My schedule is quite busy what with having to juggle work commitments, events and also being a mum so the last thing I really want to have to deal with in the morning is a good ol’ fashioned wardrobe crisis! I’ve had my fair share of moments where I’ve been left with a pile of clothes and still no closer to determining what I’m going to wear so I’ve created a few must-dos for myself over the years to help make the whole process of walking out the door, dressed and ready to tackle the day a lot easier.
There are some days where I’m going to my office, some days where I have an event and some where I’m doing a Date with Kate or hanging out with Sophia and Grace so at the beginning of each week I usually like to look at what each day ahead is going to be like so I know the type of outfits I need to pull together for the week.
If I know for example that I have to go from the office to an event, I’ll opt for an outfit that’s a little dressier so I can easily transition from work to drinks. Also, I usually have a bigger bag with me when I’m heading to the office as I need to take my laptop with me, but I’ll always bring a clutch to use later on so I’m not lugging a huge bag around. If I know it’s a day where I’m with the girls, I’ll usually just opt for something casual like jeans, a tee and sneakers as I know we’ll be doing a lot running around and for those types of days, comfort is key.
Do a trial run
If I’ve got a Date with Kate interview or an event I will usually try to plan my outfit a few days in advance so I have time to try the whole look on and choose my accessories such as my bag, shoes and jewellery accordingly. Also this helps me to know if something needs to be dry cleaned, ironed or washed ahead of time and I will have a few days up my sleeve to get it done. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and having an outfit in your head only to realise that it’s currently sitting in the washing basket.
Have some go-to pieces
I usually have a selection of looks I can turn to when I need to get out the door fast. These are just outfits I know already work so I don’t have to really think about them. When I’m heading to the office I usually stick to neutral tones and if I don’t have an event I’ll usually wear brogues or ballet flats and pop a blazer on. It’s just great to have standby options at the ready for those days when I don’t want to think about what to wear.
Maintain an organised wardrobe
When half my wardrobe is sitting on the floor there’s every chance that I will end up flustered and not knowing what to wear. So, I’ve made a point of trying to keep my wardrobe organised. I’ve shared a few of my tips here before but the aim is really to have everything visible and within easy reach so I don’t have to spend ages trying to track down one particular shirt or one particular shoe.
Do a weather check
I do this without fail and it really helps to narrow down what I’m going to wear. For example if it’s going to be pouring down with rain I’m likely to steer clear of neutrals that are going to get dirty easily. I usually already have a few options in my head and knowing what the temperature will be helps to narrow it down. Having a distinct idea of what it is I want to wear helps to make getting out the door a smoother process.
How do you avoid morning wardrobe dilemmas?
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock you may have missed the momentous occasion that fashion lovers have been waiting for: you can now buy Zara online. All your super on trend buys are now just a click away and this means that it has never been easier to update your wardrobe. If you’re still trying to navigate your way through the trans-seasonal weather (which if you’re in Sydney like me has been going from cool to scorching hot every few days) you may be noticing that you need a few new pieces to update your look. And there’s no better opportunity to do it on a budget than by checking out Zara’s latest offerings. I pulled together an edit of autumn’s must-haves for less than $500 and all six pieces should take you into winter and beyond.
Scroll down to shop my six must-have autumn pieces
Zara black three quarter length blazer, $99
A plain black blazer is a very handy thing to have in your wardrobe. It’s the type of piece that’s saved me on more than one occasion as it can instantly dress up an outfit in seconds. The cropped length of this style is great for our current is-it-or-isn’t-it-cold weather. And the pearl buttons are the kind of small finishing touch that can turn an ordinary blazer into something on trend.
Zara flowing v-neck blouse, $69.95
Click through to see this plain chambray shirt in action but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s the perfect cut for wearing in that relaxed, effortless, quintessential French girl style.
Zara striped shirt with sheer detail, $59.95
A white shirt is all kinds of useful in any wardrobe but sometimes you just want to take a staple up a notch. Enter a sheer beauty such as this. It’s a great layering piece as you can wear a slip underneath for a more modest look or wear a gorgeous bra when you’re going for slightly sexier.
Zara neutral wide leg trousers, $69.95
A pair of wide leg trousers are great for the office and for off duty wear. Pair it with a button down, a simple tee or a slip and you can create myriad looks.
Zara geometric print pleated skirt, $69.95
Adding a punchy garment to your autumn wardrobe can add some life back into old wardrobe favourites. This piece can easily take you from 9 to 5 straight to after work drinks without missing a beat.
Zara black loafers with buckle detail, $69.95
I’m all about a great pair of polished flats as they’re comfy and so stylish at the same time. This style would work well with everything from jeans to a skirt and is the ideal shoe to see you through autumn/winter.
Have you snapped up anything on Zara online yet? Do share!
