But what should you not throw away? Here are a few ideas of things you should keep. With Spring around the corner, it’s decluttering time. Not everyone likes to streamline their wardrobe and discard things. I work on a one in one out basis. Too many clothes make it difficult to get dressed in the morning. Fewer clothes make it easier to see what you do have.
Clothes that you can let go.
- Clothes that no longer fit you.
- Items that are not in your colour or style.
- Worn out or damaged items that cannot be made good.
- Pieces that you have not worn for some time
- Things that no longer make you look and feel fabulous.
But what should you not throw away?
Here are a few ideas of things you should keep.
There are certain items in your wardrobe that are worth keeping and you should not let go. Obviously, if something does not fit anymore or is worn out, they must go. What often happens while you are decluttering it can be easy to let things go. Then a few months later regret letting go of some pieces.
Some items never seem to go out of fashion and are worth keeping. Here are my tips on which pieces to hang onto when you declutter your wardrobe.
Leather Biker or Denim Jacket.
I cannot tell you how long I have had this denim jacket, in fact I also have one in a peach too. These can be worn in so many ways, casual over cotton trousers, over a printed summer dress, and over a skirt. I also have a leather navy biker jacket which I wear in the same way in the cooler weather.
Classic Coat/Trench Coat.
I tend to keep my winter coats for many years and throw them away once they have worn out or I have replaced them. My classic beige mac I have also had for many years and although it is very old it still looks good and is very useful. These are key items that do not date and will always serve you well.
Leather Shoes & Boots.
If you invest in good quality leather footwear they will last for many years. When I put my winter boots away for the summer, I have them re healed and give them a good polish so when I take them out in the autumn, they will be ready to wear. If they are in good order and comfortable, why would you want to discard them? If you are bored with the colour, you can dye them.
White/Cream Cotton Shirt.
There is nothing nicer than a crisp white shirt over your smart denim jeans, add a colourful blazer to complete the look. When the shirt is a little past its sell by date you can wear it under a sweatshirt or jumper with the collar and sleeves showing.
Round Neck Buttoned up Cardigans.
These are useful pieces to have in your wardrobe as you can wear them many ways.
- Wear buttoned up with a scarf in the neck.
- Wear with the buttons down the back.
- Put the cardigan over a T/Shirt and to the top button up.
- Leave the buttons undone over a shirt or dress.
These are staples in your wardrobe, and I have had some of mine, for many years and I would not part with them. Although I love fashion, I have learnt to dress for my body shape. The jackets I have are in a style to suit me and one of my colours. I love there is no need to change it. Obviously, there does come a time when you need to, so that is when I would be ready to let go. Jackets are so useful and can make an outfit, so usually these are investment pieces that you want to last.
Belts & Accessories.
If you have some leather belts, I tend to keep them as they are useful to chinch in the waist. Coloured belts make a great accessory and if they are in one your colours then definitely to not let go. The same goes for coloured jewellery if they work with the clothes in your wardrobe and you are wearing them hang on to them.
Gold or silver jewellery that you are no longer wearing because perhaps they are broken, sell the gold and invest in something you will wear. Costume jewellery keep the pieces in your colours that are working with your clothes and let go of everything else.
If you are unsure what to discard?
I always say to people who are hanging onto things as they do not feel uncomfortable to let them go, store them away. Putting them in a box in the loft and if you have not visited that box for a year, it shows that you do not need it. If however you do miss the item you can access it.
With Spring around the corner, it’s decluttering time
I hope this has helped you to think about what you do have in your wardrobe. What you no longer need or wear and what you can let go. What you let go of can be a gem for someone else. Pre-loved clothes are very popular and allows someone else to get wear out of something that you no longer want to wear.
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Some good ideas here, thank you. It’s so easy to get in a style rut, especially if money is a challenge. I will look out for a denim jacket, I’ve not had one in years!
A good place to look for a denim jacket would be the charity shops and you should get one for a good price on there. If not most of the high street stores sell them. Mine I bought in M&S and I have had it years so they are an investment piece too.
I found this one for you.