The Stylist’s Wardrobe Edit

Confession: Even Stylist’s need to edit their own wardrobes, can get in a muddle and not always find something to wear (easily!).

Now that’s out there, I can admit life has been a whirlwind since having another baby, with most jobs and chores done as fast as possible. So, I’ve been feeling a bit out of control of my own time and one of the ways I like to gain a sense of order and calm is to organise and tidy.

I have seen first hand so many times, how great it makes a client feel when I not only edit their wardrobe and create new outfits but also de-clutter and basically reorganize their lives!

It is definitely overdue for me to do a little edit of my own wardrobe, reevaluate  what I am wearing and what I’m not, check what still fits and get tidied up!

I usually set aside half a day with clients for an average sized wardrobe but I am a big believer in trying to do little and often if time is limited- it’s better to clear one drawer than leave everything for another day.

So, in between feeding the baby, nursery drop offs and pick ups, mealtimes and bedtime, I squeezed in a little mini wardrobe edit myself this week and was surprised by how much I could take away from the task!

Things I have learnt:

  • I definitely seem to have a ‘thing’ for white cotton shirts, grey t-shirts and don’t even get me started on the stripes. Too many to own up to. I’m consistent if anything.
  • I recently read a quote (in relation to minimalism and living more mindfully): “Clothes don’t have feelings” which should make it easier to part with them. They don’t have feelings bit boy do they hold a lot of memories for me.  There were items I picked out which instantly transported me to some great times and places.
  • I can tell that my style and taste has changed but overall my core personal style is still there. Perhaps it’s just becoming simpler due to my lifestyle, more defined as I grow in confidence and know myself better or it’s more to do with refining with age (but would rather not believe its due to getting older so we’ll go with the first two).
  • I am ruthless with day to day pieces but less so with occasionalwear. Which is abit silly because obviously I get less wear out of a sequin dress or feather skirt but I wistfully dream of more cocktail parties and fancy weddings in the future. I hold onto the special pieces but in contrast that washed out tee living in the drawer has to go, it might be more practical but I know I’m not going to wear it, really.
  • Getting dressed for me is really emotive. I only keep items that I put on and instantly like and feel good in.  It’s all about feeling like me and stepping out into the world expressing who I am. Being dressed the part and being comfortable is key. This could be in the most simple casual wear or a dressier ensemble but if I don’t feel good in it – it doesnt have a home.
  • My lifestyle dictates the styles I feel comfortable in but that doesn’t mean I only keep the clothes that suit my days at home with my two small children. It’s important to remember I am a wife, a friend, a stylist and a woman too. Style doesn’t always have to be practical, there will be a time in the future where my lifestyle will shift again. For now the wipe clean coated jeans are appealing during this weaning stage!
  • Surprisingly being a breastfeeding mama isn’t limiting in what I can wear (once the art of layering and seeking the best fastenings for access has been mastered) but I have alot of dresses waiting in the wings for next year. For now, vests layered under everything are the best!
  • I’m not a slave to trends. I like to experiment and try new things but I cherry pick what would work best for me. This can be based on my shape, my colouring or my taste. I’m much more likely to try new colour combinations or a new silhouette than completely change my look head to toe.
  • I am proof that knowing your personal style pays off, I have clothes in my wardrobe that I have had for years and still love wearing. This is when the investment pays off. Buy cheap, buy twice is also very true. The cheap stuff is often the first to go.
  •  I feel clearer, more together and relaxed having a tidy wardrobe. I also feel like I’ve got to know my clothes again. This recent edit has helped identify the gaps and focus my mental shopping list, only buying what I need to complete outfits and also restyling wha I already have.  It’s safe to say I’m good for stripe tees for now!


My top tips if you want to join me in having a sort out and get organised:

1. Rotate your wardrobe. We get used to where everything is but also out of habit go to the same part every time, often completely neglecting a lot of it. Switch up and rediscover your whole wardrobe.

2. Invest in matching hangers. Yes wooden hangers look lovely and hold the shape of the clothes but if you have a lot, I prefer slimline durable plastic ones from ikea which save space. The key is really to streamline and at least have everything on the correct hangers for a uniform look but also to look after your clothes. Avoid hanging knitwear as it will stretch and lose shape.

3. Organise in two ways – choose which works for you. Sort into workwear / weekend wear if you have a very different look for each. Or if you mix and match then organize into styles. For instance I group into shirts, woven tops, jersey t shirts, jackets etc. The next level is to colour block (next time I manage to synch naps I’ll be doing this!)

