Shopping my wardrobe

Shopping your wardrobe – it’s a thing apparently. An Insta thing. It’s about looking at the contents of your wardrobe with fresh eyes. And finding pieces you’d forgotten about. Perhaps something you’ve never worn. Or, in my case, realising that you already have at least one, if not more, of the things you are planning to buy!

So, I challenged myself to spend a couple of hours shopping my wardrobe with eyes peeled for this season’s trends, starting with the big one – animal print.

So in the last two weeks I’ve bought a snake print blouse (Zara) and a leopard print dress (Hobbs). And I’m sorely tempted by almost everything I see. Yet a quick root around my wardrobe revealed no less than 5 scarves, 4 skirts, 2 bags, a pair of barely worn shoes, boots, 3 dresses, a cardigan, 2 sweaters, 2 coats and a mac. All in full, glorious leopard print. All very now and very wearable!

And whereas trends used to reappear every 10 years or so now it seems to be every 2 or 3. In fact I’m seeing things come back in before I even realised they’d gone out. At the very least I’ve almost certainly been there before and got the dress/skirt/trousers/coat to prove it.

Take checks – another big one this season.  But equally big last year and the year before that when I bought this little lot at Zara.


I’ve even done purple before. It was Donny Osmond’s favourite colour after all. That aside this J Crew sweater is at least 6 years old. The Burberry scarf – double whammy – purple and checks – is more than 10. Both live to be worn another day. Possibly some day soon.

If you’re a Marie Kondo devotee – look away – this might bring you out in hives! This rail, of 150 items, outside my wardrobe, is not for the faint hearted. It requires a gung ho approach and a certain sense of wonder. If you declutter seasonally all I can say is that you’re missing out on rich pickings for a shopping my wardrobe session. Not sure what they’d make of it on Instagram though. It’s not what you’d call grid worthy.


Positive reflections on my first shopping my wardrobe session include …

  • No serious damage to my credit card
  • No serious damage to my feet from 10,000 steps in heels
  • No make up required
  • Ample free parking outside my own house
  • The buzz of being reunited with a few old friends like my leopard print shoes and a jacket that had fallen completely off my radar
  • Substantial savings made will be reinvested at some point soon

And the big question – will it reduce my shopping habit? I think you know the answer to that one ..





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