• Annabel Jones

What does your wardrobe say about you? How to create a confidence closet

Updated: Jan 31, 2018



I used to have dressing anxiety. I no longer do, thanks to a wardrobe intervention I gave myself, tossing 90%. Here's how I re-freshed my closet and my confidence


STOP BUYING S**T YOU DON'T NEED


Style stalwart Olivia Palermo once told me she only buys things that compliment what she’s already got. If it doesn’t fill a gap, have a purpose - say, a tuxedo blazer to elevate your basics - or genuinely makes your heart flutter, then don’t buy it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


ONE IN, ONE OUT


This helps me think twice. If I know I have to forsake something I already own, for the new thing I ‘really really’ want, then it has to be worth the fashion calories, so to speak - an easy quality control hack.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


THROW OUT EVERYTHING THAT ISN'T YOU


Kate Nightingale @stylepsychology says when you wear things that don’t reflect who you are - or what you want to represent - then you don’t feel authentic. I know this; I used to hunt endlessly for the ‘perfect blazer’ and accrued so many that a dear colleague held a blazer intervention to save my bank balance. Truth is, I’m not a blazer kind of girl. Once I got rid of them, I felt free.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ INVEST IN ACCESSORIES


A FEW investment pieces are where you get most bang for your buck. Why? Here’s where you can be bold, step outside the rules; texture, print and colour are your way to add your own flourish, put your stamp on a t-shirt and jeans ensemble. When I wear a beautifully crafted bag or a bright heel, I feel empowered, less conformist...more fun.⠀⠀


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Spend a bit of time to find a denim style you feel amazing in. Life is too short to walk around not feeling body confident. I own two pairs of designer denim, in black and dark blue (Frame skinny is my favourite) then 2 or 3 high street jeans. I like Topshop Jamie as they’re high waisted and show a little ankle which works with heels and trainers. #capsulewardrobe



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