What to ditch:
Thongs There’s nothing dignified about these and they are so uncomfortable!
Culottes I’ve always hated them. How can anyone look good in them? If you’re thin, you end up looking like Weed from Bill and Ben, or it looks like your trousers have shrunk. If you’re plump, they just make you look short. Every pair should be burned.
Cropped tops Certainly not for us 40-somethings – don’t even go there.
Hipster jeans worn to reveal your tummy If you do love hipsters, team with big sweaters or shirts.
Pastel shortie anoraks
Too-tight trousers If they are too small round the waist they bunch up around the button and cause a floppy overspill. And beware the tight crotch zone!
White skintight trousers Especially ones with polyester.
Thin denier tights
Shoes you can’t walk in (Mind you, I’ve got loads of those.)
VPL knickers These must only be worn with loose garments. Basic cotton, high-leg briefs are lovely and comfy if I’m not wearing anything figure-hugging. And unless it’s for a special occasion at home with a special person, avoid frilly underwear.
What to keep:
Wardrobe staples: I've been wearing cowboy boots since 1972
If you love an outfit, keep it long enough and it will come back into fashion. I have tons of old favourites from over the years that I know I’ll bring out every few years or reinvent by teaming with a recent purchase.
If you'e short on space, vacuum bags are a lifesaver. They can shrink four sweaters down to the size of an A4 envelope! The best ones I’ve found are the Stack & Vac bags from Lakeland.