/ what your wardrobe needs NOW
Instead of buying one item this month to give your wardrobe a kick up the ass, why not get rid of all those items that you didn’t wear in 2018 and take them to your local charity shop.
There isn’t a better feeling than giving away what you don’t need and when you next look in your wardrobe I guarantee you will feel like you have more to wear as you can actually see what you have, remember when the coat hangers used to move freely between items and you no longer had a pile-on-a-chair-wardrobe as your main wardrobe’s supporting act.
Here are my top tips to make your edit count
(if you need a little help being ruthless I’d advise on asking your straightest talking friend to come over to offer an opinion or two)
#1 Take everything, that’s right EVERYTHING out of your wardrobe and draws and pile it on your bed.
#2 Pick up each item individually and ask yourself if you have worn it in the last year ? If not why not ? Does it need mending ? No, does it need dry cleaning ? No, Does it fit ? No, Are you likely to fit into it again without following a nil by mouth diet, No . . . I think you know what I’m going to say . . these items go in pile 1 (Straight to the charity shop) If the item is sentimental then pop it in pile 2, does it need to be dry cleaned or mended, pile 3 and everything else, goes back into you wardrobe, hung up neatly in order of style and if you want to be really fussy, colour ! Even if you start off like this it will give you a real sense of wardrobe achievement (less so if you lead a fulfilling life haha) *Pile two I would suggest popping in zip lock vacuum sucky bag and hiding somewhere in your flat / house.
#3 Take items to charity, dry cleaners, get your sewing kit out and get mending (or take to local dry cleaners as sometimes they have someone who is a dab hand at simple alterations and can help with those items that would be getting a lot more wear if said jeans hit your ankle at the right height for your favourite ankle boots etc)
#4 Add some extra finesse to the situation by ironing and washing anything that you are keeping in your wardroom so everything is available to wear as soon as the occasion arises.
#5. If something makes it into the charity pile that you know your friend has had their eye on, why not pop it to one side and give to them next time you see them.
#6 Do NOT buy anything in the charity shop when you drop your items off.
/ new year CO-ORD
Christmas party done and dusted? Time to plan your other spangly outfit, Christmas day. A festive red dress is always an easy option but the Christmas co-ord, now that's #OOTD on steroids and guaranteed to impress the extended family. It's an ultra-modern play on the suit, equally sartorial but also a play on PJ's, perfectly finished with heels or posh slip on's. Button-down blouses and shirts are best styled with casual separates whilst short sleeves and crop tops look great layered over roll necks and t-shirts. Hold off the accessories and repurpose for your next party by styling the pieces separately.
/ party wear +1’S
Christmas party countdown is officially on and whether you're part of the jeans and nice top tribe or LBD clan, nothing quite upgrades your outfit than amazing accessories. Clutch bags are the carry all of yesteryear, this Christmas the pouch bag is the ultimate arm ammo. Looking for an alternative to glitter? Try equally decadent feathers. Considering hair accessories? They're a yes for now and next season.
/ the wardrobe STAPLE
Animal print stalked the AW shows at everyone from Victoria Beckham to Proenza Schouler and the high street has been hot on its heels. Yes, leopard is obviously an easy option but want to really tick the trends, opt for tiger. It's equally as wearable in shades of brown and black but the most interesting of iterations are acid pop colours (it's huge for SS19 too). Punk it up by pairing with your toughest black boots.
/ angie's EDIT
"the shopping bit . . . my everything-edit, from sombreros to salt shakers"
# Stine Goya