Now that you have conducted a self assessment, you are ready to tackle your closet. The wardrobe audit helps you to:
Get a clear picture of what you already own
Sort through each item and evaluate if it still meets your style and functional needs
Purge, either by donating or discarding, pieces that no longer fit or have outlasted their use
Make some extra cash by taking gently worn, in season pieces to consignment shops that will pay you for what they sell!!!
Serve as a starting point for the next stage of your style journey...creating a shopping plan!
Sorting through your closet may take two to three hours, but once it is done, you will feel lighter and less cluttered! So let’s get started...
Clear off space on your bed or sofa so that you can sort your clothes into four categories. These are:
Items that look good on you, are in good condition and fit you well. You’ll know them as your ‘go-to’ pieces that make you feel good when you wear them (e.g. your favourite pair of jeans that make you look like a million dollars!). You may notice that these items have a certain silhouette that flatters your body shape. More about this when we create a shopping plan in Step Three.
These are items that are in good condition but may need a minor alteration or repair (e.g. shortening the hemline of a dress or stitching on a button) to get them back into your regular rotation.
BEWARE: This category of clothing can become quite large if you aren’t scrupulously honest with yourself during this process. If you haven’t altered or repaired the item within three months of the wardrobe audit, then it should either be donated or discarded
These items have long passed their expiry date. Easy clues to look for: the item is not in wearable condition (e.g. rips, holes, broken zippers), the colour is not flattering on you (more on this in a future blog), or it just plain doesn’t fit right. If the item is still in good condition, donate it to a charity. Trust me, you’ll feel good about giving it to someone else who will have better user for it.
This last category generally has the fewest items (some exceptions apply...for example if you are a celebrity or socialite). These are those distinctive pieces (e.g. wedding dress, formal wear etc.) that only get worn on ‘special occasions’ or have sentimental value.
Now that you have completed your wardrobe audit, you are ready for Step Three...creating a shopping plan. Stay tuned!