PURGE – Part I

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Before You Purge Your Wardrobe…

Fall is a favourite season for most people because it’s one of the most obvious shifts in the weather. There are so many things to look forward to; the sunlight getting a more golden hue to its brilliance, the leaves getting crisper and twirling down to the sidewalks, everything becomes oddly and obsessively pumpkin flavoured, and last but not least; a new season becomes painfully obvious in window displays.

It’s usually the tail-end of August when mannequins begin to don Fall’s pre-looks, warming you up to the ideas of piling on layers of darker, thicker clothes. You can basically see the twitch of mannequin fingers, coaxing you to come in and try on the latest stuffed bomber that you would look oh-so-adorable in for the next several months while the days get shorter and the air gets cooler.

This is all swimmingly romantic, and delightful, and we all get swept up with our waltzing through stores, dreamily running our hands over the new wools, knits and velvet, until we realize we already have a massive load of clothes from last season waiting to be unpacked for Fall. Thunk. This is like the ball and chain to your ideal wardrobe.

Proper preparation is essential for a successful purge day. If you’re ready to purge your clothes and get a fresh start for the upcoming Fall and Winter season, we have a few tips on how to prepare for the big day (that’s right. It should really only be one day, if you take longer than that you may start to be hem-haw!). Preparation is essential to the entire process, both mentally, digitally, and physically! Below are some ways to help get you in the right headspace to clear out your closet and have the best fall/winter fashion season ever!

1. Prepare Mentally

No yoga required – though if you want to do savasana and think deeply about how great you look in oxblood, you’re more than welcome. To mentally prepare for this day, you’ve got to get in the zone. The fashionista goddess zone where every street is your runway and the Sartorialist is traveling all over the world to find you, and take your photo. Seriously peruse through the September Vogue, look at what trends are alive and well this fall. Spend extra time in the stores, ogling at the displays and looking at the new collections. Soak in as much information about trends when it comes to fabrics, colours, patterns and layers as you can. This is the time you start to think about what you like, and what you want to start to own!

We recommend having a partner for the purge too, someone who shares a similar taste in clothes and budget first.

2. Prepare digitally

Prepare a mood board. Mood boards have been around since, basically, the dawn of fashion. It’s a collection of images, themes, and textures that inspire designers to create their collections. Where the inspiration is drawn from is limitless.

For you, the digital way to do this is to use Pinterest as your ace in the hole. Create a new Pinterest board (free of any other inspirations) and dedicate it to your ideal Fall/Winter wardrobe. A good place to start is at your favourite store’s Pinterest board – this will help you start to build your collection of items that you can actually buy and add to your closet.


You can make this a shareable board with your purge-partner, and collaborate together on what your ideal wardrobe looks like. Remember to keep in mind a few things when creating your ideal, yet realistic, mood board:

  • Think about where you live. If you live in Vancouver, but are pinning looks from Los Angeles, you will be disappointed in the rainfall.
  • Think about your lifestyle. Sky-high stilettos and boyfriend jeans are adorable, but are they practical for your day-to-day?


3. Create a schedule!

Going through your closet can be overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to start – especially when you don’t know how many things you expect to actually purge from your wardrobe. To feel ready to conquer the day, a schedule or agenda will help keep you focused.

We recommend starting with the big things, that have the most impact on your wardrobe and whittle down to accessories. Reason being if you decide you no longer want to keep the houndstooth, knee-length jacket, and you have several supporting pieces for it through tops, bottoms and accessories, it takes a liberating domino effect. The following is a recommended sequence:

  1. Coats/Jackets/Outerwear
  2. Sweaters/Knits
  3. Tops (Basics)
  4. Bottoms
  5. Shoes
  6. Accessories (Jewellery, scarves..)

To summarize, prior to the day of the purge, you should:

  1. Prepare mentally by planning your wardrobe
  2. Plan digitally by creating a specific Pinterest board for ideal (and realistic) looks
  3. Create schedule for the purge day

Ps. For your purge day – here’s a fashionista playlist we’ve collected for some inspiration!


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