Wear Your Wardrobe

Clare Edwards personal stylist sevendaystyle

PHOTO: Trousers (part of a suit) - ASOS; shirt - J Crew; cards - Galeries Lafayette; trainers - Air & Grace

Hello! Long time, no speak. Hope you are all having a good day and I must thank you for sticking with me as it's been about a decade since I last updated my website. I'm not one to dwell on the past though so let's just ignore that and concentrate on the fact that I've opened up my laptop and am ready to write......

At this time of the year many perfectly sane people decide to deprive themselves of something they love and attempt to make major changes in their lives via their New Year's Resolutions. By the third week of January the stats are that 90% will have failed. This is why I believe that denying yourself anything is the route to unhappiness. I know we've all heard the adage 'everything in moderation' a million times but it truly is a good phrase to live by. Whether it's alcohol, sugar, clothes, crisps or peanut M&Ms, telling yourself you can't have something is a sure fire way to ensure that you want it even more.

I'd like to focus on shopping embargoes. I do totally understand no spend January but I think it 's better to look at your spending habits throughout the year not just for one twelfth of it. Let's face it, we all have plenty of clothes so why do we continue to crave more and more? Sometimes we convince ourselves that we 'need' something but most of the time that just isn't the case. Here are a few tips for thinking before you spend:

1. Write down everything you buy. If you can't face writing it down (including the price) then take a minute to think if you really want it. It's a good way of keeping track of your spending as well as documenting the things you have in your wardrobe. If you really want to get super organised then take a photo of each item and use an app like Stylish Girl to create your online wardrobe.

2. For every new item that you buy, get rid of a similar one. For example. if you buy a new dress, sell or donate an existing dress. This will force you to think about whether you prefer the new item over anything you already have in your wardrobe.

3. Tick the items off your list once you've worn them and go back over your list every couple of weeks. If you find you bought something two weeks ago and you still haven't worn it consider returning it.

4. Think of three ways you can wear each new item you buy. Make sure you already own sufficient items to create outfits using the new item. Don't buy something and then find that you need to buy three other things in order for it to work in your wardrobe.

We all love a bit of shopping but wearing the wardrobe we already have is the way to go. There is something joyous in looking through a magazine, website or instagram, falling in love with something and then finding that you already own something similar. Whenever you see an outfit you love on someone else try repeating it with pieces you already have in your wardrobe. Go on, rediscover your own clothes and wear your wardrobe!