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Clothing that needs to go into Room 101 during any wardrobe declutter!!


wardrobe declutterEvery time I do a wardrobe declutter for a client, I find myself tossing away a variety of wrong ‘uns. Over time a pattern has built up of the regular transgressors that people just can’t seem to part with…Have a read of this (slightly) tongue in cheek guide to see if you have any culprits lurking in your wardrobe…if you do the time is definitely nigh to give them the heave-ho!

If you can’t bring yourself to sling things it could be time to call in an expert…



  • Number one worst item found in wardrobes is the tunic top. Generally worn to disguise hips, bums, tums and thighs but tends to do the exact opposite and make this area look bigger. Also makes legs look shorter unless you are at least 5ft 9″ tall and overall makes you look dumpy and short. There are countless other ways to disguise a pear shape or curvy hourglass shape and this isn’t one of them.


  • The dreaded legging (generally black)…often worn with the tunic of item number one. A lot of people are not happy with their leg shape, colour, marks on them etc and pair leggings with tunics, dresses,skirts in an attempt to hide the things they don’t like about their legs. This is never a good move… wear thick tights with dresses or skirts in the winter and get your bare legs out in the summer. If you don’t like the colour put a light bit of fake tan on or wear trousers or maxi skirts and dresses instead. There is no place for a pair of leggings in a stylish woman’s wardrobe except for a yoga class!


  • Elbow length cardys especially those with small buttons on the cuff. Looks like something your grandma might have worn.No need for this item ever in your wardrobe


  • Ditto shrugs and boleros.


  • Nude tights or indeed any sheer pair of tights except very sheer black tights at a black tie do paired with a black tie kind of dress. Opaque tights are the only acceptable tights and them only between October and April. If the weather is cold in the summer wear trousers or jeans or a maxi skirt or dress with bare legs


  • Aforementioned tights paired with open toe sandals or shoes. NEVER EVER appropriate!


  • Peep toe tights…need I say more?


  • Drawstring cropped shorts/pedal pushers to just below the knee – in beige – particularly dire!


  • Walking sandals. Yes they are useful when warm (I imagine) but they look dreadful. If you are hiking in the summer months wear walking trainers or boots. Your feet will sweat regardless of what you have on your feet.


  • Anoraks except for for hiking.


  • Cord a-line skirts especially with applique or embroidery on them circa Boden from 10-15 years ago


  • Square toed sling back kitten heels from the mid-late 90’s…enough said.


  • Any shoes from Hotter or Gabor. Some people do have feet issues but Clarks or Geox is just as comfortable and certainly more stylish.


  • Largely anything from Fatface, Joules, Seasalt, White Stuff or Cath Kidston.


Any additions to the list or any comments in defence of the above items.. I would love to hear!

Easy ways to help you do your own wardrobe clearout!

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Perfectly sorted wardrobe


One of my key services and an integral part of my most popular package is a wardrobe clearout..also known as a wardrobe weed, wardrobe cleanse, wardrobe detox,wardrobe audit or wardrobe sort… However you describe it… it all boils down to the same thing.. sorting out all the items in your wardrobe.. this includes not only clothes but also accessories, bags, shoes, coats, jewellery and even makeup and nail varnish . The idea behind any kind of wardrobe sort is to get rid of the rubbish, the items that you don’t wear, that don’t suit you – leaving behind only items that make the most of you, your colouring, your body shape, your lifestyle and your personal preferences.

Obviously, I would advocate getting someone like me, a personal stylist, to assist you, as to get the best results you need someone objective involved who has no emotional attachment to your clothes and who has the training and experience to be able to explain to you why a certain item works or doesn’t. However, if you would like to have a go at doing your own wardrobe clearout yourself then read on to get some easy pointers to put you on the right track.


Take the task section by section

Start with your wardrobe and take everything out and lay on your bed. Immediately discard anything where the colour and/or style is wrong. To understand what colours and styles you should be wearing contact me to book a colour and style analysis .  Anything that you haven’t worn for over a year and anything that doesn’t fit or you no longer like should also be discarded.Similarly anything that is stained, faded or damaged and anything that you know you have no need for i. e. a work suit if you no longer work in an office. Once you have dealt  with your wardrobe then move onto your chest of drawers, under the bed, stuff in the loft, in the coat cupboard etc etc until all items have been reviewed.


Make distinct piles

Make distinct piles of the discarded items – i.e. sell at a Dress Agency – a good local one is The Dressing Room in Witham , sell on Ebay, sell at a car boot for the less valuable items, give to a friend or relative and/or save for a Swish. Other piles would be; give to a charity shop, items to dye and items to alter or mend. Make sure you put each item in a bin bag or other large bag and clearly label it so that what needs doing with each bag is clearly visible.


