How to edit your wardrobe and transform your mood by a personal stylist

Ever wondered why you have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear? Editorial & Personal Stylist Florence Sorgini share her tricks of the trade and some simple steps which you can put into practice today. 

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FROM FLORENCE SORGINI

Edit your wardrobe & transform your mood

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A wardrobe workout

Editing a wardrobe can be one of the most ‘personal’ things to happen in someone’s life. I see a healthy mix of luxury, polyester and tears - and I am always prepared with a pack of tissues on hand! Our clothing is an integral part of our identity and from the moment we wake till we close our eyes, our style should say something about who we are. I often refer to my editing as a wardrobe workout because there is so much more to it than just revising a wardrobe. It’s a lot of work, but just like any workout the client always ends up feeling refreshed, organized, and ready to take on her new fashion identity. 

PREPARATION IS KEY

In preparation for an editing and styling session, I ask my clients to wear their favourite outfit and I never know what to expect! The reason is simple - it sets the tone for what we're trying to achieve during the edit - to keep only those clothes in which their wearer radiates confidence and feels great. 

 
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HOW TO EDIT

The key job for any image consultant or personal stylist is to make women look their best.  However, for me, it’s deeper than that. I want to make women feel their best. Once a women feels good, then she also feels comfortable and confident in what she's wearing and we all know how powerful a confident woman can be.  

So, the three most important questions I ask during all my edits (and you should do the same) are:

  • Does this garment still fit?
  • Does it make me feel fabulous when I wear it?
  • Does it serve my lifestyle?

It’s simple; if you can honestly answer ‘yes’ to all three questions, then hang the item back into your wardrobe.  (Of course there are many more technical items a stylist looks at; such as how to style clothes together in ways you might not have considered, how pieces can be altered or brought back to life, how to accessorise, but just going through this first edit will deliver a big win). 

Separate your clothing into two simple sections. Solids on the right and patterns on the left ... this will give you a visual to work from.
— Florence Sorgini
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WHERE TO START

The place I start an edit is the lingerie drawer.  I do this for a few reasons. First, we get the most “awkward bit,” out of the way, and there’s always a little room for a giggle. Secondly, it helps me understand the client in an emotional way; is she creative, feminine, classic?  Lastly, it provides an opportunity to educate my clients on how to incorporate lingerie and sleepwear into their everyday wardrobe - a beautiful camisole worn to the office under a blazer, silk shorts with swimwear to the pool etc.  Not only is lingerie the first layer we place - and feel - on our skin but it's a very personal (and private) choice and beautiful lingerie really does have the power to transform our mood.  

ONE SMALL STEP

If the thought of completely editing your wardrobe seems daunting or you’re just not ready to part with pieces from your collection, start with this simple step to generate more looks from your existing wardrobe.  

Separate your clothing into two simple sections.  Solids on the right and patterns on the left of your garment rail.  This will give you a visual - if it's patterns you have more of then maybe you need to shop for more basics to give your wardrobe a more pulled together feeling. Or maybe it's more colour or print which you're lacking to add more style interest.  Either way, it’s a good first step to tightening your wardrobe.

IF A GARMENT FAILS TO PASS THE "YES" TEST  

What to do with clothing that fails the test?  There are many options such as recycle, donate, sell, or wrap the garment and place into an archive.  There are guidelines for archiving clothing, and that’s a topic in itself.  But the last thing we want is boxes of clothing being piled up into your wardrobe clouding up the space.  There is no reason for these items to be rehung into your closet. Let them go.

Finally, be kind to yourself - if you can find a way to restore your sense of style while editing your wardrobe - you know you’re on the right path.

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Author profile: Florence Sorgini

 

For Florence, styling is about telling a story and empowering her clients through clothing. Her meticulous attention to urban street culture & style has been a major influence.  Being exposed to luxury and high-street fashion across Toronto, Dubai and Singapore makes her vision unique and fresh.

Florence’s own personal style would be described as classic with a splash of femininity; and her favourite accessory still remains a beautiful smile.  Her main objective is to help her clients transform their wardrobes to better reflect who they are, and what they stand for. To book a consultation with Florence or learn more about her services, you can contact her here or follow her on Insta @florencesorgini.

 

 

 

 

Sophie Corlett