Since reading Culling Your Wardrobe – Part 1 you may have been living with several messy piles of garments on your bedroom floor. Good! We hope that by now you are thoroughly sick of them and ready to move on.
Start sorting through the clothes and assembling new outfits from what you already have. Read the sections in our books about colour, pattern and texture to help you get creative with how you put looks together. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and experiment. You are still in the safe confines of your bedroom.
Begin by laying out your new outfits on the bed. Every time you come up with a look that you love, try it on and ask your friend to take a photo. This will help you to remember your flashes of inspiration.
As you go note down any simple items you lack that will complete a killer outfit. For example, you may have a stylish jacket that requires a plain belt to pull it into shape, or a beautifully patterned skirt that needs a printed t-shirt to top it off. Or you may be crying out for a pair of silver flatties that will go with almost everything. This will be the basis of your shopping list.
Bearing in mind what you now know about your body shape you will discover that your wardrobe harbours some treacherous garments that simply do not flatter you at all. But could they be changed with a belt? Or by performing simple surgery with scissors, needle and thread? Are there colours that don’t do you any favours but could benefit from dyeing? Are there skirts that could be shortened or lengthened? Tops that could be re-shaped? Put all these items on one side – we will deal with them later. Lastly – brace yourself – if there is any garment that is utterly irredeemable, no matter how much it cost, no matter who gave it to you nor where you first wore it… into the black bin bag it must go!
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