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So Last Season

Work that wardrobe!

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 6:11pm

Now that I’ve pretty much given up on my summer wardrobe and have taken to wearing autumn layers with gusto, it’s time to stop putting off the inevitable and get to work on clearing out my wardrobe.

To be fair, I don’t generally have a big changeover anymore as I tend to wear a lot of the same stuff all year round and just work different layers depending on the weather, but there will always be a few things that need to be packed away for the following year.

I find it’s helpful to keep coats and knitwear in a separate wardrobe if possible, to avoid having to swap them in and out and I keep my very high summer/holiday pieces stored away in a separate bag, which doesn’t amount to an awful lot of pieces.

It's mainly a few bikinis and pool side cover ups, basically stuff I would never wear in Ireland. Doing this seasonal wardrobe switch up is also a good time to do some maintenance work to your clothing and put in place best standard practices to ensure you get longevity out of your most beloved pieces.

Now if I practised what I preached here, are some things I would do to get my wardrobe in tip-top shape:

There are two things I feel are very important when it comes to keeping clothes looking their best; no overcrowding and no to wire hangers.

The overcrowding is a particular bug bear of mine. Why go to all the trouble of caring for your clothes and hanging them up only to crease them by jamming them all into your wardrobe? Unless you’re trying to keep the door to Narnia well hidden this is not acceptable practice.

I also recommend keeping like with like and having some colour system in place. It just makes things that bit easier on those mornings where we haven’t planned our outfits the night before and we need to get dressed in a hurry.

Wire hangers must be banished from our lives and are really only acceptable for collecting dry cleaning. They leave your tops all out of sorts and trousers folded over them will become inevitably marked again requiring excess ironing if you want to look presentable.

If you do have a wardrobe full of wire start phasing them out now by buying batches of wood or rubber coated hangers as you can afford them. They can be picked up reasonably everywhere from Penneys to Tesco.

I know we all hate to do it and I’m being a complete hypocrite here because my mother does it for me but can we just take a moment to discuss handwashing.

When it comes to knitwear and bras it is a necessary evil. There is nothing worse than buying a beautiful knit only for the washing machine to turn it into a boiled micro jumper.

After handwashing, a quick spin in the washing machine and a brief spell on the clothes horse will ensure your delicates stay looking their best. I also prefer to only give things a quick jaunt in the tumble dryer where possible.

I must admit one area that I do fall down on is footwear maintenance. It’s very hard when you’re short on space to keep shoes in their boxes so I do this for a few of my more expensive pairs and keep them stacked up in a corner.

Shoe bags are also a handy idea and means they stay dust free while stacked in a cupboard somewhere and if you have the space a shoe rack is fine and you can ensure they keep their shape by using a shoe tree in either wood or inexpensive foam.

One thing that always annoys me is trying to store knee high or over the knee boots. They always fall over and look messy but leg inserts will easily solve this problem and keep them upright. I’m off now to practice what I preach in my own wardrobe!

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