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30 Pieces, 30 Days Capsule Challenge

With August around the corner, I am launching the August 30 Pieces, 30 Days Capsule Challenge!

For those that have been living The Capsule Wardrobe lifestyle already (or even in part) – this is our chance to live and breathe it together.

If you’re new to this concept of mixing and matching just a few essentials to create your ultimate Capsule Wardrobe, I’ll show you how to do this throughout the month of August.

 

30 Pieces, 30 Days Capsule Challenge

 

Below you’ll find a list of my 30 essentials – this is based on a Sydney winter but you can modify the list to best suit your current climate and location. I’ll be posting my daily outfits created from these basics (with a healthy dose of accessorising)!

5 x skirts (I am loving skirts right now but feel free to swap a couple of these for trousers if this is your preference)
– black leather
– basic black
– soft pleated
– white skirt
– statement skirt

2 x jeans (black and blue wash)

6 x knits
– charcoal
– cream
– light mauve
– dusty pink
– sparkly
– black

1 x bodysuit (watch how versatile this is over the next month!!)

1 x statement coloured blouse

2 x camisoles

3 x blazers (these are on high rotation for work but if you don’t need as many replace these with additional tops)
– navy
– black
– statement

1 x black coat

3 x bags
– work
– weekend
– statement coloured

6 x shoes (replace the heels with more flats or wedges if required – or more clothes!)
– black flats
– weekend street shoes
– black ankle booties
– leopard heels
– statement coloured heels
– snakeskin print heels

= 30 pieces

 

Together, I’ll show you how to choose wisely, spend less and wear more with just 30 pieces.

Want to join me? The rules are simple:

30 Pieces, 30 Days Capsule Challenge Rules

With wardrobe happiness,

 

5 Key Winter Essentials

Winter is here in Australia and although the weather has cooled down, it doesn’t mean that your style needs to follow suit!

I’ve always talked about adapting your wardrobe and updating it with just a handful of key pieces every season.

So for those of you battling the winter blues, here’s my five key winter essentials that will not only keep you warm and cozy, but inject some new life and style in to your wardrobe this season.

Don’t worry my friends in the Northern Hemisphere – we’re picking up top Spring / Summer picks in a blog post coming soon!)

 

(I’ve also included screenshots below from a recent TV segment I did for Channel 9’s Today Extra, with style ideas on how to dress each item up or down)

 

1. The compact coat

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Compact Wool Coat from Jigsaw

A single-breasted coat or jacket in a more compact size and length, is perfect as it’s not too bulky and the single-breasted silhouette creates a slimming effect.

Given our relatively mild winters in Australia, a shorter more compact style jacket provides maximum versatility as you can wear it as an outer coat or incorporate it as part of your outfit.

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Styling ideas: Dress it up by pairing it with a skirt and a heeled bootie, or dress it down by pairing it with casual pants and boots.

TIP: Burgundy is a hot colour this winter and adds a dash of colour without overwhelming.

 

2. The minimal leather jacket

 

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Simple, minimalist leather jacket from Jigsaw

A leather jacket is another key essential that will take you from day to night. This season, a cropped version that is minimalist in details is the hot pick.

Look for a clean, simple jacket with minimal details like buttons and zips. If you already own a black jacket, try a lighter colour that will add a lightness and freshness to the other darker pieces in your wardrobe.

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Styling ideas: Dress it up by pairing it with a dress and a pair of nude booties, or dress it down by pairing it with jeans and a pair of boots. 

 

3. Black Knit Dress

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Polo Neck Long Knit Dress from Jigsaw

The black dress is a perennial classic. This winter it’s taken a new life in the form of a knit style dress!

This versatility means you can make it work for a night out, the office or dress it down with some flats for the weekend.

Look for a really tight knit that is quite structured in terms of fabric because it really helps to give you shape and helps hide some lumps and bumps.

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Styling idea:  Change the look with pops of colour, by adding a coloured scarf, belt, necklace or a statement jacket / coat!

 

4. Oversized Knit

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Jumper from Jigsaw

The oversized knit is the perfect piece to keep you snuggly, cozy and warm during the cold winter days. Light grey is a lovely contrast for other dark winter colours, yet matches beautifully with black, navy, charcoals, white and cream.

