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How My Wardrobe Became More Sustainable

How My Wardrobe Became More Sustainable



There has been much positive change in my wardrobe in the last 8+ years. These changes include:-

  • what goes in it,
  • what is taken out,
  • different approach to shopping
  • creating an organised wardrobe space,
  • wearing more of my clothes on a regular basis,
  • having clothing that coordinates and easily mix and matches to create many different outfits for my lifestyle,
  • thinking about my clothing choices.

My wardrobe hasn’t always been a place I liked to visit. It contained many clothing items that were purchased for the wrong reasons. Much of my clothing purchases remained unworn taking up valuable wardrobe real estate space. I use to wear 20% of my clothing 80% of the time.  My consumption definitely outweighed my wearability and wasted a large amount of money, time and energy.  It contained far more quantity than quality and very little thought about sustainability.

Now I am wearing 80% or more of my clothing most of the time. Without me realising it my wardrobe has become more supportive and sustainable than at any other time in my life. My wardrobe has done a double flip and is now more quality than quantity. It is no longer a storage place for my misguided shopping choices. As a consumer I had very little conscious thought of the impact my choices had emotionally, financially, ethically or environmentally.

Let me tell you how this change has happened over a period of time without me realising what was happening. I have spent some time reflecting on how this change has evolved.

  • Discovering the clothing elements that I love to wear to express who I am – my Personality Style. This has guided me in my shopping choices and provided with directions to buy clothing that I loved and would wear.
  • Gaining knowledge, understanding and acceptance of my body by applying style principles that enhanced my  style look.
  • Discovering the colour palette that harmonised and complimented my complexion. When I started wearing colours from my colour swatch I felt and looked completely alive, healthy and energised.  It also gave me the pathway to create a mix and match colour coordinated wardrobe.  My wardrobe was no longer a mismatch of clothing but each piece added value, versatility and variety.  I was making more informed and considered shopping choices. I stopped feeling like I had nothing to wear.
  • Playing, exploring and experimenting with the clothes in my wardrobe meant I was shopping in my wardrobe instead of going to the shops to buy more.
  • Having an organised wardrobe meant that I could easily see, find and wear the clothes I had. This resulted in me wearing more of my clothes in different combinations.
  • Shopping with a different mindset. I was no longer shopping as an emotional outlet. I now shop with purpose and know what I am looking for. Prior to these changes I would shop with the intention to just buy something. My wardrobe is no longer overcrowded with clothes I do not wear.
  • Buying much more from local and Australian small clothing businesses.
  • Adopted a RE strategy into my wardrobe – replace, restyle, repurpose, repair, remake, recycle, reuse and rewear. I have less in my wardrobe but more possible outfit combinations than I have had ever had before.
  • Rethinking what I am buying by considering these questions:-* What fibres am I wearing and the impact the manufacturing process has on the environment.* Where am I buying my clothes?
    * Why am I buying this?
    * Where and how were these clothes made?
    * How long will this item last?
  1. Recognising that I have much more to learn about sustainability and clothing.

    Presently reading these books:-

  • “Slow Clothing – Finding Meaning in What We Wear” by Jane Milburn
  • “Wardrobe Crisis – How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion” by Clare Press
  • “Fashionopolis -The Price of Fast Fashion & the Future of Clothes” by Dana Thomas


I look forward to embracing these thoughts from Jane Milburn:-

“Slow clothing is about thoughtful, ethical, creative and sustainable ways to enjoy clothes while minimising our material footprint.”

What is STYLE?

What is Style?



Style is unique and personal. When referring to style in terms of dressing it is about how you combine your clothing so that it balances and harmonises with your personal and physical characteristics. Sometimes style and fashion are seen as the same thing. Here are some thoughts about fashion and style.

  • Style is not found in the shops. You find individual fashion items in the shops. If chosen wisely these can become tools for creating your own unique style and look.
  • You can only have style if you are young and have a great body. This is definitely a false statement. Every woman no matter their size, shape and age can be stylish.
  • Style isn’t something you are born with. Some woman may be more interested in clothing and have an innate ability to create stylish outfits just like some can create great meals without a recipe. Discovering your style can be learnt just like any other skill. There are ways to develop your knowledge and understanding of yourself to discover your Style Recipe or the Stepping Stones to Create Your Style.
  • Style is very individual and always evolving whereas fashion is forever changing and easily discarded and outdated. Following fashion usually results in having clothes in your wardrobe that were purchased on impulse and not worn.
  • Style is not about following a predetermined set of rules. It’s discovering the style guidelines that align with your personal and physical characteristics to create enhancing outfits for your lifestyle requirements.
  • Style does not come from having a wardrobe full of clothes, wearing the most expensive clothes or the latest fashion. It is about having the clothes that balance, harmonise and coordinate with you to create outfits that look and feel great.

