Refresh and repurpose your most-loved pieces with RIISE’s handy guide.
September is here, and that means we’re turning over a new leaf. Whether you’re looking towards the sunnier climates of spring in the southern hemisphere, or looking to rug up in the northern, it’s the perfect time to give your wardrobe an edit.
On average, women wear just 20 per cent of their wardrobe 80 per cent of the time. We’ve all flicked past that one jumper, or that one pair of jeans, time and time again, convincing ourselves that while isn’t the day it gets its moment in the sun, that day is definitely on the horizon. Definitely. But maybe now, it’s time to ask ourselves the tough questions: is that day ever coming?
The turning of a new season can be a grounding time, ripe with opportunity for reflection and resetting. Here, we’re breaking down six tips to refresh your wardrobe in time for a new season. Follow these steps, and soon, you’ll find yourself with a wardrobe that hums with possibility.
The Marie Kondo way of organising may go in and out of fashion, but there is something fundamentally lovely about the idea of leaning into your intuition when you’re cleaning. This piece is from a favourite designer, it fits, and it should go with everything, but… does it feel right? Does it, to use the much-maligned phrase, spark joy? Your heart, often, will tell you before you know.
It can be tempting, in the middle of a cleaning frenzy, to equate a sense of achievement with the size of the pile of clothing in the ‘to donate’ pile. But in the way the Australian system works, only 15 per cent of donated clothing is able to be resold—the rest is redirected to local landfill, or resold internationally (to also likely end up in landfill). Rather than immediately cull a piece, use this opportunity as a time to survey how it can work with your wardrobe in unexpected ways.
…But don’t go overboard
Find out which proportion of your wardrobe you actually wear, and determine why you love the pieces you’re left with. Each garment or accessory may have different reasons behind it: that alpaca jumper is gorgeously soft, you bought that linen dress on holiday in Basque country, those heels make you feel all-powerful. Store those reflections away, so that you can remember what makes you attach to certain clothes—whether that’s certain fabrics, certain memories that are attached to them, or the feeling you get when you wear them.
Once you’ve edited your closet, it’s time to understand how to make the pieces you’re left with work harder. Pieces you’ve previously overlooked can seem brand new in the context of a closet that has been given the full spring clean treatment, and accessories are a great start. A belt—the right belt—can truly turn an outfit around. A silk scrunchie can make all the difference, or add the pop of colour you didn’t know you needed. (These ones by Saint are ultra luxurious.) We also love a simple, minimalist bag with a bit of edge to add a modern touch to a simple outfit—Brie Leon knows how it’s done.
Once you’ve identified the pieces in your wardrobe that align with your personal style—that you love and will rewear often—chances are that you might also notice a gap or two. Invest in a piece that will go the distance in your wardrobe, by leaning on those reflections you collected when you were choosing what to keep hold of. Is the clincher to your ideal spring wardrobe a lightweight trench? Unikspace’s floaty linen coat might be your answer. Perhaps you’re missing a versatile jumper that will go with the skirts you already have. We love Curio’s made-to-order knit designs that come in a range of hues to suit your palette.