 

Wendy Mak - 5 Winter Essentials

Styling ideas: Dress it up by pairing it with a pair of black pants and sneakers, or dress it down by wearing it to the side like a cardigan and pairing it with a skirt and sneakers.

TIP: Oversized feeling just too baggy for you? Use a belt around the waist to give it more shape.

 

5. Leather Skirt

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Leather Wrap Mini Skirt from Jigsaw

Another piece of clothing that we’re loving this season is the leather skirt.

This particular skirt from Jigsaw is perfect because it has a bit of flare and a slightly more A-line shape which means it won’t sit too snugly or tight across the hips and thigh area.

Wendy Mak - 5 Key Winter Essentials

Styling ideas: Dress it up by pairing it with something fitted, or dress it down by wearing it with a chunky knit.

 

Remember to adapt or adjust these pieces for your body shape and budget and enjoy cozying up this season in these winter essentials.

 

How to choose jeans that flatter your body shape

Jeans.

The thought of buying a new pair fills most of us with dread. Trust me, I know.

I’ve impulsed purchased before (just because I work with fashion daily does not mean that I’m not prone to an emotional, feeling-ugh about myself kind of purchase!!!) and wound up with a pair that I’ve never worn (I had convinced myself I was as skinny as my skinny friend who was with me) AND a pair where I spend more time shoving my wobbly tummy into it, only to watch it spill out over the waistband again, than I do actually wearing it!

 

So what are the tricks to picking jeans? Here are some of my essential tips on how to choose jeans that flatter your body shape.

 

What’s your shape?

If we’re going to flatter your body shape, you have to firstly know what your shape is.

First – what’s your overall body shape? (If you need a quick way to find out, watch this video with my two-minute quick way to tell what shape you are)

Once you work out your shape, you’ll have a feel for whether we need to add or remove the illusion of width to your hips (to balance out your shoulders as Rachel and I mention in the video above).

Then, take a look at your legs. I know this sucks because we often don’t like looking at our bodies, but to get jeans that flatter, we need to know what we’d like to highlight! Is it your derriere? Or your small ankles?

Now that we’re clear on your shape, use my guide below for tips on styles of jeans to suit your body shape.

 

Hourglass

If you’re generally well balanced between your hips and shoulders, with a defined waist then look for straight or subtle bootleg jeans.

You don’t want anything too wide or flared (as it’ll throw your shoulders off balance). If you are happy with the shape of your legs you could try a skinny cut as well.

Note: If most of your weight is in your thighs (vs your derriere) then choose a slightly wider boot leg style (instead of the straight or skinny leg).

How to choose jeans that flatter your body shape

Becca Bootcut Jeans from True Religion

 

Oval shape

If most of your weight is carried around your waist and tummy, then the best style of jeans is one that has no pockets or zippers. A flat waisted, pull-up jean will keep your tummy area lean and smooth, as well as being more comfortable.

You’ll want a jean with a bit of stretch, so look at the label for jeans with at least 2% elastane (this is the magic ingredient that makes denim stretchy and comfy).

Depending on your legs, you could rock a straight or slightly skinny jean. With your shape, your ankles are likely to be delicate so cropped or rolled up jeans will show off your ankles nicely.

How to choose jeans that flatter your body shape

Straight Leg Bengajeans from Blue Illusion

 

Rectangle shape

Our rectangles have very even hips and shoulders and carry weight evenly throughout the body. The key is to create an illusion of a waist so avoid super straight jeans which have no curves.

Look for bell or flared jeans which have curves to soften the look and / or avoid really high rise jeans which tend to de-emphasise the waist further.

How to choose jeans that flatter your body shape

Mid-rise Baby Boot Jeans from Gap

 

Inverted triangle

With shoulders broader at the top, you need jeans that are wider legged to balance out your shoulders.

You get to play with embellishment and details on your jeans so have fun!

How to choose jeans that flatter your body shape

Wide Leg Lounge Pant in Deep Blue from 7 for all Mankind

 

Triangle

With wider hips than shoulders, we want to keep the details to a minimum – so look for clean lines, little embellishment and a darker indigo wash to minimise any lumps and bumps across the hips / thighs.

You do want to look for straight or SLIGHTLY boot legged jeans – this is to balance out your hips.

