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The wardrobe detox

Dreaming of a streamlined wardrobe? Aren't we all... including Muddy's commercial manager, Becky. So, we sent in a pro stylist to sort, create and curate.

We let personal stylist Oyin from My Wardrobe Concierge loose in Becky’s wardrobe. The result? A wardrobe that’s coherent, organised and – yes – streamlined. Here, Becky fills us in on how it unfolded (geddit!) …

A typical session with Oyin lasts three hours and the aim is to help you feel inspired by your wardrobe and what’s in it. She wants to make it work for you, without the need to head for the shops and start again. Something like a skirt, should be good for at least three outfits.

Oyin started on my wardrobe by having a good look at what I had inside and, using a sheet laid out on the floor as a background, putting outfits together. Oyin’s wardrobe detox also involves getting rid of the things that don’t work – clothes that don’t fit and don’t flatter your body shape, and those that are worn or have holes or broken zippers.

I ditched a couple of things along the way, but Oyin also resurrected a pair of trousers that I had long-since relegated to the won’t-be-worn-again-pile by teaming it with tops I would never have put with it to create a new outfit.

Oyin had a great understanding of what I needed from my wardrobe – and totally got the brief of ‘smart casual’. As a mum to two pre-schoolers, I used used to be corporate and can now sometimes feel a little lost.

She’s also got a great eye for colour, and what colours suit, and was very good at finding accessories to take a casual outfit up a notch to become smart casual. We rediscovered some knee high boots that I bought and never wore which I am going to use to make otherwise dull outfits a bit smarter too. She also identified a couple of gaps and sent me a priority shopping list that included basic fitted tops in neutral tones (camel, ivory and navy), a leather or denim jacket, leather (faux)  leggings / coated jeans/ velvet trousers or skirt, thin waist belts and versatile white tops.

Oyin’s top style and colour tips

• Wear warm colours together. e.g. browns, oranges, corals etc
• Wear cool colours together. e.g. greys, whites, blues, purple
• Inject colour when wearing dark or dull colours; accessorise with jewellery or scarves
• Thin waist belts are more flattering and accentuate your waist
• Try tucking in fitted tops into fit n flare skirts; combine with knee length boots.
• Each item in your wardrobe should be able to form at least 3 different outfits.
A three-hour wardrobe detox with My Wardrobe Concierge costs £175. mywardrobeconcierge.com

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