I'm planning to take a few hours and take out everything from the wardrobe, and put it on the bed. I'll clean the space - vacuum and wipe down with a lavender scented cleaner.
The plan is to take each item, starting with my favourites, apply brain and ask myself
a) do I love it?
b) do I need it?
c) does it give me good energy/no energy/neutral energy?
d) when did I last wear it?
I'm going to take my time over this, have a coffee and a think now and then, a glass of wine perhaps. The aim is, when all my favourites (which fit and don't need repaired or cleaned) are hanging there, to look for the common denominator - what is it about these things that makes them favourites?
That will define my preferred style - what really works for me. Choosing once you get to the shops is a worse dilemma than choosing food in the supermarket - too much choice!
It turns out my favourites are simple shapes, self coloured in 'my colours' - navy, colourful greys, raspberry, fuchsia, purples and blues. (see Simply Stylish 7 July 2010) long sleeved, nice quality fabrics, mainly cotton, linen, wool. Well made, plain, unadorned but hopefully not boring...
Another look over them to see if any of them are getting a bit worn out - stretched necklines, baggy knees, thinning fabric etc and make a note to look for replacements if needed.
....next, a look at the rest..