How to choose jeans that flatter your body shape

Tummy Trimmer Slim Bootcut Jeans Brushed Indigo from Jeanswest

 

Other tips for buying jeans

  • If you think you’re carrying most of your weight in your hip / thigh or bottom area, avoid jeans with lots of details eg tabs, buttons, pocket flaps or details on the back pockets.
  • Jeans in a dark, all-over wash (vs distressed or faded) will help minimise and slim the look of your jeans.
  • If you are petite, watch out for boot cut or wide legged jeans – you’ll need to wear them with a heel or a wedge shoe to look more elongated.
  • For maximum comfort: look for jeans with 2% elastane in the fabric (minimum). This is what helps give jeans “stretch” and makes them hug and feel comfortable.
  • Low-rise jeans sit a little below your natural waist and are great for someone with a shorter torso and / or have little weight around the tummy.
  • Mid rise jeans sit under your belly button and are great if you want a little extra coverage for your tummy.
  • High rise jeans are great for those that want to tuck in a “muffin top”. If you have a long torso these are also perfect. Beware, however, that they do flatten your bum slightly.

 

Until next time, wishing you lots of wardrobe happiness,

 

 

 

 

How To Work Out Your Colours

After my recent post on how to choose colours for your capsule wardrobe (if you missed it you can catch up here), I received a few requests to help you figure out which colour suits your complexion. While nothing beats being able to have an in-person consultation to work out your colours, this is a topic myself and my styling partner Rachel Worden explore in great detail in our online style course, Not About Size, and today I’ve borrowed a few of these colour tips to share with you.

1. What colours are you wearing?

 

If you’re unsure of what colour works for you, start by looking at the clothes you’ve been wearing.

Which do you wear and feel really good in? What pieces seem to always get you compliments?

Line these pieces up according to colour and see if you can find any commonality. For example – do they all seem to have shades of blue or green? Or perhaps you wear a lot of golds or mustards?

Take note of these – you’ll need to refer to these shades again later.

 

2. What jewellery do you wear?

Similar to your wardrobe, rummage through your jewels and see what you wear all the time.

Generally speaking we tend to wear either gold (or bronzes) or silvers (or pewters).

Again – take note of what you tend to wear for later as these give an indication as to what colours suit you best.

3. Pink or yellow undertone?

Finally, take a look at whether you have a pink or yellow undertone. While this may not be easy to tell, try to look at your wrist or the crook of your elbow.

These areas are generally less affected by the sun, spray tans and bronzers, so is generally a good reflection of your undertone.

Try holding up a pink-ish or blue piece of clothing (or even a scarf or piece of cloth will do) against your face, and compare that with an orange or yellow-toned piece of clothing. If the pink item makes you glow and look healthy then you are likely to have a pink/ blue undertone, and vice-versa. If the yellow item makes you look warm and glowing then you are likely to have a yellow undertone.

 

Once you’ve taken a look at the above, download our Colour Cheat Sheet here to help narrow down your colour palette.

 

 

How to Work Out Your Colours

 

There’s no doubt that assessing colours remotely isn’t always easy, but hopefully with the tips and cheat sheet above you’ll start to get a good idea of which palette you might suit.
And as I always say — there are only two rules when it comes to colours: wear the colours you feel FABULOUS in, and then ENJOY!

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

 

 

How I went from dressing like a frump to fashion stylist

No matter who you are, when it comes to style EVERYONE has a journey.

 

Style is rarely something you’re “born” with. It’s something you develop over time, as you learn more about yourself, your body and what works for you in terms of clothes, colours and accessories.

 

And this is a journey that I know intimately, having been on it myself.

 

I’ve been that kid at school, with crooked teeth and nerdy, big, terribly unflattering glasses.

And thanks to the era I grew up in, I’ve worn some seriously awful late 80’s / early 90’s fashion trends 🙂

 

 

I’ve also experimented as a young adult, wearing some simply SHOCKING outfits and even more shocking hair!!

 

Quite simply, I didn’t have an understanding of what worked in terms of cuts, colour and accessories for me.

 

I literally wore the wrong necklines, drab colours and unflattering cuts. I looked much, much older than I was, and my hair and make-up did nothing to help.

 

How did I get myself out of this rut?

 

1. Take an interest in and learnt about fashion

Over the years, I forced myself to take an interest in fashion and style. I observed more keenly what others were doing.

I ASKED other women where they got their clothes and paid attention to what I liked about their outfits. In short, I was ready to LEARN and absorb all I could find out about what worked.

