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.
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!
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