Analyse what remains

Once you have sorted out the obvious transgressors from your wardrobe then try each item on. Stand in front of a full-length mirror and ask yourself – Does this really suit me? Do I actually like it? Will I wear it and when? What other items can I wear it with? Does it make me feel good? If the answer to these questions is yes then hang the item back in the wardrobe. If no – then put it on the relevant pile to discard.  Don’t worry that you are getting rid of many items – we all have too many clothes – by being discerning you are doing a proper wardrobe sort which will last you for years – making your life easier going forward. Hang or put the item away by colour or style or both – whatever works for you personally. Repeat for each storage area until all your clothing, accessories, makeup and shoes have been reviewed.


Compile a shopping list

As you go through your items start compiling a list of items that you feel you could benefit from buying to complement the items you have left in your wardrobe. Split it into items that you need to buy over the coming weeks and items that you need later in the year i.e winter boots or a wool coat or a leather jacket etc


Start making outfits

As you try your items on, pair with other items and add accessories, shoes, bags and jackets or coats. Once you are happy with a certain outfit take a photo on your phone to remember how you styled something.  Doing this will give you an instant record of possible outfits which will prove very useful if you are in a rush getting ready in the morning or lacking inspiration for an night out or an event like a wedding or party.


Do a seasonal switch

Keep only the current season i.e. spring/summer accessible in your wardrobe. Put autumn/winter clothing into another wardrobe/into storage and get out in October. This means you only have the clothing you are actually going to wear visible which makes for a much more effective view of what you have to wear. Swap over everything again in April.


Happy hangers

Once you have completed your sort get rid of all the wire hangers as they are not very friendly to clothing and keep only the wood and plastic ones. Better still – invest in some velvet hangers which are great for keeping clothing pristine and take less space than wooden ones in the wardrobe –  available from places like Lakeland and TK Maxx.


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Final tip

Turn all the clothing on hangers so that the hanger faces outwards. Once you have worn something turn the hanger to face inwards. At the end of a season ie spring/summer review what you haven’t worn and consider why and whether it should be discarded. Often you won’t have worn something for a reason…



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Happy sorting!!


Follow up

For any questions about this blog or to contact me to find out how I could help you dress well call 07500 443974. If you like this blog please share with your friends and/or comment and to get regular updates on  what to buy and how to wear it please like my facebook business page and subscribe to my monthly newsletter on my homepage.

Have a Wardrobe Audit and reduce your Clothing Footprint!!

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Clothing Footprint

The movement to understand the footprint of everything that we consume is gathering momentum in the west – just think about the amount of press related to our carbon footprint. Alongside this well know footprint, the issue of our clothing footprint is increasingly being discussed. This in loose terms is the catch all term to cover the impact that our clothes have on the environment from growing the crops to make the cloth for the item of clothing to the manufacturing, shipping and distribution, the buying, wearing and disposal of everything that we wear.

It has been concluded that our clothing affects the environment and people in four main ways:

  • Through over-exploitation of raw materials ie 2900 litres of water is needed to make just one 250g cotton t-shirt.
  • Through toxicity from man made dyes – many dyes that are used in the clothing manufacturing process contain nickel,lead and chromium VI – all known carcinogens in humans.
  • Use of fuel – as our clothing tends to be made in the Far East (and parts of Eastern Europe)  where labour and manufacturing costs are lower the clothing has to be moved from there to Western Europe and North America via ships and planes (to a lesser degree).Meaning every item made has an additional fuel cost (both monetary and environmental) on it.
  • Labour exploitation. There has been a lot of press about labour conditions in the Far East where hours are long, pay is small and conditions are often hazardous to health.


Suggested solutions to the above issues which are getting a lot of media coverage are:


  • Buying clothing made from more sustainable sources ie recycled cotton, recycled nylon and polyester, hemp and linen.
  • Buying clothing made from natural dyes
  • Considering the issue of fair trade when buying clothing meaning that the producers receive a fair profit from their labours – not negotiated into the ground by global retailers.
  • Consider buying clothing which is produced in Europe so that the carbon footprint is much lower.


I’m not hear to preach about buying sustainable clothing as the range of sustainable clothing is as of now, not sufficient to meet all the requirements I require in my clothing. However, I do know that I can contribute to alleviate our clothing footprint by helping clients with their wardrobe audits.

So how can having a Wardrobe Audit help this situation?