Slowly, I began to piece things together. Then, that understanding became an interest and finally a passion – until it eventually gave birth to my career as a personal stylist.

 

2. Keep a fashion diary

 

The best thing I ever did was to keep a “fashion diary” of my outfits and then examined every (sometimes cringe-worthy!) photo I took of myself.

This helps you to see which pieces of clothing are unflattering and why.

For example, looking at my old photos I realise that I was hiding behind baggy clothing, and wore clothes that were much too long – an especially bad mistake given I am so short! I also realised my footwear made me look stumpy!

 

16 02 27 Fashion fails 2

 

3. Change the lengths and shapes you’re wearing

 

Becoming aware of what I was wearing helped me steer my course. And the simplest change I made was to try THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what I was wearing!

Clearly what I was wearing wasn’t flattering. So I decided to try the exact opposite shapes and lengths that I would normally reach out for! While this wasn’t 100% fool proof, it certainly helped open my eyes!

For example, when you compare my “old” shoes and “new shoes” you’ll notice that I now often wear shoes that have a wide, open front (instead of covering most of my foot).

I also now wear a lot of asymmetric skirts with a soft drape, like this one from Tobi, instead of longer, straight hemlines.

All of this helps to soften my shape and elongate my silhouette so that I look taller than I am, and was part of my journey in learning how to wear pieces that flattered my shape and (petite) height.

 

Skirt from Tobi

tobi.com/au

4. Experiment!

 

In reflecting on my previous style, I realise that I never experimented with anything new.

Taking a risk doesn’t mean wearing out-there pieces that are age-inappropriate or wrong for you. But being conservative means not even trying anything out of the box at all, and this meant I always looked a few seasons “behind” and therefore a bit drab.

So when you’re next out in the shops, try something different. Pick up a piece that’s out of your comfort zone – something younger, more modern. It will be hit and miss – but even if it’s a miss, it won’t cost you a cent to just try it on! 🙂

It may not always work out but on occasion it may surprise you – just like this jumpsuit did for me! Not normally a fan of jumpsuits because they’re too long for me, this midi-length was just perfect and is one of the “edgier” trend pieces in my current wardrobe.

 

dressing like a frump to fashion stylist

Jumpsuit from Tobi

tobi.com/au

 

5. Know what colours suit you

 

I wrote a post recently on how to choose colours for your capsule wardrobe. I’ve had a few requests to write a post on how to choose colours that flatter you!

This post is coming soon, and is so important because choosing the wrong colours can drain your complexion and age you.

For example – compare the picture of old me taken some 18 years ago  in really awful dark greys at the start of this post, to the photo below of me in lighter grey taken this year. The lighter grey takes years off me and is much more flattering.

Colour is also important because it injects fun and interest to your wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be bright, bold colours if that’s not your thing. Try colours that are more subtle for example this wine / burgundy colour – it still breaks things up so you’re not in black all the time and isn’t over the top.

 

Grey jumper from Abercrombie & Fitch

Wine skater dress from Tobi

tobi.com/au

 

Understanding and developing your style is not an overnight process. It begins with observation and being open to what’s new and fun around you. It’s also an acknowledgement that you will (like all of us!) have to “kiss a few frogs” before you find your prince (or true style in this case!).

 

I hope that sharing some of my style journey will inspire you to be open to where your journey can take you!

 

Can you relate to some of my fashion faux pas???!!! Let me know in the comments area below 🙂

 

PS. Want to learn how to create your own personal style? Learn how with my 6-week online style course Not About Size.

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

How to Create Your Accessories Capsule Wardrobe

There are a few things I am obsessed with in life….

The pursuit of the perfect molten chocolate pudding.

My dogs Iggy and Dora (if you haven’t met them please visit my Instagram for a sneak peek at these furry monsters that have my heart).

And finally, accessories. Every single one of my baubles, shoes and bags holds a special place in my heart!

 

Those that have been following this blog will know that jewellery is my favourite way to express your personality and style.

My formula to get more wear out of your fashion dollars is to buy simpler, classic clothing and then vary the look with accessories.

But like all things in life, one can OD on too much of anything – even accessories.

 

In The Capsule Wardrobe my ultimate philosophy is to declutter your closet and live a more minimalistic, clutter-free life.