If you’ve ever faced that moment at the beginning of the week where the prospect of dressing yourself for the next seven days with what’s already in your wardrobe seems all too hard then you’re not alone. It’s said that women only wear 20 per cent of what’s in their closet and faced with that number it’s easy to see how we can become bored with what we already own and fall into a rut of wearing the same outfits on rotation. So it’s time to shake things up! For one week I’m daring you to think beyond your tried and tested looks and start looking at what you own in a new way. It’s easy to constantly top up your wardrobe with new items but it’s knowing how to revamp what you have that will really expand your closet.
To help you get started I’ve pulled together seven daily wardrobe challenges that will hopefully encourage you to think beyond your usual fashion repertoire and stumble upon an outfit you never knew you always wanted to wear. I think this is a great way to inject freshness into your ensembles and fall back in love with old pieces and discover new ways to wear them. And because I’m all about new outfit inspo I’d love for you to share your looks with me on Instagram using the hashtag #kwoutfitchallenge. Good luck and here’s to a week of great outfits!
Day 1: Wear a vibrant colour
A bright hue is an effective way to inject a bit of energy into your every day look. Wear the most vibrant colour you own (yellow is always a fave of mine) and watch how it can instantly elevate your outfit.
Day 2: Try layering two unexpected pieces in your wardrobe
Find the most not so obvious pairings in your closet (below I did a mesh shirt and a corset top) and put them together. With a little experimentation you’re bound to discover a combination that not only works but is one that you’d never have thought to put together.
Day 3. Play with proportions and incorporate a voluminous piece in your look (two if you’re feeling adventurous!)
I really committed to this look and wore a blouson sleeve top and culottes to maximise the voluminous silhouette. If you’re usually one for form fitting garments or are just a tad intimidated by wearing something with so much volume try incorporating it just once into your look in the form of a top or pants.
Day 4: Try an ombre look and wear varying shades of the one colour
Choose one colour and wear it from head to toe in varying shades for a look that’s playful but still cohesive. I chose pink (I took inspiration from my earrings) but you can pick any colour that takes your fancy.
Day 5: Wear the boldest print in your wardrobe
I just adore this crazy cat print as it’s so fun! Often playing with prints is a great way to refresh your wardrobe as it instantly adds a striking element that can take your look into new territory.
Day 6: Pair sneakers with something unexpected
Sneakers have become a wardrobe staple for me and I love just how versatile they’ve become. I love choosing a traditionally dressy piece and turning it into an off duty look with a pair of trainers.
Day 7: Wear a print and a vibrant colour in the one look
This is all about clashing and co-ordinating. Learning to work prints and colours in a way that works can instantly expand your wardrobe. If this hasn’t really been your thing in the past I’ve found an easy place to start is with a monochrome print worked back with a bright pop of colour. It’s combination that always works.
Spring is officially here so what better time than now do a complete wardrobe overhaul. I’ve always found there’s something quite cathartic about cleaning your closet as it allows you to take stock of what you own and be reminded of pieces you may have forgotten about and pinpoint what might be missing from your wardrobe. So, are you ready to clean?
Take out everything
In order to thoroughly do a stocktake make sure you take out everything in your wardrobe so you can inspect every single garment. This process will obviously take quite awhile so be sure to set aside enough time to do it (I promise you’ll feel better afterwards!).
My husband is notorious for hanging onto things like t-shirts that he never wears with a million holes through it and I’m always the one who says it has to go! I don’t have a very big house so space is a big commodity and I know the importance of a good edit as far as my wardrobe goes.
For me, I have one basic rule: if I haven’t worn something in over a year then it has got to go. I think that’s a really good indication of how crucial it is to your wardrobe; if you’ve made it through all four seasons you haven’t once taken it out once then there’s usually a 100 per cent likelihood that you won’t wear it again.
Also if something is damaged and beyond repair or is looking really tatty it’s probably time to say goodbye to it. You want your wardrobe to be filled with pieces that you love and are functional.
Divide and conquer
As you’re decluttering separate your clothes into piles: one to keep, one to donate to charity and one to alter or fix. Take the time to try on everything and be brutally honest about its place in your wardrobe. Don’t rush this part as this is often how you will end up hoarding things rather than parting with garments that aren’t getting used as you’re not thoroughly going through your closet.
Organise and categorise
I will pair like with like so skirts with skirts, dresses with dresses, t-shirts with t-shirts and so forth. I also have a small section in my wardrobe specifically for the clothes that I wear all the time so things like my jeans, favourite leather pants and go-to tees. This is so I don’t have to rifle through everything else each time I’m looking for something and mess my wardrobe up.
See what needs fixing
Now is also the time to check out your shoes to see if they need resoling or fixing. Along with your shoes gather all the garments that need to be altered or fixed and do it all in ONE go. If there’s a pair of pants that you feel you would wear a lot more if it was taken up then it’s worth the effort purely for the fact you won’t have something sitting in your wardrobe going unused.
What are some of your tips for doing a wardrobe spring clean?