Great style comes in many different forms and looks. Have you looked at someone and thought – “She looks great but I wouldn’t wear that.” The next time you notice a stylish look take notice of how the individual pieces have been put together to create a balanced and harmonious look that relates to the wearer. When I work in my clients’ wardrobes I have noticed a missing link. This missing link for my clients is  how to create outfits that truly represent who they are. It is not just about what you are wearing but how you are combining all your clothing items.

YOU are the most important element in discovering your style. The women that I work with discover their style & colour guidelines that create their unique style look. They then have the knowledge and confidence to dress and shop to ensure their wardrobe adds joy to their life by supporting their personal, social and professional story. They gain confidence and can step out each day with confidence and a smile.

“Never confuse fashion and style.

Fashion relies on attainable looks on women with unrealistic bodies.

STYLE is about utilizing the best aspects of YOU.”

Stacy London






8 Lessons from My Wardrobe Part 3


8 Lessons from My Wardrobe Part 3



This is the last post from the series  – 8 Lessons From my Wardrobe. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 you can read them here and here.


My wardrobe didn’t always have a cohesive colour palette. It was a mismatch of whatever took my fancy. The turning point for this was when I had my colours done. My colour swatch became my best friend. It provided me with:-

  • the direction to create a colour palette that made me look and feel great.
  • guidance when shopping. It was and still is my colour road map for shopping.
  • a coordinated wardrobe of clothes that easily mix and match. This gives me more choices in outfits to wear. I now have less clothing (not minimal clothing) and more outfits to wear.


The clothes in my wardrobe are now an asset because I wear them. Lessons 1 – 6 gave me the direction to create a wardrobe of clothes that supported me. I use too see the clothes in my wardrobe as individual items until I realised they were a collection of outfits.

Taking some time to explore how my clothing could mix and match opened my eyes to many more outfit possibilities than I thought were possible. I call this playing dress ups and shopping in my wardrobe. This is the approach I take when working with my clients – Find Your Style in Your Wardrobe & Make a Style Statement

My shop in your wardrobe approach involves selecting one item and then finding other pieces to work with it to create a new combination. I am looking at creating a total outfit. This includes tops, pants, dresses, shorts, jackets, scarves, accessories and shoes. I ensure I create at least one new outfit combination a week. Quite often i will say to myself – “Why haven’t I worn this with that before.” It never ceases to amaze me the endless outfit possibilities that I find.

Playing and shopping in my wardrobe has definitely taken the frustration out of getting dressed.


Wardrobe organisation plays an important part in having a wardrobe that allows you to see and reach what you have. I discovered that I needed to create a habit of ongoing maintenance. My ongoing maintenance involves steps that allow me to easily track and monitor what I am wearing. It helps me identify the clothes that I may be neglecting. These steps stop me from reaching for the same outfits and give me variety:-

  • I have a rubber band tied on the coat hanger hook that is first in each of the clothing categories- skirts, shirts, dresses, cardigans, tops etc. When I have worn and washed my clothing I replace it in front of the rubber band hanger. This clearly shows the clothes that I am wearing and those that I am not. It stops me from taking the easy approach and reaching the same clothes all the time.
  • When I buy a new item of clothing I plan what I can wear it with and try to wear it within a week. This ensures that it does not sit in my wardrobe and is not forgotten.


It is great to have a wardrobe that has become my daily shopping boutique and works for me.



What Does a Fitbit Have To Do With Style?

Anyone that knows me will tell you I am not a sporty person. I never thought I would ever write a post on a Fitbit but here it is……….

What Does a Fitbit have to Do with Style?

Let me tell you my fitbit story. (This is my story and not a paid promotion.)

What does a fitbit have to do with style?

The answer to this is lots more than I thought it would. It wasn’t until I finally purchased my fitbit that I realised the process I actually went through. Yes, I know fitbits are a functional item so what’s style got to do with it.

I have been looking for a fitbit for quite a while and couldn’t find one that I liked. Researching products is not a process I like to do. I’m not really into gadgets but liked the idea of knowing how much I was moving in a day. When I am sitting at my desk I can easily get lost down the rabbit hole and then realise I have not moved for hours. I saw the fitbit as a motivational tool to possibly get me moving and get back into an exercise routine.

Let’s look at my Personality Style to see what elements contributed to the fitbit I chose.

