I wrote this article “Why You Need a Wardrobe Audit” because of a shopping experience my sister had. It happened on the first Saturday of August.
As I stood watching my younger sister try on a few tops bought from a boutique on the Island. She said, “these tops don’t fit because they’re small. And even if they fitted me, the colours wouldn’t combine well with most of my orphaned pants and skirts.”
Frustrated, she said she would return the tops. The boutique would swap them for better-fitting ones with compatible colours.
Though, I often told her to do a proper audit of her clothes and accessories before shopping. My advice always fell on deaf ears.
She buys clothes and accessories on impulse; then calls me to do “damage control” when they don’t fit or match.
I perceive you’re empathizing with me. Please do.
That’s one of the major burdens of my trade. Which brings me to the subject of my article: “Why You Need a Wardrobe Audit”.
What Is A Wardrobe Audit?
A wardrobe audit is a qualitative analysis of your entire clothes and accessories. It enables you to:
Find out where you keep items
Know which items are appropriate
Identify the gaps in your wardrobe
What’s Stopping You?
Very few women conduct wardrobe audits despite its clear value. Because it is time-consuming. It can take hours, or even days to assemble, document, and analyze each wardrobe item.
But it doesn’t have to be so.
Why Conduct An Audit?
A wardrobe audit provides insights into the quality of your wardrobe so you can fine-tune it. You can only improve your wardrobe if you know all the items you have and how appropriate they are.
Starting a Wardrobe Audit?
You must answer the question of where all your clothes and accessories are. An auditor can help you assemble all your clothes and accessories. Then provide you with a complete list of your items.
What You Need to Have Before a Wardrobe Audit
You need the following before you can do a wardrobe audit:
Create an inventory.
Compile a comprehensive list and description of all the items in your wardrobe.
Because the most important component of doing your wardrobe audit is knowing what you have.
You can’t know where you are going until you know where you are. Wardrobe auditing isn’t rocket science.
With an audit, you will understand:
Which items are useful
Find and combine outfits
Identify the items to store, donate or discard
The key to consistently projecting your personal style is by retaining proper outfits and bridging the gaps in your wardrobe.
‘Rotimi MUDE is the founder/promoter of Magenta Aura Laundry (MALaundry). Having launched the business in Lagos and Edo States respectively, he has a uniquely strategic perspective of the industry. And with nine years of experience, he shares his thoughts and insights in a collection of articles on the laundry and domestic-support industries in Nigeria. Rotimi has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State. He is also an alumnus of the FATE Foundation, Lagos. His mission is to democratize home laundry and domestic-support services in Nigeria.