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Revamping your wardrobe is the perfect Lockdown distraction

A wardrobe sort-out is a pitch-perfect distraction, at some point over the next three weeks. Without being taxing on your already overloaded brain. You can purge what you don’t wear, and realign the clothes you like into outfits you want to wear, when wearing outfits is a thing again. this is seismic, it is temporary; the world will start turning again and it is nice to remind ourselves that there will be an afterwards. We will take you through six stages on how to rearrange and get the best out of your wardrobe.

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Need to exert a little control in these chaotic times? Streamlining your clothes is the ideal project for when you are staying in – and will set you up for working from home

Starting Properly

You don’t have to empty the whole closet because you want to make these arrangements, especially if you have children who can distract you at anytime so don’t listen to people who say you have to take out every single clothe in there to arrange again. Start simple and small

Empty out your sock drawer, throw away odd socks and ripped tights and look at what you have. If you have enough socks in good condition, you don’t need to hoard tatty ones “just in case”. Just do one drawer, then make yourself a cup of tea. You can do this with your underwear next, then your pyjamas and sports gear and so on, bit by bit.

Working From Home Wardrobe

The licence to be cosy and comfortable is one of the few positives of this moment, so take full advantage, but it is worth keeping it civilized. If you are working from home, then, yes, you can get away with conducting Zoom or Google Hangouts, and Facebook live meetings in a crisply ironed silk blouse while wearing jam-smeared joggers on your bottom half, but that doesn’t mean it is a great idea.

You don’t have to sit at your kitchen table in a tailored skirt suit, though. A pair of smart tracksuit bottoms and a crew-neck sweater is ideal for maximum comfort while still looking presentable. Pull out all your comfortable-but-not-scruffy trousers, then find a top half to match each: a silk T-shirt with a cardigan, perhaps, or a buttoned-up polo shirt. If working from home is new for you, consider hanging up an outfit for each working day, even if you don’t normally plan outfits in advance.

The Basics

Make a pile of every pair of jeans or trousers you own, then try on each one in front of a full-length mirror. Compare and contrast is the only way to work out which jeans and trousers actually fit and suit you. Be ruthless. Which clothes are you excited to wear when you start going out again? The rest can go. Now may not be the time to be making unnecessary trips to charity shops – although most are still accepting donations, with precautions including leaving them for 72 hours after drop-off – but you can bag them up and stash them out of the way.

the treasures

The quickest route to a style revamp is to focus on the clothes you love wearing and build a wardrobe around them. This is much smarter than weeding around the edges of your wardrobe, which takes ages and doesn’t really change all that much – all you are doing then is physically getting rid of the low-hanging fruit that your brain relegated months ago.

Pull out the 10 pieces in your wardrobe that you wear time and time again and would be devastated to lose. Whether they are Hermes or H&M does not matter – those are your treasures. Imagine those as the center of gravity of your wardrobe, then pull out pieces that work with them – if you have a silk blouse in your treasures, find the bottoms that work best with them and hang them together. If it is a summer dress, see if you have a blazer or a chunky cardigan that could make the dress work as a cool-weather outfit also. Hang this treasure chest together. Are there themes you can spot – colors that you like wearing best, a skirt length that works best? If so, log those for future shopping reference.

 The rest

You are nearly there! That was easy, right? Next time you have got a chunk of time free, go through all of your dresses – pull out your five favorites, then your next five, as if you were picking a sports team. Add in a couple of unexciting but solid dependable. You can probably get rid of the rest. Then do the same with your knitwear. Rinse and repeat until you have streamlined your wardrobe. You can do this bit by bit – if it takes a few weeks, that is fine. While the world is on pause, we have the time to do the things we never have time to do. You won’t be in those tracksuit bottoms for ever. There will be an afterwards. And if that is not worth dressing up for, I don’t know what is.


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