A new autumn wardrobe (starting with my old clothes)

A new autumn wardrobe - starting with my own clothes

I read a brilliant style article lately from Work Work Work, that was sent to me by a good friend, which had me nodding along. It was all about whether wearing old clothes makes you a bad influencer and the fact that it feels as though many bloggers will only share newly purchased things with their audience.

Now, I like ‘new’ clothes, as you can tell! I love shopping as much as the next girl. I also like to share those purchases on my very own Instagram feed and Stories. But, (in my defence), I do re-wear & share these new items over and over, photo after photo. I also pull things out from my wardrobe that are last season – or even – shock horror – that are years & years old and share those too! Because I simply can’t afford to buy everything brand new, every season. That’s sheer madness, plus it is a waste of my garments that aren’t very worn at all.

I am therefore dedicating this blog post to my old clothes! Hurrah to those superheroes that no-one cares about anymore! As I currently get ready to style myself for the new season ahead I am starting it from my old wardrobe first!

Here’s what I did this week and how I’ve been developing the basis of my style for this new season.


1/ I started by going through my autumn/winter wardrobe and pulling out all my clothes and making two piles. One was ‘no way’ (because it was either poor quality or simply didn’t fit me properly anymore) and one was ‘yes’ (things that were still in great condition, fit me well or that I still loved to wear). I also did this with my coats, boots and handbags.

2/ From the ‘no way’ pile I put them into bags ready to take them to the charity shop.

3/ From the ‘yes’ pile I hung everything back up and tried to group it to see how much of something I had/or lacked – such as into colours or into styles. Like all my jumpers in one row, then grouped all the trousers, then all the denim etc.

Going through my wardrobe Wardrobe edit for autumn

4/ One GREAT thing about doing this exercise is that I now know what’s in my wardrobe and so I am not flicking through a whole heap of things I hate to wear or that don’t fit me whilst feeling depressed. Everything in there is perfect and goes with all the other things too. A good detox and get-rid was much needed but it also reminded me of how much stuff in there is still current and on trend! For example, I have several over-sized jumpers that are perfect for this season’s trend (I almost bought one the other day and I have an identical one in my wardrobe that I’d forgotten about!). Plus I have some lovely coats that are hardly worn from last year.

5/ I then made a list of the new things that are going to be worth me investing in for my autumn/winter style. For example, I know after doing this exercise that I have several grey jumpers and DO NOT need any more. But when I am shopping I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame! Instead I need some new black jeans as mine don’t fit me anymore, as well as a pair of black & navy trousers, a white shirt and a camel winter coat. These items will go great with what I already have and be perfect for building on my casual-classic style. Plus they’ll also last me for years!


Whilst it is good to keep up with the latest trends and styles it isn’t always about dashing out and buying everything brand new. See what you’ve got first and then hit the shops more informed about what you need in order to create a trend. I know it sounds boring (and a bit super-organised) but it does save money and stops you spending money on more of the stuff you already own!

A wardrobe edit for autumn A wardrobe edit - pre-autumn style A wardrobe detox before autumn winter A wardrobe clear out and sort out for autumn style

Last night I also saw quite a few of the ladies I follow on Instagram declaring a ‘no-spend October’ for themselves, which I think it a fab idea. It’s a great way to force yourself to re-wear what you already have and cut down on buying new things for the sake of it! Exactly what I am doing here.

It felt SO good to go through my own wardrobe and actually fall in love with some items all over again! And these ones cost me nothing this time!

Love, Jess x





Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. September 28, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    This makes so much sense. I love looking at new clothes but I really want to see how fashion influencers style what they already have but for a new season. I don’t want to head out and shop all the time but love getting advice on how I can reuse what’s in my wardrobe.

