EAUX Fashion Editor Pam Davis talks about maximum utility.

Hands up if you have a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Wardrobe cleansing will allow your wardrobe to breathe again.

Over the years it is easy to accumulate a large volume of clothing, shoes, accessories and bags. And I’m not just talking about us ladies! Expensive mistakes can be costly so it’s important to ensure your wardrobe is wearable and workable for your lifestyle.

My clients begin the wardrobe cleansing process with a personal style consultation. There are lots of hard and fast rules to achieving the right wardrobe for you, but here are my top tips to spring clean your wardrobe.

Choose an afternoon when you will be undisturbed, pop your favourite music on and some comfortable clothes and make sure you have a good full sized mirror to hand.

Question your wardrobe 

Ask yourself:

Have you worn it in the last year?

Does it have holes, stains or excessive wear?

Does it still fit?

Do I feel good in them?

If the answer if no to all of them, it’s time
to either throw it out or donate it to the
charity shop.

Cull your wardrobe Create three piles of clothes: one for throwing out, one for donating to charity and giving to friends, another for ‘not sure’ and a last one for keeping.

Start working your way through your wardrobe, trying some items on as you go and get rid of those pieces that are taking up valuable space. Only keep the clothes that really suit you. It can be difficult but be honest and brutal. If in doubt, then just ask yourself: ‘If I saw it in the store today would I buy it?’ and you’ll have your answer.

At the end of your cull, you will find you have a smaller wardrobe; now you need to find out what is missing from it.

Make your clothes work 

Now is the time to decide – what do you want your clothes to do for you? Is your focus to look easy-going, polished off or on-trend? Think about your signature look and creating the ideal wardrobe.

Keep it organised

A wardrobe is far more approachable and appealing if is neat and tidy, so organise it into sections: jackets, tops, trousers, dresses and skirts. If you are super organised (like myself) then arrange your pieces in colour order from light to dark.

Invest in good hangers for your wardrobe and remember that wire hangers tend to poke clothes out of shape. Wooden hangers with soft curves are usually best, especially for suits, jackets, coats and knits.

Finally, don’t forget to create storage space for your accessories like shoes, belts and bags.

Prepare

Make a list of what you’re missing from your wardrobe. You’re probably not going to want to buy everything at once so start with the basic items first.

Build your foundation

The key is to create a capsule staple wardrobe. Keep your wardrobe limited to a few key colours to begin with and build on mixing colour into your wardrobe over time.

These staple items will serve you through an average week – from work to the weekend, from the gym to the pub, from the office to dinner – with each piece selected for its versatility. The end result: minimum clothing and maximum utility.

Women

• Classic jacket

• Camel Coat

• Trench Coat

• Black Blazer

• Tailored Pants

• Classic Shirts

• Jeans – all colours/styles

• Little Black Dress

• Simple Chic dresses

• Statement skirt

• Perfect T-shirts all colours

• Simple smart/casual tops

• Comfortable knitwear

• Black/Nude/Colour Heels

• Brogues

• Black Chelsea/Long Boots

• Belts, scarves, hats

• Bags, jewellery, perfume!

Men

• Classic black/grey Suit

• Black/Navy stylish coat

• White T-shirts

• Jeans – all colours/styles

• Casual knitwear

• Chinos

• Tailored trousers

• Trench Coat

• Classic white shirts

• Smart/casual shirts

• Blazer

• Ties/cravats/neckwear

• Brown/tan shoes

• Brogues

• Black Boots

• Holdalls

• Belts

• Aftershave!

Fashion Candy Style will provide the perfect wardrobe cleanse to suit your requirements and lifestyle. For more information or to book your own session visit www.fashioncandy.co.uk