Start by breaking your wardrobe down into sections; tops, bottoms, shoes, outerwear etc. You’ll soon start to see a pattern – take note of the styles, shapes and lengths you always wear and consider why you wear them. By working out the items you wear repeatedly, you’ll see which styles you are most comfortable in, whether that’s oversized, tight-fitting, long, cropped, flat or heeled. These are the styles that you should use as your foundation for building a wardrobe around.

EDIT YOUR WARDROBE DOWN

The next step of the wardrobe clear out is to consider which items you don’t wear. There may be pieces that you love the idea of, but that never leave your wardrobe. Having these kind of pieces in your wardrobe just makes dressing more difficult. So to begin editing your wardrobe down, organise your clothing into four different piles:

It’s inevitable that the clothes you love will start to show signs of wear and tear sooner or later. But don’t let a rip, a stain or a missing button stand in the way of you and a good outfit. Consider whether you can repurpose or repair the items that you no longer want. It’s so easy to re-stitch a missing button, sew a patch onto your ripped jeans or darn your holey socks. Another option is upcycling: can you make the piece of clothing into something else? Check out our DIY Bobble Hat Tutorial or our DIY Upcycled Shirt Tutorial for inspiration.

If you really aren’t able to fix or repurpose the clothing item, then why not get creative in how you get rid of the clothes you no longer want? For example, you could try organising clothing swaps with your friends. This can be a wonderfully fun and sociable way to refresh your wardrobe – and it’s totally free!

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Or, you can pass clothes you no longer need or wear on to the charity TRAID for reuse! They request donations of clothing, shoes or homeware, to re-sell in their charity shops. To help you pass your unwanted clothing on responsibly and easily, (as well as reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill), we’ve launched our new Pass Me On initiative in collaboration with TRAID.

PASSING YOUR CLOTHING ON RESPONSIBLY: OUR TRAID INITIATIVE

“Being responsible about the clothes we buy also extends to being responsible about what we do with the clothes we no longer want.” – TRAID

With our Pass Me On initiative, you can now easily and responsibly donate the clothes you no longer want to wear. If you live in London and the South East, all you need to do is book a collection with TRAID either online, by phone (020 8733 2595) or by email and they will collect the items from your doorstep at no cost.

Simply make sure you have at least one large bin liner sized bag of quality clothes or shoes to donate, although it really helps TRAID if it’s more. And remember, these clothes don’t need to be Thought, they can be any brand.

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What’s more, we are able to track all clothing collected from Thought customers. This means we will be regularly sharing with you how much waste you’ve saved from landfill and how much money you’ve raised for TRAID. All money raised will be put into an education programme to teach people of all ages about the impacts of clothing on people and the environment, and give people the tools and skills to live more sustainably. Click here to organise a TRAID collection!

FOR THE FUTURE

Don’t forget to be mindful when you are next out shopping, or browsing the internet. Read my Conscious Shopping Guide to discover more about how to shop thoughtfully and how to avoid impulse-buying.

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