I think we’ve all been there, a sudden climatic change in weather forces us into a mild case of panic as we realize that last seasons favourite garments aren’t ready for it.

Maybe you’ve put something back in the wardrobe thinking that you’ll get around to sending it to the dry cleaners, fix that loose button, wash your knits when you have time, but realistically, you never do, as there is always something more important or demanding of your time. So we forget about it.

As Autumn is fast approaching, we might still be enjoying the warmth of summer, but beware of complacency. Now is the precise time to get into your wardrobe and get organized.

Start by bringing out everything that represents a basic core item. These are the skirts, trousers, jeans, jackets, the items that form the basis of an outfit.

Check them over for stains, repairs, missing items, wear and tear. Next is to TRY them on. Whether you want to accept it or not, out summer clothes are usually looser than our winter ones, and it might just be that some of your last season clothes are not fitting you as well as they did last year. Do they need altering? Set them aside, as well as anything else that needs attending to.

Look at these items and decide whether you have the basis for clever coordination. Can you intermix these items to create different combinations? This is important if you want to have a truly workable wardrobe.

Next bring out the individual pieces that help bring these together. Your tops, shirts and knits. Do these need attention? Try to put outfits together with what you have. For example, take one skirt, one top and one jacket. Can you change the bottom, or the top and still have an outfit with the jacket, and vice versa with the skirt? If you do this with all of your core items you will begin to see where the gaps are. Maybe you need new camisoles, t shirts, leggings, knits to help change the look of these core items? Do you have accessories to complete the outfit?

Accessories can change the look of most items and also allow you to express your personality. It might be that all you need is a new on trend necklace, belt, scarf or pair of boots. A handbag in a new season colour might also help you update your new season look. The point I am making is that if you don’t go through the process of sorting through the items you haven’t worn since the weather changed, when the change arrives, you might just be caught high and dry with having nothing to wear and end up heading out to the stores in a complete panic and spending money on items you might be making a mistake on.

A wardrobe audit is the clever way of being prepared for a shopping expedition. Not only will you be prepared and know what you need, but you wont be tempted to spend dollars on items that you really don’t need. You’ll also save considerable time too, something all of us as busy mums don’t have ever enough of.

Next time I’ll be talking about shopping and how to avoid the pitfalls of buying unnecessarily.

About The Author

Julie Hyne is a internationally renowned and accredited Stylist and Image consultant, In her roles, Julie has worked in industries where image and style are vitally important, including the airline industry, hospitality and Corporations. Julie is sought after for web hosting, radio and podcast interviews, presenting and publishing targeted style videos and writing of articles for online magazines and blogs.

Julie is also known for her styling at Brand Smart Premium Outlet, Camberwell Shopping Centre, and Westfield Southland.

Julie helps individuals identify and display their unique style that in turn creates presence, instills confidence, and attracts opportunities in their personal and professional lives. A believer that good style is not dependant on fashion, Julie works with fashion to create easy and memorable style.

Julie is accredited with the AICI (Association of Image Consultants International), and holds a Board Position for the Melbourne Chapter. Julie also holds a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Modelling, Certificate in TV and Media Presenting, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

You can contact Julie through her website www.juliehyneimagestylist.com.au or http://www.facebook.com/juliehyneimagestylist

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  1. jaimilayt

    March 30, 2014 at 1:07 am,

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    Thank you! Great read :)

  2. someonesmother

    March 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm,

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    My wardrobe hasn’t been ready in years!

  3. myst_angel335

    March 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm,

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    What ! why would you need to do an assessment of your wardrobe ?
    Summer dresses can be worn all the way through….Loose Dresses & tops only need a belt !
    paired with a nice jacket your done!

  4. yyon4699

    January 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm,

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    never pay much attention to my wardrobe

  5. mle00

    January 31, 2014 at 1:33 am,

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    Ha my wardrobe never changes much, just gets shuffled around a little!

  6. ljsalomon

    January 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm,

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    Interesting read -thanks for sharing

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    January 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm,

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    great article thanks for sharing

  8. December 31, 2013 at 10:02 am,

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    I really need to change my wardrobe – but need to get back to my normal weight first!

  9. December 26, 2013 at 11:38 am,

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    interesting read – thanks for sharing

  10. SassaRMum

    December 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm,

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    I am not very fashionable at all and hardly ever have enough money to spend on my self. Him I won some money then I am sure to go through my wardrobe and throw out some very dowdy looking clothes and get some good looking clothes

  11. December 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm,

    MoM Rewards: kathryn has a diamond MoM rewards level kathryn said:

    Oh dear – just realised that my wardrobe is the same all year through. Have to start paying more attention to these style articles than I have been!

  12. December 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm,

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    Thank you for sharing :) :)

  13. meimei

    December 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm,

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    Interesting article :) I enjoyed read it.

  14. sonja_holness

    November 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm,

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    I hate the change of seasons and my ever fluctuating weight, it makes it so hard to find clothes.

  15. catgrrl3

    October 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm,

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    thanks for the great tips

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