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The wardrobe transition
November 29, 2015, 9:54 am

Winter has definitely arrived and that can only mean one thing, dark mornings and cold nights which now calls for wardrobe adjustment. So if you have not already turned over a new leaf and started planning your winter wardrobe essentials, below are a few tips to help you get started.

Clean out your wardrobe: There is no better way to make space than to put aside your beloved summer collection. Evaluate anything that has not  been worn in the last 12 months or no longer fits. As for the summer collection, they can be packed and kept aside till winter dies down.

List what you have: Curate a list of all the category gaps you have recognized whilst going through your wardrobe, like items you do not have enough of or need to update. If you have any special events coming up, update your list and follow the same. 

Research: Surf the internet and look for your favourite stores offering discount or sale on new winter collections. See what styles and trends are in this season and begin scouting the best and most cost effective version of each item you need. Spending time beforehand figuring out which handful of pieces will make the biggest difference to your existing wardrobe will save you time and money in the long run.

Make an inspiration board: Use your favorite blogs and online shops to curate your favorite style inspirations and to figure out what you want your overall look to be for the season.

Assess your lifestyle: The perfect wardrobe should not only reflect your personal style but also your personal lifestyle. What you wear should compliment with how you live. Make sure you look through your social schedule for the coming season. People tend to be less social in the colder months so take this into consideration as you may need less dressier outfits and more casual easy to wear combinations.

Find your colour: For convenience and practicality, the majority of what you wear should be in a neutral colour palette of blacks, greys, whites and nudes, which allows for optimal mixing and matching which will keep your wardrobe feeling fresh.

Quality over quantity: Aim for a small wardrobe of high quality key pieces and low cost essentials that can coexist together beautifully to give you your own personal style. Look for quality pieces over a large amount of on trend items. And remember fit is everything.

Seasonal updates: Although on trend buying should be kept to a minimum it is still essential to buy a few trendy pieces to carry your core wardrobe through each season and to give your wardrobe a refreshing lift.

Buy what you love: Once you have clearly defined your overall style direction for the season and thought about what pieces you need, it is time to go shopping! Careful consideration of what you need beforehand will prevent impulse buys and overspending. You should love everything you buy and each piece should compliment your style and the rest of your wardrobe.

Create your own looks: Once all the shopping is complete, familiarize yourself with your new wardrobe and spend time putting together as many different outfits as you can for every scenario. Pay attention to detail like accessories and styling, and experiment using your inspiration mood board. Snap pictures of your outfits to reference later on, and to make getting up on those colder mornings a little bit easier.


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