Now’s the time to banish winter and change to a summer wardrobe

The Wardrobe Angel - Stephanie Roper

The Wardrobe Angel - Stephanie Roper

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One thing I am really passionate about is getting great clothing mileage out of my wardrobe and taking good care of the threads that I wear. After learning it was 20 degrees in London last week I decided to be optimistic and in anticipation of the Great British Summer I did my summer/winter wardrobe switchover.

Here are my top tips for packing up and storing away unseasonal clothes ...

1. Wash everything before you pack. This may seem an arduous task but it will save you money in the long run. How? Moths love a stain and the last thing you want is come next winter to get your chunky knits out only to discover a moth has been having a feast at your expense. Hello having to buy new knitwear!

2. Get your wool coat dry cleaned and take it out of the plastic wrapping. The wrapping can cause condensation which may damage your coat when it is left unworn for a number of months.

3. Repair any holes and replace missing buttons. Shave your knitwear to remove any bobbles. Seriously. I am forever handing out Bic razors to clients so they can shave their cashmere and lambswool jumpers (trust me: it works). You need a good old fashioned razor, none of the 5 blade rubbish with guards on. Gently shave against the grain of the weave and voila! You have just extended the life of your knitwear.

4. Empty the pockets. At worst you could lay your hands on a crusty tissue. At best you might strike gold and get your hands on some cash if you dig deep!

5. Try and put layers of tissue paper between the items you are packing. This helps to create a crease free environment for your clothes. This also means less ironing when you crack open the suitcase in a few months’ time.

6. Scent up your clothes using drawer liners or scented sachets. You can also use perfume samples from magazines (very thrifty!) and moth repellent sachets are a must.

7. Store the suitcase in a cool, dry place.

So now you have packed away winter and are ready for summer! One more job – separate your holiday clothes from your summer clothes. As a general rule of wardrobes holiday clothes are more brightly coloured, sheerer and less clingy than normal day-to-day summer clothes. If in doubt don’t wear it out – what works on the beach in some far-flung climes won’t work here. This also goes for buying clothes abroad….but that’s a whole other column.

See you in June!

Pictured are some great styles I shot around and about Halifax: From the top: Tyla Steele (21); Rhiannon Armstrong (19); and below them a whole range of accessories from jewellery to handbags

Stephanie Roper, a tea drinking Yorkshire lass is the Wardrobe Angel. She opens up a whole new world of fashion using clients’ existing clothes.

To find out more about her business go to www.wardrobeangel.co.uk

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