Know What To Throw | Cornwall Today March 2017

Roo's March 2017 Fashion feature published in Cornwall Today Magazine: Words by Roo Cross

Know What To Throw | Cornwall Today March 2017Fast looming is that time of year to start thinking about a good old-fashioned sort through. Out with the old, in with the new, and all that. Spring has nearly sprung, and room needs to be made in that all-too cluttered wardrobe. But how do decide what’s a keeper, and what’s not? There’s the dilemma right there! Coming up are some simple tips to help ease the pain – not that I always get it right! I still feel slightly sick when I think about that Diesel leopard print fur coat with the orange satin lining that I took to the charity shop at least ten years ago. Why did I do that? I have no idea, and have regretted it numerous times since.

One of the main issues these days is it’s no longer about what’s ‘fashionable’ and what’s not. Some seemingly that is deeply ‘unfashionable’ one minute can become next year’s must-have. What about denim flares, dungarees, bomber jackets? Then there are those pieces that are clearly and unquestionably timeless, with the ability to glide with ease through decade after decade, like the Levi’s Denim Trucker jacket. This piece transcends ages, styles, and is a lifelong staple.

Levi's Vintage Sherpa Denim Trucker Jacket available from Roo's Beach UK
There is often a grey area, though, and some items have to stay in your wardrobe just because there’s too much invested in them to get rid of them. A friend of mine bought one of those socalled timeless jackets (a cropped D&G light tan leather number with black elastic trim) and she has been waiting to wear it ever since! She’s literally lugged it around for years on the basis of its sassy, fl oral-patterned silk lining just hanging out for it to have its moment. It has to happen, right? There are a couple of basic rules I apply. Sometimes it really is as simple as: “I know I will never ever fit into that again no matter how much celery I eat.” I got rid of a load of shorty t-shirts recently, and felt a lot better for it!

It’s quite an easy one, this. Pick up the piece in question, and if what was once a rather splendid sleek-fitting pencil skirt is now impossible to walk in, get rid. Hips grow. Fact.

And what about that delicious strapless dress you wore to a cousin’s wedding, that made everyone’s jaw drop for the right reason? Nowadays, it offers no support anywhere useful; out it goes to make room for something else. Something new and exciting. Something that you’ll feel great in!

Which brings me to one point: I’m not really saying get rid, but replace! Spring is all about birth and re-invention, so now’s the time to do it! You heard the phrase about carrying around a load of baggage? Taking that phrase literally as well as metaphorically will make you feel a whole lot lighter. Now we come to my golden rule and probably my best tip: try to imagine yourself wearing that piece again. Picture the scene and put yourself in it. The dinner party. The shopping trip. At the school gates. The casual date. Sunbathing on the beach. Whatever it is, picture it, and if that picture remains nothing more than an out-of-focus photograph with your face barely visible, you know it’s a no. Apply these little simple tips and you’ll soon know what to throw. Then, with all that space you’ll have, it’s time to go shopping again. Yay!

For further style advice check out Roo's monthly Fashion feature in Cornwall Today magazine. Coming up next month...Girl Crush. 

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