4. Finally, if something doesn’t fit then do not take up the space!

I’ve finished stage one of my edit with a big bag to donate to charity, a handful of items for alterations and a few bits to sell on. I’ll finish with colour blocking, making my shopping list and schedule a review. Best of all, I now feel more organised, on top of things and I’m looking forward to enjoying all of my clothes again (now I can find them!)

Be the best YOU, always. Charlotte X


Dressing by numbers

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Getting dressed seems impossible sometimes, right? Staring at the wardrobe willing for something to magically jump out (and hoping that when it does, it’s a completely awesome, stylish outfit too).

When we’re tired from a late night having just “one more drink”, nosying around instagram or having been up all night with the little people again, it can be difficult to engage the brain and think about what to wear for the day ahead.  Couple that with needing to catch a train/get to a baby massage class/present at a client meeting/tackle the school run (insert daily life goals here), time is not on our side.

We have precisely 12 minutes to get out of the house looking like a presentable pulled together member of society – and for some of us, with minimal porridge in our hair and accomplishing the task with a little one hanging off one leg demanding that we STOP trying to get dressed and pick them up immediately.  For no other reason, other than to make sure they are centre of our world. AT.ALL.TIMES (which of course they are, but really, darling, now isn’t a great time).   With nothing ironed, shaving err… overdue and the sun taking his hat on and off (someone else also seemingly struggling to know what to wear?), it’s all too much trying to find the right outfit.

So, on autopilot, in order to avoid having the whole “what? these aren’t my pjs, didn’t you know, lounge suits are everywhere this season but please excuse the fluffy slippers” awkwardness, we reach for the trusty jeans that are slung over the back of the chair, hoping they survived yesterday’s dinnertime food frenzy, if not the next step is to go looking for our uniform black leggings (gals, maybe not the guys) or in desperate times the dress/suit/onesie we wore 3 days last week and really hope noone notices.

If it were a race between going out of the house naked or throwing on the first thing we can find, the latter usually triumphs (thankfully!) but style can sadly be left stalled at the gate.

Once out of the house, in our mostly clean, uncrumpled outfit we rush to get on with our day…….But how do we feel?

Ready to take on the world?

Ready to handle colleagues/friends/little humans confidently?

or…..a little harassed, slightly awkward, wanting to go unnoticed and willing for the day to be over?

The clothes we wear can really represent how we feel, so what do you want to say?


When thinking is just too much and dressing by numbers would be helpful, here are our YOU ARE YOU top five tips:

  1. FOCUS: Work with a narrowed selection and the thinking part is done for you.  On Sunday evening pull out 7 outfits that you like and that are suitable for the activities/schedule for the week ahead and cover all eventualities weather wise. Think complete looks head to toe from accessories to shoes.  Keep them hanging in your wardrobe in one place and only choose from these outfits Monday to Friday.  (we suggest 7 outfits for 5 days to offer some variation and choice dependent on your mood). Change it up week to week.
  2. INSPIRE: If you see outfits that you like in magazines, on pinterest or out and about window shopping, use these as inspiration for when thinking up an outfit is just too much.  Take your print outs, photos or tears (that’s industry speak for taking the pages out of a magazine) and hang them on the inside of your wardrobe.  If you have similar styles already in your wardrobe you can start to experiment with what works for you.
  3. ORGANISE: Sure, maybe it’s a little ambitious expecting something to jump out at you, but if you have an unorganised wardrobe, it will make finding the right item much harder.  Try grouping tops/dresses/trousers etc by item to start with.  Then order them into smart/casual/occasion.  You can even go one step further and organise by colour for a complete rainbow effect.  Whatever you feel works for you, but keeping all of your clothes and accessories organised will make life a lot easier when you need to grab and go.
  4. PREPARE: Now, it may not be the highlight of the week but having outfits clean and ironed, ready to go is essential.  Do not attempt to iron your chosen outfit first thing. We repeat: Step away from the iron! Pick a night, designate it to getting washing and ironing up to date. You will then have plenty of options available when choosing what to wear rather than pulling a shirt from the bottom of the laundry basket and hoping for the best.
  5. EDUCATE: Finding your personal style is a game changer.  Knowing the shape, cut, fabrics, proportions and scale which work for you and is the key to dressing well.  Unlock your true potential by booking an “Introduction to YOU” session with us. Contact: and find out more over on the SERVICES section of the site.