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Laura
Hi! I'm Laura, a 23-year-old millennial girl discovering who I am by sharing my life experiences on my blog. You'll find me writing about me discovering my personal style, my growing wanderlust or giving any sort of style, uni or mental health advice.

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HOW I RESHOP MY OWN WARDROBE


Hello my name is Laura and I am fully aware that I am super impulsive shopper. Especially when I was younger I was very impulsive, I would always find myself buying lots of clothes in cheaper high street stores. I would have to blame this on how marketing works. One of the perks of studying Communications with a little bit of marketing is just noticing how easily brands can manipulate you with psychology tricks. The older I get, the more aware I become of their marketing tricks. I now understand why brands communicate a certain way and am definitely more aware of this whenever I want to buy new clothes. In a world where everything is super fast and we are all encouraged to buy more clothes via social media and influencers I actually find myself backing away from it all. I want to live more sustainable and caving into every fashion trend or buying yourself a lot of new clothes from high street stores definitely does not fit into that picture.

If there is one thing I have become aware of in 2018, it’s how many clothes I own that are still in perfect condition and have not been touched as much as they would have wanted it to. Because I have accumulated so many clothes throughout the years, I thought it would be a great idea to just re-evaluate every item in my wardrobe so I am kind of reshopping my whole wardrobe altogether and rediscover older items of clothing. I feel like this is definitely influenced by authors who write about curated wardrobes, as I like to have a very curated wardrobe myself. However back in 2018, I did not know where to start and how to reshop my own wardrobe. After watching the Marie Kondo series on Netflix a couple of weeks ago, which was so satisfying to watch, I decided to just do it in my own way and this is how I reshopped my own wardrobe.



Get all of your clothes out

I love myself a spring clean and whenever time comes around to do this in my wardrobe, I usually just get my clothes out of my wardrobe and put it into one big pile of onto my bed. I would usually only do this by shelf as I would otherwise feel overwhelmed by how much of a mess would be on my bed. This time I decided to take on a different approach. I got all of my clothes out and put them into one big pile on the floor. I cleared out my hanging rack as well as all the shelves and was flabbergasted by how many clothes I own. By getting out all of your clothes and putting them into one big pile you make yourself aware of how much you already own.

Go through the pile Marie Kondo style

Next thing I did was definitely inspired by Marie Kondo. I am thinking I might have to read the book to really organise my life. Anyway, you have to go through your pile of clothes item per item. This way you really see how many clothes you have and you become aware of it too. Picking out the stuff you want to keep is where the Marie Kondo style comes in. She says that you should only keep the items that ‘spark joy’. At first I thought I would not be able to relate, but while I was going through it, I noticed that quite a lot of items, such as a pink and white striped tee did not make me feel anything. This is when I knew I had to throw it out. Other times when I was going through my pile of shirts, I had a couple of shirts in my wardrobe that actually reminded me of how I felt confident in it, which is when I would keep the item.



Look at what you’re already wearing

Once your big pile of clothes has become a little smaller, it’s important to make yourself aware of the items you own and how you can start incorporating them into your wardrobe again. There are always a couple of items inside of your wardrobe that you gravitate towards whenever you don’t know what to wear. My go-to items are a striped tee or a cosy jumper. These are the items I would always wear if I just don’t know. While going through your pile of clothes it’s good to take inspiration from what you’re already wearing so you can start styling the items you haven’t worn in a while. The colour palette in my wardrobe is very neutral, so I found that all the items I wanted to keep were pretty easy to style with other pieces from my wardrobe.

Plan your outfits for the week ahead

It’s fun to start styling outfits with pieces you haven’t worn in a while. To make sure you don’t forget about them (again) I find it easy to plan my outfits for the week ahead. I used to do this in high school, I would either plan out my outfit the night before or would do the entire week on a Sunday evening. Not only does this help make you more aware of all of your clothes inside your closet, it also gives you a lot less stress in the morning about what to wear. This really is the biggest bonus of it all, as it gives you an extra 5 to 10 minutes to stay in bed in the morning. Score!



What I'm wearing:
Very old ZARA jumper, ASOS flared trousers (similar from Topshop - affiliate link)

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  1. Love this post! I have started trying to be more conscious of how many clothes I buy and I have been trying to rewear items more. I deffo need to have a big clear out soon too.

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    1. Thank you Emerald! I hope this post helped to motivate you a little to start having a clear out :) xx

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  2. Love these tips Laura! I should definitely do this in my own wardrobe as well, especially since I know there is some items that deserve much more love because I always just tend to wear the same things over and over again... This could also lead to a few new outfit ideas and more inspiration again ;) ♥︎

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    1. Thank you Pinja! Same, I always wear the same things over and over again, until I have a massive wardrobe clear out and see how many great things are actually hidden in the back of my closet. Hope this helped to motivate you to clear out your wardrobe :) xx

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