The same principles therefore also apply to creating your very own “capsule jewellery box”. Here’s how:

 


Want a recap of the video instead of watching it? I’ve got you:

 

Create Your Accessories Capsule Wardrobe

Your jewels need to reflect both seasons: winter and summer

 

Create jewellery capsules for both seasons – this means setting aside “light” pieces for summer and “heavier” pieces for winter.

Lighter accessories for summer should be lighter in colour and also smaller, more delicate pieces. Chunkier pieces may overpower lighter, flowy summer florals and soft fabrics.

Conversely, when you’re wearing multiple layers of heavier knits, wool or leather, the textures and weight of bigger pieces of jewellery will ensure that your accessories match the look of your outfit and doesn’t get lost within the heavier pieces of your winter wardrobe.

 

 

Choose colours carefully

 

If you haven’t read the blog on creating your own colour palette for your wardrobe, take a few minutes to back-track and then dive back here, as it has some key tips to pick colours for your accessories capsule.

In a nutshell, you’ll need to choose a primary, secondary and trend colours for your capsule.

When choosing primary colours and secondary colours, go for more neutral tones that you can always come back to time and time again. Don’t overly invest in pieces in trendy colours as these will come and go as the trends do.

 

So keep these tips in mind when creating your very own accessories capsule and let me know what are the key pieces in your accessory-drobe in the comments below!

 

PS. Thanks to your feedback, next time on the blog I’ll share my 3 easy hacks to work out what colours best suit you!

With wardrobe happiness,

 

 

How to create a colour palette for your wardrobe

Folks – you probably know that colour is SO important when it comes to your wardrobe.

 

If you’ve read The Capsule Wardrobe book, you’ll know that picking a colour is crucial. A good selection of colours lets you mix and match more effectively, therefore giving you more versatility and bang for the buck.

 

In today’s blog, I show you ways to choose a colour palette for your own wardrobe.

 

First up, here’s my colour palette that I’m currently using.

(You’ll want to update your colour palette every season especially for the “accent / trend” colours)

 

My colour palette this season:

colour palette for your wardrobe

 

How to choose your own colour palette:

 

Can’t view the video? Here’s a recap:

 

colour palette for your capsule wardrobeChoose 3 Primary / Foundation Colours

 

When it comes to your colour palette, start with 3 – 4 primary / foundation colours. These are neutral or “base” colours, eg. blacks, whites, grey or beiges / creams.

These colours will become the foundation of your wardrobe and are colours worth investing in as they will form the majority of your key pieces.

 

 

Pick Your Secondary Colours

 

Secondary colors are key anchors to your wardrobe. They add colour and interest and should be colours that you really love – so you won’t get tired of these any time soon. These are colours that you can feel confident in buying whole pieces in (eg a whole blazer or coat) as you will wear it from season to season.

 

 

Select Your Trend Colours

 

To keep things modern and contemporary, you’ll need a couple more colours that reflect the currents trends of the season.

To keep your wardrobe fresh, you’ll be changing these colours every season (Winter / Spring / Summer / Autumn) so don’t spend a lot on these pieces and consider using them in small amounts (ie accessories or just a few pieces of clothing).

 

Bonus tips:

 

1. Don’t forget accessories

Use your colour palette to guide your choice in accessories. If you don’t consider your accessories in light of your new colour palette, you won’t be able to mix and match your outfits with jewels and handbags effectively!

 

2. Use prints as inspiration

Struggling to choose colours for your palette? Look for prints to inspire you! Pick up a scarf that you gravitate towards colour-wise, or a printed dress you love and really look at the colours. These colours all work as a palette as some designer has done the hard work of picking the colour combination for you, so look to these as your colour palette!

 

 

Choosing a colour palette is essential to create your very own capsule wardrobe so that you don’t end up with a mish-mash, but ultimately my motto is just have fun with colours!!!

You’ve seen my colour palette, what’s yours? Let me know colours you’re thinking of in the comments below OR if you need help, just leave me a question below!

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

 

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

As I write this week’s blog I’m surrounded by some of the most fashionable and on-trend people in the world — New York City.

 

I’ve arrived here from Los Angeles, as part of my (very) whirlwind trip to the US to meet my publisher and see my book “The Capsule Wardrobe — 1000 Outfits From 30 Pieces” in Barnes & Noble (because I probably wouldn’t have believed it otherwise!!!).

