IT’S TIME FOR AN AUTUMN WARDROBE REFRESH!
There’s only one thing better than the arrival of autumn… and that’s the chance for an autumn wardrobe refresh!
Once the summer starts to wane, and I mean truly wane, the time is right for a sartorial sort out.
Those first few blissful days… when the kids have gone back to school, the acorns underfoot are getting foot stompingly, satisfyingly crunchy and the mornings start to have that deliciously fresh feeing.
That’s when I can’t wait to switch things around on the sartorial front. It’s not called Cashmere Season for nothing!
So, in this my favourite fresh start month, I’m thrilled to partner again with one of my goto brands, The White Company, to bring you my tips for a fun and fulfilling wardrobe refresh.
Because lets face it, as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing quite as fulfilling as a thorough wardrobe edit all ready for a brand new season!
And when it comes to stocking up on new season basics, investment classics and of course cashmere, The White Company is pretty much always my first port of call.
Armed with a few good Spotify playlists, coffee and a bucket load of autumnal enthusiasm, I skip off to my wardrobes in the manner of a kid in a candy store. Or should that be a cashmere store?
Here’s how I ensure that my autumn wardrobe refresh is a painless, productive and pleasurable process…
In the process of a complete closet overhaul about a year ago, I edited down everything to the degree that I could pretty much keep it all in one room and eliminate the need for seasonal storage in the attic.
So now I try and be a bit more proactive by having regular mini wardrobe culls as and when. It’s a great way of figuring out what you truly do still wear… and quite satisfying when the mood to pull things out of the cupboards in a fit of minimalism strikes!
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve gone upstairs in search of a pair of socks, only to have Mr OS call up half an hour later to ask where I’ve got to.
By editing continuously, when it’s season change over time and everything has to come out for inspection, there’s a lot less to go through.
AIM TO BUILD AN ALL SEASON WARDROBE
When space allows, I like to keep as many transitional pieces to hand as possible and only pack away what I call the deep seasonal stuff.
A somewhat overheated lesson was learned one October when all my summer clothing had been vacuum packed into storage bags and I was left sweating out an unseasonal heat wave in heavy jumpers!
For the most part, when shopping I try to stick to items that will serve across the seasons and avoid too many definitive warm or cold weather purchases.
Call me sad but I really don’t like the process of putting any clothing into the attic, even it is adequately protected. It just feels plain wrong!
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO STORAGE
Having treated myself to
three more than one gorgeous basket bag this summer, I’ll be using mine for storage in the dressing room throughout the winter. They’re far too pretty to hide!
Other than that I use white canvas zip up boxes that sit atop the cupboards to store those truly seasonal pieces.
That way they’re still to hand and provide reassurance that one winter, when the chance to fly off somewhere that requires a kaftan and bikini presents itself, I’ll be ready!
Warm weather fantasies
keep the cold at bay…
It’s healthy to have warm weather fantasies throughout the colder months right?
I also now keep a rail in the dressing room. Not only does it come in really handy for work and keeping track of items I need to shoot, but at wardrobe edit time it comes into its own.
I use it to hang core pieces on and then pull out other items to build around them. This way you can identify the things you find yourself reaching for again and again. I’m looking at you white shirts and stretch black trousers!
So to the back (and by that I mean onto higher shelves or into canvas storage boxes atop the wardrobe), goes beachwear, distinctly summer dresses and bags that won’t weather any serious British downpours.
Then it’s on to the shoes. All the brightly coloured, tassel and fringe adorned sandals get put into a storage box and out come the ankle boots. Boy do I love seeing my ankle and biker boots back in rotation again!
Come September I move shorts to the back and bring the sweater piles to the forefront again – all the while doing a little Yay For Sweater Weather jig around the room.
Can we just give the floor over to cashmere at this point??
I keep cashmere in storage bags all year round – I bought mine from The White Company some years back and they’ve been invaluable in protecting these precious pieces.
I place a few wooden cedar balls in amongst the layers inside for a little added insurance against the dreaded nibblers.
I had a moth incident once. Never gotten over it and don’t want to go there again!
Being a confirmed cashmere geek, I enjoy nothing more than seeing neatly folded piles of sweaters as they go into the bag. Don’t judge.
I followed in the footsteps of the Wardrobe Icons ladies and got myself a folding board. What can I say? My life made… right there!
Then it’s just a case of bringing the heavier weight pieces to the forefront and leaving the lighter summer knits to the back.
Not my favourtie part of the process… although that all changed slightly when I discovered how effective baby wipes can be at wiping down the cupboards and shelves. Who knew?
Vacuuming, dusting and baby wipe extravaganza over and done with, its time for the fun part – putting it all back in and maybe re-jigging some of the storage.
Yes… I am that person who likes to colour code within item type for the most part. What can I say? I’m a wardrobe nerd.
MAKE A LIST…OR THREE
Possibly bordering on total and utter nerd quota now but as I’m re-arranging the contents, I make a Basics and Investment To Buy list on my iNotes.
Even the best stock of basics requires replenishment from time to time, especially if like me you wear the be-jeepers out of certain great pieces.
And when it comes to investments, as well as protecting them, it’s always a good idea to assess to see if they still truly fit with your style criteria.
Style should evolve with
all the stages of your life…
I’m a firm believer that style should evolve throughout all the stages of your life, so what was once an oft-worn classic may no longer float your sartorial boat.
That’s totally fine. If you no longer love that investment piece, admit it, kiss it goodbye and send it on its way via a friend, charity shop or a pre-loved clothing seller platform.
And then set about the joy of adding a new investment piece that you’ve been coveting for ages to your list.
Often for me that’s a major piece like a new winter coat. This season it was the turn of the biker jacket. I’ve been warbling on about ditching my faux leather version for the real deal for eons.
This one is simply the best thing I’ve ever had the pleasure to smooth, sniff and soothingly murmur to all at the same time!
A biker jacket, cashmere + joggers
is the ultimate in lazy girl luxe!
And for the basics this season’s list contains more cotton tops… and another pair of joggers to work at home in comfort. When you team them with cashmere and a biker jacket, it’s the ultimate in lazy girl luxe!
The iNote geekery comes into its own when you’re out shopping with funds to spend and wonder what on earth it was that you thought you really needed to add to your closet this season.
It also discourages those impulse purchases too. Mostly.
And there you have it! A potentially slightly geeky, but oh so enjoyable way to update your closet for the new season ahead.
OVER TO YOU!
Have you carried out your autumn wardrobe sort out yet and how do you go about deciding on what stays and what goes?
And what will you be putting on your basics and investment list this autumn?
Drop me a note in the comments below – other peoples wardrobes are like catnip to me!
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The White Company – a brand that I adore and am proud to feature as the first post on the new look blog!
Photography : Marlene Lee
Style Credits: All White Company pieces featured were borrowed for the shoot with the exception of the Leather Biker Jacket which was gifted.