belt or scarf to go with it and make it work? Is the fabric suitable for most of the year? Does it crease? If it is dry clean only, this will add to the cost.

Don’t forget – the most expensive garment gets cheaper every time you wear it.

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