 

Side note: This trip to the US isn’t part of a formal book tour but I hope to be back soon for a formal tour to more cities later in the year!

As I sit here looking at all the beautiful people in LA and NY, I observed that the ones that stood out the most weren’t always the ones wearing the most expensive or trendiest outfits from the runway, but those that had learnt how to master the skill of highlighting their best assets and at the same time, clearly loving what they were wearing.

 

So how do you create your own sense of personal style that is authentic to you?

 

7 Steps To Creating Your Own Style

Let go of the bad wardrobe karma

If you haven’t already, dive in first to our wardrobe detox worksheet hereI’m a firm believer that to develop your true sense of style – you have to first let go of what’s not working & start afresh.

When you’re determined to create a new look, you don’t want the pieces of your past in wardrobe doors each morning — it’s just bad wardrobe karma!!

Conduct a wardrobe detox & start afresh

 

 

Observe other styles

Become a student of fashion. By this, I don’t mean follow runway trends or the Kardashians like a slave, but do keenly note other people’s outfits or styles that you like.

As someone with a zero background in fashion, my style was developed by being a clever copycat! I started by observing what I was attracted to in others’ outfits.

It’s a skill I still use to this day, working with some younger, groovier kids in their 20’s. I observe what they wear and keep my mind open to their take on fashion & style, through a fresher lens.

You can certainly do this by observing celebrities or other style icons and pay attention to what elements of their style that you love!

Observe celebrities or style icons & take note of what you love about their style.
Photo : https://www.instagram.com/victoriabeckham/

 

 

Keep a mood board or “look book”

Put your observations above to good use by keeping a mood board or “look book”.

Either take photos of your own outfits, clip out pics from a magazine or use something like Pinterest (you can also use the new “save” functionality in Instagram too) to help you to keep track of what elements of other outfits you like.

Having a visual record of what you like (and don’t like) is important to work out the common thread in these styles that you’d like to bring to your own outfits in the future.

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Example mood board using Pinterest

 

 

Know your assets & flaws

I haven’t met a woman in this line of work, that hasn’t complained about her thighs / hips / tummy / legs / knees / arms (you get the gist!).

Yet what I wish I saw more of are women embracing their assets!

For everything that you DON’T like about your body, I’d like you to find one thing you DO love. It could be your swan-like neck, glowing skin, tiny ankles, long limbs, curvaceous bust. Find your assets and make sure to show them off in your new style!

(And if you need some quick and easy tips to instantly boost your body confidence, check out this post here)

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Know your assets – eg. I try to show off my waist but am aware I need shape wear to keep my tummy suck in.

 

 

Create a “look”

Every great style is developed by treating your outfit as a “look” rather than just an outfit. People with a great sense of style actually love the whole process of getting dressed and creating a specific look.

Rather than treating it as a function, start to enjoy the creation of your next outfit. Think about the image & feeling you’d like to project today. Pay attention to the details that will help you create that look whether it’s in your accessories, shoes or colour.

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Look at all the details in your outfit to create a “look” rather than just an “outfit”

 

 

Shop with purpose

When finding your sense of style, don’t fall into the trap of shopping without purpose.

Know what you are looking for (your mood board above should assist with this). Know what assets you want to show off and what you’re trying to camouflage — this will help you in selecting the right fabrics or cuts.

In the same way that when you go to your grocery store without a shopping list and come back with really random shizz and NOT what you need to make dinner, you too need to shop fashion with purpose! So make a list and stick to it!

7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style

Shop with purpose! Know before you go what you’re looking for!

 

Break the habit

Shop for your new style and not your old!

With new styles you may have to force yourself to break the habit of buying in your old style. If you catch yourself picking up the same pieces, going to shops you’re familiar with or even just reaching out for the same colours — tell yourself to put it down and try something new!

 

With these 7-steps in your fashion vault, download your 7 Steps To Finding Your Own Style checklist here! Stick it up on your wardrobe door and you’ll find and create your own style in no time!

 

With wardrobe happiness,

 

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

The start of a new year is always a great time to take a breather and detox. And while I’m not a big fan of new year’s resolutions, I do think it’s a great time to flush out some negativity from your life – including your wardrobe!

 

(Having said that, you can do this wardrobe detox at any time of the year – not just in January!)

 

One of the biggest reasons why our wardrobes bring us angst is because we simply have too much. Plain and simple.

