Sary Walrus’ Wardrobe Overhaul: Step One

Well, I’ve been slowly taking steps towards an overhaul for the last year. And only recently have I been implementing a plan as to how I think I might get to my desired wardrobe. While searching the internet I’ve only managed to find articles describing others wardrobe overhauls rather than how one actually implements this. Luckily a couple of other bloggers with their own overhauls have directed me in the right direction. That being The Everyday Goth’s, Bats and Bunnies’ and Woxje’s style guides (all linked respectively). So, I’ll just jump right in. But I’ll be taking mine a little further and a little more detailed. The first step is planning out what I want out of my wardrobe and what I need.

We can’t all look this awesome. Or can we? – Link


 Black is an obvious one and my most frequent. My favourite colours and main accents will be dark red, aqua (and bold blues) and dark purple. White of course, along with grey as I love monochrome outfits and I LOVE pairing black with grey. Yes, I am that bland.


Patterns were another obvious one. I really do prefer simple patterns if at all. I feel that patterned clothing isn’t as diverse as block coloured clothing so these are just for accents. I’m not the type to mix patterns.

I cheated a bit. While there’s the obvious stripes, brocade and tartan I also included fishnets – specifically ripped fishnets. This goes for criss-cross patterns as well as the typical fishnet pattern.


This collage is now my wallpaper.
  • Boots [here]
  • High waisted skirts [here]
  • Belts and assessories [from my Tumblr somewhere].
  • Layers (cardigans, boleros, shawls, cape-lets, coats, waist coats) [here]
  • Leather [image from here]
  • Stockings [here]

That’s about it for step one. Only you know you’re wardrobe but it might take a little time and reading to really look closely at it to see what you’re missing or hoarding. It doesn’t have to be a daunting task but a fun new project as long as you look towards the future. Step two will be working out your inspirations and more of what you want. But in the meanwhile how’s your wardrobe going these days?



  1. December 28, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    I should do the same. I am now working on my own 'what is my style' question & how I want my wardrobe to be in the future/what to look for. And this might be interesting 😀

  2. December 28, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    I pretty much know my style to a T, but I am being more careful with my purchases and honing my wardrobe to make it more easy for me. I want to reach in and not have overly fussy pieces.

    Can't wait to read about your next steps!

  3. December 28, 2012 / 5:33 pm

    I'm trying to incorporate Cybergoth into my wardrobe, and I'm finding it difficult, as I want to avoid the PVC, hotpants, or more than one UV colour at a time.
    What makes it harder is that I'm trying to lose weight at the same time.
    Good luck with the overhaul!

  4. December 28, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    Mmm… I don´t have ONE style per se, I wear steampunk, goth, 80s vintage, hippie tunics and basic items in a mad blend, just depending on my mood. I´m not very structured when it comes to buying clothes, and I should get rid of a lot of stuff… But in the end I love my crazy wardrobe! I don´t care that it is unstructured and full of crazy items that I seldom wear. At least I know what colors I want to have in my wardrobe, mostly jewel colors, dark red, dark green, dark teal… and of course black and white.

  5. December 28, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Kelsey: It is fun, isn't it! :3 I'll have to wait until later to read yours but I promise I will!

    Amaranth: That sounds really difficult! I wish you good luck everything too. :3

  6. December 28, 2012 / 10:56 pm

    Have fun! I love overhauling my wardrobe, too. It's so refreshing.

    I'm not doing a big dramatic overhaul at the moment, but I am adding in a new piece or two at a time! I'm trying to go for a more over-the-top Gothic look, as opposed to some of the more casual stuff I wore while finishing up at school.

  7. December 28, 2012 / 11:56 pm

    I recently went through my closet and got rid of everything I don't actually wear 🙂
    Leaving me with exactly what I wear showed me what I needed to get and I am WAY happier with having exactly what I like, easily available.
    I'm a pretty casual Goth so my "uniform" is leggings, skirt, t-shirt – and I now have exactly that in my closet! 🙂

  8. December 29, 2012 / 3:56 am

    I've been wanting to do an overhaul for such a long time now. Unfortunately, since I'm still in school, all I have left to work with is just phasing in and out different pieces of "casual goth" clothes. (Mostly just different tops to wear with black pants because I'm boring like that)

  9. December 29, 2012 / 10:52 am

    It is a great idea to plan, I have been overhauling my wardrobe this year, and will continue to do so next year. I am getting more and more towards what I want, and learning to sew, so as to have things I cannot afford is the next step. Looks like you have everything planned out well, that is great. Not wasting money on things that then don't suit your new style is a great way to start. I mostly have it down now and rarely buy things I don't end up wearing.

  10. December 30, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    Woo hoo!
    Sary, you so cute <3

    My wardrobe has waaaaay too much stuff in it that doesn't get worn too often.
    It's mostly pricey brand clothing (such as Gloomth and Lip Service.)

    I seem to keep wearing the same stuff over and over. I tend to wear Gothabilly type things. So it's about 20% of my wardrobe being used on a daily basis. Eh.
    Eventually I'll sort out my clothes but right now I technically have two bedrooms. One has a lot of clothes in it ;-;

  11. December 30, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    My wardrobe is huge but I only use a tenth of it because of weight gain and change in taste. But I will never get rid of my precious collection 🙂 But I'm very careful of what I'm buying.

  12. January 2, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    I hope you don't mind but I borrowed this post idea! It is just such a brilliant idea!

  13. January 2, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    KatE: Of course not! I'll be sure to check yours out. :3

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