My Personality Style is a combination of:-

Relaxed Personality
Comfort factor is a high priority for me. I do not like feeling constrained in anyway. This meant that how the fit bit felt on my wrist was important. If something doesn’t feel right I will not buy it even if it fits and looks okay. I didn’t try many fitbits on because they were too chunky or sporty looking. (Yes, I know they are a sporty thing but I wanted my fitbit to not look too sportyish.)

Creative Personality
Being unique and looking different is an element of a Creative Personality. This meant that I don’t enjoy looking like everyone else. Colour also plays an important role in what I buy. I wanted a colour that I liked and I could team with whatever I wanted.

The fitbit alta ticked the following boxes for me:-

  • It had a thin band and actually looked like a bangle and felt comfortable on my wrist. My wrist did not feel like it was being choked.
  • It came in a range of colours that I liked, especially the plum and teal colours. This meant that I could have flexibility by changing the bands. At this stage I only have the plum colour but anticipate buying the teal band in the future.
  • I can make it look different by styling it with other bracelets.
  • It has the functions plus I few more that I wanted.

What does a Fitbit have to Do with Style?

It has to look and feel right by being part of your Personality Style. If it doesn’t you will probably not wear it. What works for someone else may not work for you. Make sure it feels right.

And here is my styled up fitbit.

Fitbit style


I am wearing and enjoying my fitbit and it is motivating me to be more active each day. These are my benefits so far:-

  • much more aware of how much activity I am having or not having.
  • moving away from my desk every 50 minutes so I am more active during the day.
  • have been motivated to go for afternoon walks because my number of steps hasn’t been high enough.
  • even been back to the gym.

7 Effective Wardrobe Habits

7 Effective wardrobe habits


A wardrobe full of clothing items does not necessarily mean you have a working wardrobe. A working wardrobe takes the frustrations out of getting dressed every day and for all occasions by being well organised with clothing that suits your personality style, body shape and lifestyle. Your wardrobe is your daily shopping boutique and needs ongoing maintenance just like your car to keep it functioning effectively.

Let’s look at some ongoing habits that have the potential to lessen the frustrations of getting dressed each day.

  1. ORGANISATION is the key to finding and locating what you want to wear. If you cannot SEE & REACH your clothing easily you will not wear it. Much time is wasted daily by women trying to find an item of clothing in a disorganised wardrobe. An organised wardrobe increases the potential of wearing more of your clothes all the time and providing greater versatility to your outfits. Say goodbye to wardrobe boredom and frustrations. How to have an Organised Wardrobe provides organisational tips.
  2. TAKING OUT & PUTTING BACK – My organised wardrobe does not stay that way unless I create habits that potentially keep it that way. This is one of the maintenance habits that I am working on. I sometimes do not take the time to replace clothing back in the right space and this only leads to frustration and takes up time when I am looking for the missing piece of clothing. I am trying to create a new habit – when I take clothing off the hanger I am moving it to the right hand end of the rod so that I can easily locate it when replacing items. This means that I am more likely to put my clothing back in the right location because I have a system to follow.
  3. ONGOING SORTING & CULLING – Creating a pattern for sorting and culling clothing on the go can be helpful. When I notice clothing that doesn’t fit, needs mending or is passed it’s use by date I do not put it back in the wardrobe. I now throw out worn clothing when I notice it, put clothes that need mending in a basket and take clothing that doesn’t fit or suit me to the recycling bag in my car. I just have to create a habit of mending the items in the basket and taking the clothes in my car to the Op Shop.
  4. SEASONAL SORTING – Many of my clothes are trans seasonal but those that aren’t are stored in plastic clothes baskets on the top shelf of my wardrobe. This means that I have easier access to the clothes in my wardrobe because they are not overcrowded.
  5. UTILISE ALL SPACE – I have found that by placing hooks on the back of my wardrobe and bedroom doors it creates areas to hang coats, bags, dressing gowns, tomorrow’s outfit, gym gear etc.
  6. BE INSPIRED – When you have an organised wardrobe you have a clearer idea of what is in your wardrobe. To maximise the outfit potential of your wardrobe I strongly recommend taking time to create outfits by PLAYING DRESS UPS. This gives you the opportunity to mix and match your clothing and really creates a working wardrobe. Take photos of  the outfits you create for inspiration when you need it. I do this about every 6 weeks and am always amazed when I create a new outfit combination. Don’t forget to include shoes and accessories when creating your outfits. You might like to read How to Connect the Dots in Your Wardrobe.
  7. FILL IN THE GAPS. – When you have created a working wardrobe you can more easily identify the clothing you need to purchase to fill in the gaps. You can create your to buy shopping list. When you know what is in your wardrobe and where your gaps are you can shop with purpose and save money and time.


