Expert advice: How to clear out your closet

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As part of our new Sunday Series, every week, we bring you a new expert advice column to make the most of your life in Abu Dhabi. This week, Antoinette Chorlton, fashion consultant and founder of Glamour on the Go Stylist, tells us how to freshen up your closet for the year ahead. 

Do you ever find yourself staring at your closet full of clothes and feeling like you’ve got absolutely nothing to wear? You might think the only logical course of action is to go shopping and inject a little newness into your tired, old closet, but shopping is the last thing you should be doing.

January is always difficult, especially as we are most likely on a tight budget and yet the malls are crowded with sale shoppers eager to grab a bargain. Before you add more items to your already overcrowded closet, consider my clearout tips first before you go on another shopping spree.

So what should you get rid of?

  1. Clone clothing is a good place to start. This is anything you have multiples of (excluding T-shirts and underwear) or similar style clothing that you are not able to tell the difference between.
  1. Clothing that has never been worn with tags still attached (that you’ve had for 12 months or longer) or that you have only worn once in the last 12 months.
  1. Comfy loungewear that is only suitable for home. Worn out tracksuits, baggy T-shirts, leggings… Buy new loungewear every six to 12 months.
  1. Outfits bought for ‘special occasions’ that have never been worn, and never will be.
  1. Clothes that are too small, that you are saving for when you lose the last 5kg.
  1. Any stained or damaged clothing that you have no intention of ever repairing.
  1. Filler clothes are basically clothes in your closet taking up valuable retail space that you never intend on wearing again, either because you don’t like it anymore or it doesn’t suit your style and personality.

Once you have decluttered your closet from all of the above, take a step back, assess what is left over and then process it for a week or two.

Find out how your new closet is working for you, with your lifestyle and style personality.

Explore all your clothes options and look for inspiration in magazines, Pinterest or the internet and only then start making a list of what you need to add to your closet that will complement all of the above.

Stay tuned for next month’s style column where I will be sharing how to shop on a budget, sharing some great money-saving tips.

Antoinette offers group style masterclasses, styling services, fashion consulting, personal shopping trips and more. To find out more, contact: glamouronthegoantoinette@gmail.comglamouronthego.co

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