What happens if you skip shopping altogether for the festive season? Even if the very idea chills you to the bone, it's likely you have tried something like that, calling a splurge-free month to get your trend act together or do your purse a rare kindness.
Now, about when you should do such a thing: it's definitely the year-end - between December and February - that favours a break from your imprinted habits of consumerism. A tired, sometimes bleak, low-energy, end-of-season phase we all go through is the perfect time for quiet contemplation, a rediscovery and a detox of your existing wardrobe as you brace yourself for the shock of new-season inspiration at the February shows.
SO, HOW TO GO ABOUT BUILDING YOUR DETOX-SEASON CAPSULE COLLECTION?
1. Get your latest buys out - these are your current basics
They are perfectly on trend, and if you've been clever, you'll find great classics among these too (parka, boyfriend coat, bomber, A-line skirts, knitwear, high-necks, new denim styles, faux fur, block heel boots, snake print, checks, stripes and so on).
2. Identify the real staples in your wardrobe - the ones EVERYONE falls back on all the time
Think clean black, blue and indigo skinny jeans (distressed styles still welcome though), white shirts, classic trouser suits, tailored pants, V-neck sweaters, blouses, more stripes, smart knee and ankle boots, Chelsea boots, black leather biker jacket, navy reefer coat. In short, quality basics to dress on-trend stuff up or down.
3. Unearth rarely (or never) worn wardrobe gems + rummage through your 'outdated' stuff
This should solve your problems of how to dress up for special occasions, but you may be surprised to find items you bought six or seven years ago, just coming back en vogue to save you money - at least, for now. What can you expect? Clean or quirky vintage dresses - don't forget florals for next season -, metallic pleats, smart waistcoats, flares, tunics, skinny scarves and who knows what else.
4. Encourage your female relatives and friends to do a wardrobe detox and volunteer to help
Believe me, you'll be adding a bunch of fresh stuff to your own wardrobe as a result. I've done it with my sister as she was moving house and got cool suede and leather items, a biker gilet, shirts, knits and two pairs of cropped jeans I wasn't ready to buy into but would love to try. This can totally replace binge shopping for a couple of months. Find my live feeds on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and selected looks on Lookbook.
EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING
parka, fairisle sweater: New Look, jeggings: Dorothy Perkins,