Photograph by Alice Whitby.
Kate Finnigan called on me to help her organise and cleanse her wardrobe in readiness for the summer months. In a wonderfully witty piece (in Stella magazine last weekend) Kate explains the process we went through and how she felt about it. Client’s are often nervous before a wardrobe session as they worry about what I am going to think of what lies within. Believe me when I say that I like nothing more than rolling up my sleeves and sifting through other people’s clothes. I’ve seen it all and I don’t bat an eyelid. Rails full of clothes with their tags on? Yep. Clothes that your childhood friends would remember you playing in? Check. Pieces you’ve kept because you wore them once, to a special event, twenty years ago, and you never know – you might need them again? You bet. We all do this and we could all, with the possible exception of Marie Kondo, do with a clear out. It’s cathartic and fun and gives your wardrobe a new lease of life.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. If you have too many clothes you will struggle to make outfits. You will never, ever, be able to wear them all unless you’re a royal princess or starring in a west end play with multiple outfit changes. I encourage all my clients to wave goodbye to clothes that don’t suit them thereby allowing space for ones that make them look and feel amazing. You may have spent an obscene amount on a garment and can’t bear to let it go for that very reason. This is a false economy. The money is spent. It’s gone. You have used the item (hopefully) and enjoyed it. Now it’s time to move on. In certain cases you can recoup some of your money by using eBay, designer seconds shops or one of the many online sources such as buymywardrobe. Either way, it’s worse to have clothes you never wear languishing in your wardrobe and making you feel guilty about not wearing them, than it is to give them to a worthy cause or sell them on. Go on. Clear them out and make room for hard-working clothes that actually suit you.