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ANITA FERON CLARK waves her wardrobe wand…

London and Surrey-based stylist, Anita Feron Clark shows how to carry out a clothes audit and hone overly full wardrobes this Autumn.


ust ask yourself these questions: Does your heart sink when you open your wardrobe? Do you wonder why you’ve

never got anything to wear, even though your wardrobe is bursting at the seams? Are most of your clothes black and neutral? Do you always wear the same few outfits because they feel safe and you don’t have time to think? Ring any bells? Well, let me show you

how to organise your wardrobe so it is full of things that look good and you love to wear. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have

a ‘Sex and the City’ walk-in wardrobe, so I have to be ruthless about what I keep and what I don’t. Space is at a premium as I share my wardrobe with my husband. It can be hard to let some items go as

you may be holding on to them for a number of reasons. You may hang on to something in the hope that you’ll fit into it again one of these days, or because it was a gift or for sentimental reasons. But if you haven’t worn these items in the last year (remember, be ruthless), pack them up and either store them somewhere else (in the loft, under the bed, in another room) or give them away. Throw out clothes that looked great when you were younger, but you no longer wear. They’re only making you feel depressed every time you look at them! You want to be left with clothes that suit your colouring, shape and lifestyle and be able to obtain the maximum wear out of them.


The audit The best way to check what you have, what works and what doesn’t work is to go through each item of clothing and assign to one of three piles: Pile 1 Clothes you will keep Pile 2 Clothes you might keep Pile 3 Clothes that must go

Start with colour Is it the right colour for you? Here we are talking about colour near the face. Does it flatter by making you look healthier, younger and fitter? Or, does it make you look a bit washed out?

Does it fit properly? Proper fit is essential. Here are some basic rules to help get this right: • Sizes will vary depending on where you shop and the cut of the garment – don’t get hung up on size; it’s the shape and fit that matters.

• A comfortable fit and look is one which is not too tight. You want to avoid ‘muffin top’ and horizontal creases on your tops and trousers.

• You should be able to fit two fingers (comfortably) underneath a waistband of a skirt and trousers to ensure they are not too tight.

• Side seams should hang straight with no horizontal creases.

• Zips should lie flat. If they are pulling, it suggests the item is too tight.

• Allow some give in the sleeve around the

upper arm – can you move your arms around comfortably?

• Skirts and trousers should hang straight from the buttocks and not curve under, unless it is a fitted style, like skinnies.

• Sleeves on jackets and coats should finish just below the wrist bone. I would say 99% of my clients wear their sleeves too long and it can look unpolished. I would suggest having the sleeve length altered.

• Quarter angled pockets on the side seam of trousers, skirts and dresses should not gape open.

• If you look like you are wearing a sack, it’s too big!

On to pile 2... If it’s the right colour but the wrong style, can it be altered or worn differently to make it work? Can you update it with a bit of sewing handiwork, eg take up the hem, add some new buttons or a lace edging? If the answer is yes, then add it to pile 2. But, be honest with yourself – are you really going to get round to doing it? Is it the right style and fit, but the wrong

colour? Can you wear it with a complementary colour? This could be another item of clothing, a piece of jewellery or a silk scarf that looks great near your face. If yes, it goes in ‘maybe’ pile 2.

Crunch time… If it’s the wrong colour, the wrong style and it doesn’t fit…GET RID OF IT! You won’t believe how good you will feel when


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