How to Connect the Dots in Your Wardrobe

How to Connecct the Dots in your Wardrobe


Are you happy with the clothes in your wardrobe? Do you keep buying more clothes because you feel you have nothing to wear?

What do you see when you open the w

ardrobe door? Do you see a cupboard full of individual clothing pieces or endless outfit possibilities?

Your shopping approach and habits greatly influence your wardrobe and how well your wardrobe relates to you. If you would like a more versatile wardrobe that inspires you every day it is time to change how you think when you go shopping and look in your wardrobe.

 An important key to creating a mix and match wardrobe is to think OUTFITS NOT INDIVIDUAL ITEMS OF CLOTHING.

I call this approach the DOT TO DOT STYLE APPROACH.

It means that you see all your clothing items – shoes, tops, skirts, shorts, pants, dresses, jackets, cardigans, jewellery, belts etc in terms of how they connect to other items of clothing to create outfits. Sometimes you don’t see the possibilities and outfit choices  that are staring you in the face everyday. By using the DOT TO DOT STYLE APPROACH you are looking for the elements such as colours, prints & patterns, shapes, types of clothing and accessories that can mix and match for many occasions. This creates a visual statement that expresses your personality style and suits your lifestyle needs. The steps to creating a DOT TO DOT STYLE APPROACH include:-

1. Think about who you are and how you want to look. This is called your Personality Style. Find out more about Personality Style here.

2. Look in your wardrobe and notice the patterns, prints, colours, types and shapes of clothing that are in there. Remember when I say clothing I am including shoes, bags, jewellery, scarves etc. You are creating a total look. Read more in Step into Style.

3. Play dress ups and put on some favourite outfits and pay attention to how they make you look and feel. What do you like about the outfits? Do the same for some outfits that you might not have worn for a while. Compare how you feel and look in these outfits.

4. Start creating different outfits with the clothing in your wardrobe to see what different looks you can discover. Take photos of the ones you like and put them on the inside of your wardrobe door so you can see your favourite outfits at a glance on those busy mornings.

5. Notice what items may be missing from your wardrobe that would contribute to an outfit. Create a shopping list and read How Do You Shop?

6. Ensure that your shopping purchases contribute positively to your wardrobe by asking yourself some questions before you buy:

  • Why did I pick this?
  • Where would I wear this?
  • Can I coordinate this to make at least 3 different looks/ outfits?
  • Does this colour flatter me?
  • Would I buy this if it wasn’t on sale?

If you want to wear more of your clothing most of the time try thinking  OUTFITS and adopting a DOT TO DOT STYLE APPROACH to your dressing. Your wardrobe will be your go to place for inspiration.  


How to Shop with Success

How to Shop with Success 


How much of your clothing are you wearing? Most people wear only 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. One of the reasons for this is bad shopping purchases. This means most wardrobes are not providing value for money and not working for you.
It is important that every shopping purchase makes a positive difference to your wardrobe and reflects your personality style, lifestyle and budget.
Avoid making purchases that you end up not liking or wearing and taking up valuable space in your wardrobe by following these Shop for Success hints:

Not many of us go grocery shopping without some sort of list of what we want to buy. Apply this same principle to clothes shopping and avoid wasting time, effort and money and create a wardrobe that works for you.

  • Look in your wardrobe and make a note of the clothing you need to make your outfits work.
  • Think about what items are missing in your wardrobe (Do you have skirts and pants and not enough tops?).
  • Do you need clothing for social or work purposes?
  • What colours do you need to coordinate and create outfits?
  • Do you have a special event coming up?
  • Do you need to replace some favourite items because they are past their use by date or don’t fit?
  • Take your list shopping.

Knowing your budget is a healthy way to shop and can avoid impulse buying and lessens the chance of overspending.


Impulse buying often results in regrets, orphans in your wardrobe and a waste of valuable money.
STOP and CONSIDER the following questions:-

  • Why did I pick this?
  • Where would I wear this?
  • Can I coordinate this to make at least 3 different looks/ outfits?
  • Does this colour flatter me?
  • Is this within my budget?
  • Would I buy this if it wasn’t on sale?


  • There is only one way to know if something fits, feels right and looks great and that is try it on.
  • Use the mirrors and look from all angles – front, back and side.
  • Take note of how it makes you feel and look.


Before you buy take some time out and consider the reason why you are going to make this purchase. If you have any doubts put it back on the rack.


Sometimes the Returns Policy does not include changing your mind. Some sale items can not be returned.


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