This post is a complete redo of the original 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp, which I wrote in the beginning of 2013 and which is still one of INTO MIND’s most popular posts. It was totally out of date by now though, so I shot some new photos and created a completely revised edition with relevant links for every step. If you are currently thinking about giving your wardrobe anything from a little update to a 360° overhaul, this post would be a great jumping off point!
RETHINK YOUR STRATEGY
Step 1: Take stock. What do you like about your current wardrobe and what needs to change? How well do your clothes reflect your style? How versatile are they? Use this flow chart
to diagnose your wardrobe’s individual weak spot. Then: Write down your goals for the revamp and a few basic guidelines, like these
DETOX YOUR WARDROBE
Once you’ve analysed the current state of your closet, it’s time for a thorough detox. Reserve at least a full afternoon to go through your wardrobe piece by piece and get rid of anything that doesn’t make you feel confident and inspired. Check out the closet detox cheat sheet
if you need a little decision making assistance.
The best way to define your style is to expose yourself to as many different aesthetics as possible. So get creative
, collect a ton of inspiration from blogs, magazines and pinterest
, and save every image that speaks to you in some way. Which colours, materials, silhouettes, specific pieces and overall themes do you gravitate towards?
CREATE A STYLE CONCEPT
Next, go back over everything you have collected to identify themes and combine everything into a coherent story line (= your personal style). Read this post
for a complete step-by-step guide and, if you like, also this post
for more advice on how to select a colour palette for your wardrobe.
BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE
A capsule wardrobe is a selection of 20 to 30 key pieces that express the essence of your style, are optimally adjusted to your lifestyle and allow you to quickly pull together an outfit for every occasion. Think of them as the ‘main ingredients’ in your wardrobe – you might want to try out a few new spices here and there, but as long as your main ingredients are in the mix, you know that the end result will turn out well. Read this post
for detailed instructions on how to build a capsule wardrobe based on your style concept and lifestyle, and check out the 20 pieces 20 outfits series
to see some complete samples.
DEVELOP A UNIFORM
Having a uniform on stand-by not only saves you time in the morning, it’s also the easiest way to ensure you always have several outfits in your closet that make you feel great and ready for the day. Read this two-part guide
on how to develop a uniform that reflects the key idea of your style and that you can wear in lots of different versions.
Have a closer look at your usual approach to shopping and how you could improve it. Are you a chronic bargain-hunter and impulse shopper, but want to change that? Some steps that will help: Read up on some common shopping fallacies
and how to avoid them. Work with a flexible budget
. Learn about ethical fashion and develop an eco-conscious
shopping strategy. Use these 5 questions
to figure out whether a potential new item really deserves a spot in your closet. And: Learn how to assess the quality of garments. The price of an item isn’t always a reliable indicator of its quality, so studying up on a few basic quality indicators
(like seams and tailoring) is key to building a wardrobe of high-quality pieces that last you more than just a season.
STYLE GO-TO LOOKS
Get to know your new and improved wardrobe inside out! Challenge yourself to come up with at least a handful of looks that you love for each of your main activities (work, going out, gym, etc.). Go back to the inspiration you collected for your style concept if you need ideas, and check out this post
for colour pairing tips.
Keep your wardrobe well-maintained with regular updates throughout the year. I like to do a thorough overhaul twice a year to prep my wardrobe for the upcoming season, deal with repairs and incorporate new inspirations, plus two mini updates mid-season. Read this post
for more details.
SIMPLIFY BEAUTY ROUTINE
Once your wardrobe is all set and freshly edited, you may want to simplify your beauty routine and product collection as well! Read this post
for ideas on how to translate your style concept into a signature make up look and this post
for 8 quick tips to help you streamline your hair and body routine.
For a complete walk-through of the entire process, lots of templates and checklists: Check out the INTO MIND workbook.