Wardrobe Habits: Where Do You Stand?

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The Regular Declutterer

Scarlett Conlon, news editor

"I am what I would call a dream buyer – I buy a lot of things 'just in case' but then invariably end up sticking to what I am most comfortable in most of the time (jeans - in every silhouette; well-cut basics; cosy man knits; and timeless footwear like leather boots, trusty Nike Blazers, Converse, and retro sandals come summer). This results in me being pretty ruthless when it comes to decluttering the dream buys that add up to an avalanche one Tuesday morning when I’m reaching for a plain white shirt - I find it frustrating when I can find everything except the thing I am looking for. For the same reason I pack away thick knits in summer, and vice versa with beach kaftans and summer sandals come around November time. I do keep beautiful, nostalgic, sentimental pieces – I’m not sartorially heartless - but eBay, car-boot sales and charity shops are my means of regularly getting rid of the pieces that fall into the 'impulse buy' and 'what was I thinking?' categories. Truth is, I also find it an increasingly therapeutic experience. There have been a few times when I’ve regretted clearing out certain items, but when you're a regular declutterer like me, you can easily justify a spontaneous spree to find a replacement."Credit Craig McDean

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The Reluctant Realist

Lauren Milligan, news editor

"It doesn’t take a psychologist to unravel my wardrobe habits. My mother threw away almost everything she bought in the Sixties and Seventies (Biba suede skirts that she ran away to London with her best friend to buy; handmade Moroccan kaftans; gigantic silver hoop earrings bought at Portobello Market – the works). Clearly I was traumatised. So traumatised in fact that I had never (ever) thrown anything out – I mean vintage, designer, high-street, handmade: everything. Finally this year, when my third son was born, I realised it was time to get real. My fictional daughter, for whom I was saving this treasure trove, was never coming. So, I let it go. The charity shop along from my house, a few friends, my niece, my sister, and eBay all had the time of their lives in my sequins and frills. I’m no Marie Kondo, and my wardrobe is still pretty unbelievably stuffed, but the attic is empty and my heart feels a little lighter. Until the next clear out once I’m finished waiting for my granddaughters."Credit Tung Walsh

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The Sensible Sentamentalist

Nicole Mowbray, features editor

"For a while, I tried to install a one-in-one-out policy in my wardrobe. The idea was, whenever I wanted to buy something, something else had to go to the charity shop. The intention was to avoid a clothes mountain and make me think twice about whether I really needed a certain piece. Yet, as I am a sentimentalist when it comes to clothes, it failed spectacularly. Attempting to declutter always takes me on trips down memory lane (I recently tried to give away a blouse I have only worn once five years ago yet kept it as I wore it on my second date with my now husband) and I end up finding it impossible to purge. However, I have recently had bespoke fitted closets made in my new house which were intended to contain both my and my husband’s clothes. At present, however, my wardrobe has taken up all the space, so I think I need to reinstate the one-in-one-out doctrine."Credit Tyrone Lebon

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The Closet Optimist

Naomi Pike, digital editorial assistant

"The wardrobe of my dreams and the wardrobe of my reality could not be more different - and that’s without even considering the contents. The joys of living in a rented flat in Hackney have dictated the way I operate my clothes throughout the years (though somehow never strong enough to dictate my spending habits). By summer, winter clothes are stored in suitcases and boxes above my wardrobe with a big change-over happening around May (but should the parameters of my home allow I’d have everything on display all year round). Every year I relish pulling out sundresses I forgot I owned and cosying into knits that I’ll rarely take off for the rest of the cold snap. I never buy an item that doesn't bring me complete joy. Of course - like a Hunger Games of fashion there are certain pieces that never get piled into storage. The pieces I treasure most - my Balenciaga graduation dress, sample-sale splurges and evening dresses - remain throughout the year, stored in dress bags and pushed to the left of the rail with the seasonal pieces following in the order of dresses, skirts, blouses, shirts, jackets, coats, jeans on the top shelf and shoes kept in their boxes below, everything else in the chest of drawers alongside. To an onlooker it might be confusing, but I know the location of every piece. I’d love to be one of those people that could throw things away and I try. I promise my flatmate each week that I’m going to take things to the charity shop or put them up on Depop, but what if all of a sudden I have the urge to wear a poplin striped blouse I adored the summer I turned 18 again? For now, this will suffice. Oh, and then there’s the matter of the wardrobe at my parents’ house..."Credit Palol Roversi

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