10 Step Wardrobe Revamp // Updated

Develop a Uniform | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp

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 It was totally out of date by now though, so I shot some new photos and created a completely revised edition with relevant links for every step.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 | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 1
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 Closet | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 2
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.
Collect Inspiration | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 3
COLLECT INSPIRATION
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 | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 4
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 | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 5
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 | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 6
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.
Shop Smarter | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 7
SHOP SMARTER
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 | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 8
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.
Maintain Wardrobe | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 9
MAINTAIN WARDROBE
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 | 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp
step 10
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.

11 comments

  1. Your blog was recommended by Colleterie, and she was spot on.
    I’m writing to thank you for such a well-thought out program of developing a wardrobe.
    Most of the information I found in books and online was not helpful at all. A capsule wardrobe as most of them portrayed isn’t for me: it’s boring. The thought of changing these-called “look” of a dress with accessories every day isn’t for me. I don’t like scarves and a bajillion pairs of earrings and bracelets in different colors and I’m just not a person who wants to wear the same dress twice a week. I don’t want a ton of clothes, but others guidelines were not working.
    You have been so helpful to me because the thought process for creating a wardrobe comes from WITHIN.
    I am beginning a new career as a very visible person in media, so am starting from scratch. Most of my old clothes don’t fit my new life.
    I’ve been working on this in the last few days and it is so HELPFUL.
    Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
    I’ve struggled with this for years and now am making some progress and am happy!
    So much on the web is a waste of time. Your blog isn’t. Keep it up!

  2. Hi,
    I would really appreciate it if you would do a section on accessories. I’ve been following your blog for a while and am approaching the point where my core wardrobe is working, but… I’m struggling with jewelry, scarves, bags, and so on, that I’ve amassed over the years. They don’t take up much space, but psychologically I know they are a major contributor to the clutter.

    Thanks.

  3. I’m beyond in love with this blog lol!

    I was wondering if you could make a post dedicated towards online shopping (in terms of what to look for in which could assure you that the quality is acceptable, etc). I find that the physical stores close to me almost never have items that suit my style as much as the items (which includes both clothing & accessories) I find online.

    Almost all of my wardrobe modification I’ve been working on, have been mainly focused on things I’ve found online.

  4. The most perfect informational blog post ever. I have this habit of clinging onto every item of clothing I own and being filled with despair at the thought of de-cluttering my wardrobe. I’ll be using these tips to cut those emotional ties and cut down my wardrobe size too :)
    Thanks!
    I can see why this post is one of your most popular :)
    xxx
    Tasmin | Grandiose Days Blog

  5. Sweet! It looks good, as always. Thanks for updating the information. I need to go through this one more time. Still refining my wardrobe but I think I have figured out what my style is. Cheers!

  6. These steps are incredibly helpful, thank you so much for writing this out in such a detailed manner. The concept of shopping smarter and building a capsule wardrobe is something I’m really trying to implement in my life, so this is all much needed (and appreciated) advice.

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