• Sara Marsden-Shreeve

How To Create A Happier Wardrobe

Happy lady sitting in wardrobe
Does your wardrobe fill you with joy?

So then peeps, let's get a quick snapshot of where you're at with your wardrobe shall we....?

Are you honestly happy with your current wardrobe? If yes, thanks for reading and see you around. If the answer is maybe, then stay tuned for further tips for making it even better, or if you answered 'god no' then this post is definitely for you luv.

Ok, so if you're in need of a little assistance, let's identify what your current wardrobe foible is? Are you faced with any of the following common complaints? Just nod to yourself as you read the list....

  • Too cluttered

  • Disorganised

  • Sparse

  • Uninspiring or bland in colour

  • Stuff not worn

  • Tags still on

Well, it's important to note that your wardrobe is usually an insightful reflection of you right now because what you buy, wear and keep can tell someone like me a whole lot more about your relationship with yourself, your mindset and your personality. It can also indicate where you're experiencing challenges in your life.

Your wardrobe is indeed a private and sacred space that you tend to only share with loved ones you co-habit with and wouldn't normally dream of showcasing it to anyone outside of your circle.

Therefore, I feel it's my duty to give you my 5 steps to a happier, savvier working wardrobe from the comfort of your own home, should you wish to tackle it first hand.

STEP 1 - Wardrobe Synchronicity?

There are 5 wardrobe or style personalities that I use in my business to help give both myself and my clients a kind of blueprint to which we can both acknowledge and utilise a person's traits and clothing choices.

There's usually a dominant but they may switch around from work to social arenas and they certainly evolve through life and changes..

The 5 personalities are NATURAL, DRAMATIC, GAMINE, EXPRESSIVE and CLASSIC and I help you find out what your dominant one is here in What's Your Style Personality post.

However, for the point of this post you can look at the following exercise in order to get a good feel of your vibe, so that you can then go and see if your wardrobe relates.

Try this 3 word exercise to help get some snapshot clarity.

How'd it go? Could you see those words in your clothes, accessories and even jewellery?

Now, remember those 3 little words or write them down somewhere you can refer to them when you next shop for new stuff or try on outfits in the future. The clothes in your wardrobe should reflect those word nuggets and will help you wear your happy.

You can also use this exercise to think about your current work and social requirements to help feed into your authentic self . What elements could you tap into more?

What you wear can help translate your message via colour, pattern, shape, style and fit. So, is there anything missing? Maybe your sparse wardrobe is calling out for something? Write these words down too if you like.

STEP 2 - My Easy Sorting Process

Ok, so you're ready to get stuck into the nitty gritty of creating a happier wardrobe, so I want you to start thinking like Wonder Woman so that you can be brave and take no closet prisoners.

If you can, ask a trusted, honest friend or family member to help in person or via a video app . Alternatively, you can always ask me as I do virtual consultations as well as physical ones.

Take snapshots too where necessary because piccies can give you a few honest truths even if your mate is telling a few white ones to save your feelings.

You’ll need:

  • Shopping list and pen to write down anything you’re missing or want to replace.

  • Four bags. One for stuff to donate to charity, one for resale on eBay or other online marketplace, one for the bin itself and one for the dry cleaner/tailor/cobbler.

  • Wet wipes or a cloth and cleaner. What for? You’ll be surprised how much crud you’ll find in your nooks and crannies as well as the resident dust bunnies too .

Start with your wardrobe (or a drawer if you want to start small) and go through the items one at a time making the following 3 piles and please do them in the order I've shared. It's much easier on your mind-set and feelings this way, trust me.

Piles of Clothes Being Sorted
It's good to start small

Feel free to try things on again as you go, to remind you of fit and feelings. Don't be disheartened if they "no longer fill you with joy " as Marie Kondo would say and check out my helpful pointers for each pile process.

  1. DITCH THE NEGATIVE VIBES - Dislikes/Damaged/Well Worn/Doesn't Fit

  2. EMBRACE THE GOOD STUFF - Still Wears and Likes/Loves

  3. IFFY PILE – The Not So Sures and Can't Let Goes


I always start with this pile first because it's a great way to get that instant hit of smug and gratification when you can easily remove items that you don't like and see the free space forming! It's also great to see stuff going in the bag for the charity shop or the potential 'kerch-ing' of an Ebay sale.

If it's damaged bin it and if it was well worn but integral to other outfits, then pop on your shopping list as an item to replace.

Now, here's the sensitive one... If it doesn't fit please do not beat yourself up about it. Bodies change with age, lifestyle, events and health reasons and that is ok. Let it go luv! Share the love it gave you by passing onto someone else who will also look and feel gorgeous in it too. That space will be filled with something else that will make you feel and look great now, just as you are.

Mirror Work Meme, The Image Tree
Don't look backwards, you're not going that way


Now you've already made an impact it's a positive move to now look at what you DO HAVE that works and makes you feel good and builds up that confidence, plus it's fun.

These items are the backbone of your style and working wardrobe. Take a moment to really look at what's involved here because they will hold the key to not only your wardrobe personality but also your potential to building further outfits.

You can build a capsule around your favourite garments. What do they need to get even more wear? An accessory, a piece of outerwear or layer, or more separates to mix with?

Pick one item and brainstorm this... Why do you love it so much? Can you add other versions of it?

Wardrobe Loves Meme, The Image Tree
What are your wardrobe loves?

For further inspiration for outfits, take a patterned piece and look at the base colour from which you can mix a similar coloured separate with. However, if you want a bolder look, use one of the accent colours in the same pattern to work in an accessory without over doing it. Small tweaks tailor transformations and pull outfits together.