    • Jess
      September 29, 2017 / 10:23 am

      I know! My favourite content is when fashion bloggers show their said item worn in several different ways across various different posts. Like a pair of boots, a coat or a handbag for example shown in different outfits. It makes me feel as though that item could work for me too as it is versatile. xx

  2. September 28, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Love love love this! I’ve always worried about how as an influencer I’m just encouraging consumerism and fast fashion when only sharing new things. I think it’s so important to share our signature style with a mix of old and new, I find that inspiring not just someone taking pics of themselves in new clothes all the time. Constantly having new clothes is so unattainable and, dare I say it, a little boring! I enjoy getting a feel of someone’s style not just them as a clothes horse! Great post xx

    • Jess
      September 29, 2017 / 10:21 am

      You’re so kind thanks lovely! Thanks for the superb comment. I agree – all the purchasing is sending a message out that we all constantly need ‘new’ …and yet it’s also great to share what we wear that isn’t new too. I love shopping and staying up to date but equally I totally appreciate what I already own. xx

  3. September 28, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Great post Jess! Buying new clothes is always going to be one of my favourite hobbies – so wanting to share new things on my blog is irresistible! I do need to have a good sort out though before I buy anything else…

    • Jess
      September 29, 2017 / 10:18 am

      It’s my favourite pastime too! I LOVE the whole process of it. But definitely mixing newer items into my existing wardrobe is fun too! xx

  4. September 28, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I love this so much Jess, I too am like a moth to grey and had to stop myself buying loads of grey sweaters this week as they were all I picked up a shopping, I am going to go through my wardrobe and find those pieces I will love again for this season x

    • Jess
      September 29, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Thanks lovely! Let’s never go shopping together #greygreygrey lol xx

  5. September 29, 2017 / 9:12 am

    The pressure definitely breeds pressure, I know I feel it when I look through Instagram – but like you I love to shop. However, I do wear old clothes a lot, I just don’t share those pictures as much. Great post hon xx

    • Jess
      September 29, 2017 / 10:17 am

      There is a lot of pressure on Instagram to share ‘new’ all the time…but personally I can’t keep up with that! Plus I think it’s sending the wrong message to people that new is best. Most people buy some new things each season but mix it in with their last year’s items! Which makes perfect sense! xx

  6. September 29, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Yay ! For the oldies coming out to play in the summer I wore a pair of next wedge espadrilles that are over 20 years old !
    Great post
    Ashley x

    • Jess
      September 29, 2017 / 10:15 am

      I know! I think it’s important that old clothes and accessories get some time! They work hard after all! 🙂 xx

  7. September 29, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I love this. I call it recycling my fashion. I am very organized in my closet so I know what I have and want to wear when I walk into it. I love having those staples that I go back to each season time and time again.No spend October that’s a great idea! Although I am in need of clothes so badly for warmer wear hahaha. Love this. #wrc

  8. September 29, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    This is a great post Jess and has reminded me that I desperately need to have a little sort through my wardrobe. I did something similar and wrote about it last year but haven’t had a chance to do it again. I didn’t however write down items that I actually need (also a pair of navy trousers!) so I’m going to do this pronto. I too have a tendency to be drawn to certain items – always tops and rarely bottoms. I know that I need a dress for an event in two week’s time but hate shopping for evening wear cos I know that I’ll hardly wear it again! xx

  9. October 1, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I need to go about organising my wardrobe in this way. I am a complete nightmare for randomly buying things I don’t need and that also don’t go with anything else I own. I think I am guilty of owning about 100 grey knits too!! xx

  10. October 1, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Yes! I love this. All of my clothes are old – I go shopping but simply can’t find anything that I like or that fits me in the way that makes me feel comfortable. I’ll never ever be a fashion blogger at all, but I do need to go through my wardrobe as you’ve suggested and get rid of stuff that I’ll never wear.

  11. October 3, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Great post Jess. I take it for granted that people re wear their old clothes. I couldn’t possibly buy all new despite wanting to! I have a really good blend of old and new, I do hope to buy two new coats and some cosy knits and lets not forget a dress or two but I will definitely be re wearing old clothes. I love the no way and yes way piles and most definitely love dropping a bag off at charity shop for someone else to enjoy x

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