If getting dressed feels more chaotic then you would like it to, now might be a good time for a wardrobe re-set.
With our fashion needs changing dramatically this past year as we spent less time curating office-appropriate looks or attending different social events, many of us are looking to re-prioritise where we invest our money, while also considering how much we want to consume. With sustainability playing an increasingly important role in fashion, many are focusing more on quality over quantity, adopting a curated wardrobe and investing in pieces that will last.
Charlotte Warburton, TBC's founder, makes the transition easy by offering a personal styling service for clients. She visits clients' homes to detox their wardrobe and advises them on how to live a more curated life when it comes to fashion.
"I’ve always been such a fan of the creative industry and what it produces," she explains.
"However, for us real women, what we wear day-to-day is the basics – yet so many of us struggle to build the foundations of the essential wardrobe and drawn to ‘trending’ items. I’m trying to take a more sustainable approach to the shopping process and help women create a more wearable wardrobe that can be worn time and time again."
We've listed the 27 pieces below, from wardrobe staples to trend-led pieces that keep the capsule current.
How it works
"Firstly, I organise a consultation with my clients. Meeting them face-to-face is super important to gauge their character and start to build a relationship," Warburton explains.
"Then I explain our aesthetic and the 27-piece edit we work on together to see if there are any ideas to adapt. Next, I ask them several questions about what style they tend to go for, who their style icons are and what they are looking to update in their wardrobe."
"This means I can gauge what package they want and whether they feel they're just looking for a few pieces or a full wardrobe detox."
TBC offers three packages that showcase a mix of designer and high-street pieces, so the service is affordable at all levels.
"If you were to choose the full package, I would start by coming to your home and beginning the full wardrobe cleanse, no matter how long it takes. Once this is done, I would then produce a new style direction that relates to our aesthetic."
She then works with her clients through mood-boarding to build the 27-piece wardrobe. With sustainability in mind, TBC photographs everything that's no longer wanted and then sells it online to produce a budget to go towards the new wardrobe to cut down on the clothing cycle.
TBC's tips for curating your wardrobe
- If you can’t remember the last time you wore the item, it probably should go.
- Take the edit as a guideline and stick to it – you will save money.
- Don’t buy an item just because it looks great on someone you admire or follow on Instagram. Really think about your shape, size and whether their lifestyle relates to yours.
- Having a style icon/reference point allows you to be more selective when shopping. If you are aiming for a certain aesthetic, when shopping, question whether or not your style hero would wear a certain thing. If not, then move on.
- The detox process allows you to gain a new approach to shopping. Your head won’t be turned so easily when you have a structure.
- Allowing yourself one or two trending item per month still gives you that option to feel like you can indulge.
- The more sustainable you are with your purchases, the more likely you will heavily invest in an essential staple, allowing you to have the budget for that designer piece, which trust me, you will wear for 10 years.
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