Grace Woodward wants us to wear what’s in our wardrobe.
Grace Woodward is the straight talking stylist who knows a lot about clothes, we catch up with her to find out her favourite trends for the coming season and what clothing she couldn’t live without
New research has shown that women are hoarding £1,212 worth of clothing in their wardrobes, we just can’t seem to let go of the things we own.
Yet despite having wardrobes filled with the latest fashion, 40 per cent of Brits claim to be bored with their clothes and only 3 per cent say they feel excited about choosing a different outfit each day.
Grace Woodward tells us what she thinks about this new research.
Women are hoarding more than a thousand pounds worth of clothes in their wardrobe, yet most women say they have nothing to wear. What do you think about this?
I think the culture of how we wear clothes has changed, we love the new and often over consume – the thrill of getting something new drives us to get more. When you have too many clothes it’s difficult to see the wood from the trees and many of us don’t actually know what is hanging in the wardrobe. Choosing an outfit becomes overwhelming, which is why women often feel they have nothing to wear (even though they have lots).
Personally I think we have too much choice and we don’t regenerate outfits like people did in the past.
How can women make more out of the clothes that they already own?
Firstly, caring for them properly is key – if you don’t hang clothes on the right hangers things can easily lose their shape and look scruffy. It’s also important to make the most of the space within your wardrobe. Never over fill – you don’t have to hang everything! I have a PAX wardrobe from IKEA that came complete with moveable shelves – great for storing foldable items like t-shirts and cardigans. Your key staples can still be at arms reach but wont clutter up the rails. Having the space to hang your clothes also helps you remember what you have, divide into dresses, skirts, trousers, shirts, tops, jacket etc. this will make it a lot easier to piece an outfit together.
What tips would you give to women so that they do wear more of their wardrobe?
Organisation is key – if you can’t see it you won’t wear it. This doesn’t mean you have to have all of your wardrobe in view. I recommend taking some time to work out what key pieces you are going to wear over the next month. You can always move these to the front of the rail. Also spend some time creating different ‘looks’ that way you are planning ahead and it will save you time and energy each morning.
How much of your own wardrobe do you wear?
1000% of it!
Do you have many items that are still brand new?
No not one. I’m the kind of person who wears a new item out of the shop I usually love it so much I can’t wait.
Which three staple items should all women own?
A perfect white shirt, a black long sleeve body and an expensive pair of tights x 2. Also a piece of Chanel, big or small, eBay or boutique every woman should own something because it makes you feel like a woman – fact.
Which one item in your wardrobe couldn’t you live without?
If I were to go for minimalism I’d keep my Nike running leggings, running bra and a black T, even these look good with heels.
Which trends are you coveting for the new season?
I don’t really believe in trends but I would like another pair of bonkers shoes – there lots of silver going on at the moment, that seems quite fun.
What’s your ultimate buy for this coming season?
I’ve just bought an Alessandra Rich dress, the week before Sam Cam wore hers at the Whitehouse! In fact I wore the label for the last publicity shots for BNTM, so chic and cool.