  • By having and maintaining a smaller wardrobe from the time of your wardrobe audit you will automatically buy less clothing and going forward your clothing footprint will therefore be smaller
  • By recycling your clothing when you have finished with it – either by donating it to a charity shop, swapping it with friends or at a swishing event or even selling it on ebay. In all cases the clothing gets another lifespan with another user. A win win solution to clothing that has reached its useful lifespan with one person but is still in a wearable condition.
  • By reusing – either by mending, altering or dying – clothing can be given a new lease of life and made to last much longer.
  • By reducing – by buying less clothing. If you understand what colours and shapes of clothing and accessories and shoes you should be wearing you will inevitably buy less items as you will happily wear what you have more and for longer without the need to constantly go out to buy more clothing items.  You will know that what you own and wear really suits and flatters you and so there will be no need to keep chasing that illusive item that really suits you… as you will already own it! Knowing what suits us and what shapes and colours and patterns we should be looking for will make shopping in pre loved or charity shops much more successful for us too.


To close –  a couple of statistics to make you thing. Half of the UK population admits to throwing clothing in the bin which then goes straight into landfill. This equates to 350,000 tonnes of clothing into landfill each year. Also, 30% of the clothes in our wardrobes haven’t been worn in the last year – if at all.

Follow up

For any questions about this blog or to contact me to find out how I could help you dress well call 07500 443974. If you like this blog please share with your friends and/or comment and to get regular updates on  what to buy and how to wear it please like my facebook business page and subscribe to my monthly newsletter on my homepage.



Start To Build Your Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobe


The festive period is well and truly behind us, and with this in mind we need to start thinking into the future! New Year’s resolutions pop up left right and centre but sometimes there aren’t any that we can stick to, purely because we don’t enjoy doing them! This year, why not focus on prioritising? I’m not asking you to write endless to-do lists of things you’ll never achieve, nor am I suggesting you rid yourself of all the negative people in your life. I’m simply asking you to spend the year creating a capsule wardrobe?! Have you ever heard of such an enjoyable New Year’s Resolution?


Obviously what follows will depend on your shape and colouring, but that’s not to say this small guide will help you go into town with a clear idea of what it is you’ll be purchasing to help you create your capsule wardrobe!



capsule wardrobe consists of:


– Jeans

– 2 Skirts (pencil skirt and something looser)

– 2 dresses (1 formal, 1 informal)

– Boots (knee high or ankle)

– Heeled pumps

– Blouses – 1 neutral in colouring, the other something brighter)

– 2 Jumpers

– 2 or 3 Camisole tops

– 2 Scarves

– A coat

– 2Jackets

– 2 bags (one smaller than the other)

– 2 belts (one chunky, one skinny)

– Trousers



capsule wardrobe is the most important thing a person could create, and all of the items included are timeless pieces which will make any outfit. The great thing about fashion is that while a lot of things aren’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, there are certain pieces we all know all appear time and time again, which is why the capsule wardrobe is so important.


Make sure everything you buy for your capsule wardrobe will work with something you already own; it’s the whole reason for creating one! Ensure that the colours and fit of the items are perfect for you. If you need help creating a perfect wardrobe, or are unsure of how you can make clothes work for you, do not hesitate to contact me. Good luck!

Why do I need a Personal Shopper?

We all know how to shop; it’s what a lot of women do best. But do we need a personal shopper to shop smart?

Everyone has days when they just can’t find the right clothes to wear. Your drawers may be full to the brim and your wardrobe doors may not close, but this doesn’t mean the clothes taking up all of the space are any good to you. This can leave you feeling as though you’re suffering from a lifetime of bad clothes days, with no way out.

This is where you need a Personal Shopper. It’s quite common to assume that celebrities and those with a powerful position in society are the only people who need a one, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a Personal Shopper for everyone, and the expert knowledge they can give you when it comes to style will change your life. Personal Shoppers are trained to know what looks good on you and what doesn’t. They can work wonders on your confidence, which can dramatically improve your relationships and lifestyle.

Although shopping is supposed to be an enjoyable, therapeutic experience, it can sometimes become a chore. Often we get disheartened by the lack of clothing we like, and end up buying items for the sake of it, without really considering whether they’ll suit us. You may need a personal to sit down with you and assess your needs, giving you a tailored plan of what colours and styles of clothing suit you and why. This way, you and your shopper know exactly what you’re looking for.

Hiring a personal shopper doesn’t mean you’re admitting to being clueless about fashion. It also doesn’t mean you’re not a smart shopper. You may need a personal shopper to be a shopping companion, taking you on a bespoke shopping trip. They will assess your needs and find the perfect colours, styles and price tags suited to you.

Do you ever find yourself impulse buying? Everyone has found themselves purchasing something because it was in the 70% off sale, but will it be something you’ll wear? A lot of people need a personal shopper to show them how to buy smart and save money, by showing them techniques on expert shopping. Once you see how great you can look, you’ll never consider buying that £5 snakeskin blouse again!