What’s in your wardrobe? Bit of a personal question but bear with me.
If you open the doors to my wardrobe you will find an odd hodge podge of clothes ranging from size 8 to a size 14. You will find wooly jumpers next to summer dresses. You will find trousers, skirts and tops that stretch across all of the seasons and you would be forgiven for peering in and wondering what the hell I was thinking when buying half of the items in there. You will also find many other things that have no relevance to a wardrobe but that’s because I have a toddler who likes to put all her toys in there.
Anyway, if you live in the UK then you’ll probably understand my predicament. One minute its sunny and the next its raining. Hot, cold, grey, sunny. And so the unpredictable cycle repeats. I’ve been caught in a downpour in my sandals more than once as I’m sure have you.
There is, however, a way to prepare yourself for all eventualities and we’ve got some tips to prepare your wardrobe for the months ahead. Simply follow this 7 step guide from Safestore UK and you’ll be climate appropriate and bang on trend in no time.
If you are short of reading time then why not check out this quick video instead.
Step 1 – Preparation!
Start your wardrobe prep by keeping an eye out for key trends, whether it’s in magazines, boards on Pinterest or looks you like on Instagram. There are tonnes of styles to choose from this year – maybe some gingham, a bell sleeve, or both? Or perhaps you could swap out your Birkenstocks for an on-trend metallic mule or a pair of sliders. The options are all there for the taking.
Step 2 – Remove the ‘proper winter’ items from your wardrobe
‘Proper winter’ means the items in your wardrobe which, no matter how disappointing you may find our British summer, you should never wear during the warmer months as you run the risk of resembling Maggie Smith in Lady in the Van.
Things to remove include garments like:
– Jumper dresses
– Turtleneck sweaters
– Knee high/UGG style boots
– Big coats
– Heavy, chunky knits
But by all means keep a couple of those over-sized, loose-knit jumpers to hand, especially in seasonal colours like blush pink, as they’ll look perfect thrown over a summer skirt or dress when the sun goes down.
Step 3 – Winter storage
Now sort through your pile of winter items making sure that anything you’re going to store for next winter is clean, with all buttons/zips present and in working order. Storage can be as simple as folding things into a suitcase under the bed but you can store them wherever is best for you – just make sure that it’s a place where your clothes won’t get damp, dusty or eaten!
You should also use this step to get rid of any old winter clothes that you no longer like or wear; storing something you don’t plan to wear again is a waste of precious space!
Step 4 – Clean and fit for purpose
With all your ‘proper winter’ garments now removed, all you should have left in your wardrobe are the spring/summer options. First up, do they fit? If so, how are they looking? Have a good examine of each item and decide the necessary action – some pieces may just need a quick wash and press whereas some, where there’s extensive yellowing under the arms for example, should probably be replaced.
Step 5 – Complete outfits
Having discarded items that don’t fit or that are tatty/stained – you now need to ascertain how many ‘complete’ outfits you have. Are you missing some basic tops that go with your skirts and trousers? Or do you need some skirts and trousers to go with all your tops?!
Have a good trying on session and make a note of the outfits that work – taking a quick pic of the outfit laid out on the bed is the quickest way. You’ll soon build up a catalogue and getting ready will be quick and easy if you’ve got outfit references to look back on.
Step 6 – Make a list
Make a list of what you NEED to buy and add to that the items that you WANT from step 1. It could be that you need some extra vest tops or gold sandals to complete a few outfits you’ve put together. Remember – you don’t have to buy everything at once as you can do it in stages but try to stay focussed on that list.
Step 7 – Finishing touches
And finally give yourself some speedy TLC. You don’t need to visit a salon to get summer ready!
- Smooth and shape nails with one of those brilliant nail buffer blocks and give them a lick of nail varnish.
- Rub some tinted tanning lotion onto the bits of your body that will be on show (which is bit like painting round a wardrobe when you decorate but no one need know of the anaemic, verging on blue, flesh that lies beneath your beautifully curated SS17 wardrobe!).
- Brighten up your make up with coral and peachy tones – gone are the days of dark reds and burgundies, at least until next winter.
- Stock up on sun screen. Protected skin stays wrinkle and sun-spot free!
- Smooth your heels with some ultra-moisturising heel balm.
- Invest in some nice new sunglasses – have a look online for the perfect style to suit your face shape.
- Invest in a home teeth whitening kit. Pearly whites will make your summer snaps POP.
Until winter, ladies!