 

Too much “stuff” that we never wear can be frustrating and this ends up playing with our confidence. You see, opening a wardrobe door and feeling overwhelmed, affects how you feel in your outfits. Especially when you’ve spent all this time, money + energy on a wardrobe that isn’t loving you back.

 

Creating “small wardrobes” or a “minimalist wardrobe” can initially be a challenge, but these 7-steps will help you make a solid start in the right direction!

 

1. Get in to a “minimalist” mindset

Like any good detox, you need to enter it with the right mindset.

Minimalism has been all the rage since Marie Kondo’s philosophy of moving things on “if it doesn’t bring you joy”. The mindset is simple (but tough to execute!) and well worth it when you are able to embrace it:

If it does not add value to your life or bring you happiness, then remove it – so you can make room for things that DO make you happy or has a real use to you.

In other words – less of what is just hanging in your wardrobe doing nothing, and more of the pieces you actually enjoy + wear!

 

2. Keep track of what you wear

For the next two or three weeks, I’d like you to keep a “wardrobe diary“.

Log (better yet – take pictures) of your outfits during this time. I find it REALLY helpful to print these photos off (or use a good old fashioned Polaroid camera) and stick them up where you can see it.

Then download my Wardrobe Diary Worksheet here and make a note of what you love (or didn’t) about each outfit.

Look for common threads as to what you liked as this will help you assess exactly which outfits you enjoyed wearing and why.

 

3. Mark each item as you’ve worn it

The majority of us wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time.

So start taking a note of exactly what you are wearing so that you start to become aware of which pieces lie in your wardrobe untouched, unworned and therefore should be moved on.

One easy way of tracking this is to get a stash of clothes pegs by your wardrobe. As you wear each item during your 2-week “wardrobe diary” above, place a peg on the item or its hanger. By the end of the two weeks it should be really clear to you which pieces have lots of pegs (and therefore lots of wear!).

Another method is to tie a ribbon to mark which half of your wardrobe you’ve worn!

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3. Conduct a wardrobe decluttering session

I recently posted a Wardrobe Decluttering Cheatsheet on the blog. If you haven’t had a chance to tackle it yet, why not give it a go?

The Cheatsheet will help you make sound decisions as to what to keep, toss or alter so that your decluttering decisions become easy-peasy! 🙂

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

 

4. Take side by side comparison photos to help you declutter

For those of you that really struggle with the concept of minimalism (or letting go of pieces from your wardrobe), a trick I use is to take a photo of me in something I know I look and feel good in.

Then, I line it up side by side with another photo of me in a piece I’m unsure about.

Lining them up side by side makes it really obvious whether to keep or throw the piece in question as you can truly compare it with what makes you look awesome!

 

5. Consider what you can alter or re-use

Some time ago on the blog I posted ideas on how to re-use or alter your clothing to breathe new life in to them, rather than having to buy new all the time.

Check it out here as I think you’ll be super surprised at how effective a simple alteration like a change to hemlines can have on an outfit!

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6. Detox your accessories, shoes and bags

One of things often forgotten when it comes to a wardrobe detox is all the peripheral items we own such as shoes, bags and jewellery.

I often see ladies clear out their clothing with gusto and then run out of steam and not bother with the rest. But in my view “the rest” is the most important!

It’s those shoes and bags that make or break an outfit – so it’s important to go through them and remove anything that’s tarnished, scuffed or broken and ensure you have a good rotation of reliable accessories that are modern and contemporary.

7 ways to detox your wardrobe this new year

 

7. Experiment with new combinations rather than shopping for new

It’s a common issue that I see all the time where we get stuck in a rut of wearing not just the same pieces but the same combinations over and over again!

The same tee with the same shorts, the same belt with the same dress, the same jacket with the same blouse – you get where I’m going with this! 🙂

 

Challenge yourself this year to break the habit – as you reach out for the same two or three pieces to wear together, ask yourself – can I try a different top? Or even just a different accessory?

Creating wardrobe happiness isn’t a magic trick. It is entirely possible to achieve when you start to really pay attention to what you’re doing and focusing on what you actually truly wear + need.

 

Ready to detox and get your ultimate Capsule Wardrobe? Check out The Capsule Wardrobe book here!

 

So have fun with the detox, embrace a minimalist mindset and let it take your wardrobe to a refreshing new level!

With wardrobe happiness,