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Purge to Splurge – A Wardrobe Overhaul

Crimson leaves, crisp mornings, and…dirty windows. Yes, it’s officially autumn, there’s no doubt about that. Remind me why all the windows suddenly look like something out of Hammer House of Horrors?

I might not be keen on the extra cleaning required, but autumn is officially my favourite season; not least because I get to resurrect my cosy knits and ankle boots.

With every new season, I get a little bit excited about bringing out my old favourites. But this year was different. This year those ‘old favourites’ looked pretty well-worn (shabby), with some items being three (five) years old.

Here’s a tip: if you have to question whether something is fashionable any more? It probably isn’t. Trust me, I share my home with two teenage girls.

Time for a wardrobe overhaul

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If you’re considering taking the plunge yourself, there are two benefits to a wardrobe overhaul: 1) It scratches that ‘I want to tidy’ itch; and 2) It provides a legitimate excuse to take the credit card on an outing.

Feeling increasingly uninspired by my wardrobe, and after sharing my intentions on Instagram (social media is a great source of accountability) I made a start. But first, I gave myself some strict but simple guidelines to follow:

  1. Am I questioning whether it’s fashionable?
  2. Does it have a hole in it or look over-worn?
  3. Has it sat in my wardrobe without being worn for more than a year?
  4. Do I wonder if it suits me every time I wear it?
  5. Does it not actually fit properly?

If the item fell into any of these five categories, it was gone. I applied it to my underwear (no more grey, baggy knickers allowed), all footwear (my favourite Dune wedding shoes circa 2002 are no more), handbags, clothes and accessories. I was ruthless people!

This was the end result.

So now that I’ve successfully completed my ‘purge’ and our local charity shops have been re-stocked, it’s time for a guilt-free ‘splurge’!

Come follow me on Instagram or tune in over here on a Friday as I share some of my new purchases *claps hands with excitement*.

Do you like a regular wardrobe overhaul? Fancy following my lead? 

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  • Plutonium Sox

    Oh gosh, well done that sounds like a big purge! I desperately need to do this sometime too, determined to lose some weight before I restock my wardrobe though! And I’ve never noticed my windows being more dirty in Autumn. I bet I’m going to notice it now and it’s going to drive me mad!!

    • Suzanne W

      It seems to be something to do with the sun being lower or at least a change – spring and autumn are a nightmare. And don’t get me started on the spiders! *shudders*

  • I’m impressed! And you still seem to have a lot of clothes left! I sort mine out about once a year, so it’s probably due for another sort out soon. As I don’t have fashionable clothes or seasonal clothes, my only consideration is whether or not something is too faded or has too many holes!

    • Suzanne W

      Sounds fair. I threw out quite a few that I have been wearing for years and years. It does pay to buy quality.

  • Natalie

    Ooh enjoy lovely I am looking forward to a little splurge once this baby arrives!!

    • Suzanne W

      The perfect excuse right there! x

  • Kara

    I love a good wardrobe purge. I tend to do it every time we move (every 18 months) but this week as I looked for something to wear in what to the outside world looks like a bulging wardrobe, I realised that most of the clothes fit into your Qs and thus I had little to wear.

    So next week I shall be purging again using your inspo.

    Hope you have treated yourself.


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