With the start of a new year—or even, a new decade—comes with it the urge to reset and reorder one’s life, and with it, one’s wardrobe. Are you really making the most of the clothing and accessories you already have? Are you guilty of holding on to something that you’ll probably never wear again, for the wrong reasons? A de-cluttered closet is the first step to making your existing clothing selection work as hard as possible; after all, you’re unlikely to wear something if you’ve forgotten its even there.
As Japanese author, consultant and de-cluttering connoisseur Marie Kondo so famously says, you should only hold on to things that “spark joy” – whether that be because it holds fond memories, or simply makes you feel fabulous when you wear it.
“It’s about heightening your sensitivity to what brings you joy,” she says. “Once you’ve completed your tidying, there is room to welcome meaningful objects, people and experiences into your life.”
Streamlining your wardrobe is not only good for the soul, but good for the environment, too. Learning how to be more mindful with your purchasing habits will likely result in less waste, and fewer regretful impulse buys. An estimated £30 billion worth of unworn clothes hang in our wardrobes, and around £140 million worth of clothing goes to landfill every year.
Of course, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t be simply throwing your old clothes away; donate them to charity or contribute to the circular fashion model by selling your designer wares on a luxury resale site.
Here’s our edit of the easiest (and chicest) resale websites to use. Just try not to buy twice as much as you sell…
THE FIFTH COLLECTION
Co-founded by Nejla Matam-Finn and her husband Michael Finn, The Fifth Collection is a Singapore-based online platform for people to find, share and buy second-hand luxury items. The couple also invested in developing Entrupy—a luxury goods authentication software which boasts an impressive 99.1% accuracy rate, so you can be rest assured that you’re getting the right goods for a fair price.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.