Wardrobe Restyle - Evaluating Your Wardrobe


The weather has been quite chilly over the past couple days here in Montreal, and it's really starting to feel like Fall. With that in mind, it's time to start Part 2 of Wardrobe Restyle (catch all the previous posts here!) and prep our wardrobes for Fall. Today we're going to evaluate the current state of our wardrobes and do a clean up. Keep reading for more!

Twice a year, usually Spring and Fall, I like to do a major clean out of my closet. And you know what, it feels good! Inevitably, there are always items that fall through the cracks, or that we just don't love any more. We're going to do this in 4 steps:

Step 1: Take everything out of your closet, dresser, etc. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. The only way you can really purge and evaluate is too look at everything together.

Step 2: Create 4 piles - Keep, Store, Give Away, and Throw Out. Sometimes I work with a 5th pile as well, that I call "Maybe".

Ask yourself some of these questions while going through your wardrobe: Do I still love this? Have I worn this in the past year? Does it fit right? Does it have sentimental value? Is it in good shape?

Throw Out: Anything that is damaged, has holes, or stained beyond repair, should be tossed. Easy. Done.

Give Away: Items that are still in good shape, but that you just don't love anymore or haven't worn in a while, you should give away. I usually give my sister first dibs on anything she might want. A friend of mine has a clothes swap about once a year, so I try to save things up for that too. Otherwise, donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Store: There may be some items in your wardrobe that you haven't worn in a long time, but has sentimental value. Store these items instead of getting rid of them. I have a couple of really fancy dresses that I don't wear often, but I don't want to get rid of either. I store these until I need them so that they aren't taking up space in my closet. Also, store out of season items like winter coats and thick sweaters during the summer.

Keep: You should be left with items that you wear frequently and love. Go through these items a second time, asking yourself if they still fit with your current style. Anything that you really love and easily answer yes to, put it back. If there are any items you're on the fence about, this is where the "Maybe" pile can come in handy. See if you can go a couple weeks without those "maybe" items to help you decide on their fate.

Step 3: Put everything back and evaluate any gaps in your wardrobe. Did you just get rid of all your blazers because they didn't fit right anymore or were worn at the elbows? That makes a gap in your wardrobe (if you wear blazers).

Step 4: Create a shopping list of items to keep your eyes open for. Now that you know where the gaps in your wardrobe are, you can make a list of things you're looking for. This will make the Fall shopping process more streamlined.

Does anyone else do a major wardrobe purge seasonally as well? Do you have any other tips and tricks? Hope you liked the post!



  1. it's been cooling down here in Ottawa, it definitely feels like fall lately. I need to be better with the Throw Out step - I have a hard time letting go of favourite things even if they're falling apart.

    Emmett - Hippie Lace


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