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The wardrobe detox: cut the emotional ties to your closets for a cathartic clear-out

Doing a big clear-out might seem like the perfect lockdown distraction but it can be daunting. Fashion editor Bairbre Power suggests cutting emotional ties with your clothes, choosing a signature style and creating a capsule wardrobe from what you already have

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Fashion Editor Bairbre Power has some invaluable wardrobe tips

Fashion Editor Bairbre Power has some invaluable wardrobe tips

Fashion Editor Bairbre Power has some invaluable wardrobe tips

I'm no angel. I've clothes going back 40 years. I've even got the cami and lace jacket from my vintage wedding dress in a pillowcase in case my granddaughter might ever be tempted. I think the biggest mistake we face with the spreading girth of our wardrobes is not just down to consumerism but the fact we are emotional beings and are inexplicably 'tied' to our possessions.

I'm guilty of holding on to a beautiful pair of poppy-embroidered jeans I bought for my daughter in The Gap in New York in 1999 and if I don't make them into one of those 'Boho' jeans bags or a cushion cover during the current hiatus, I never will.

A wardrobe detox is the perfect lockdown distraction and can be productive on so many levels - from freeing up space to achieving a goal over days and giving unwanted pieces a new home at the charity shop. Let's start with...


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