“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” -Elizabeth Gilbert
I get questions all the time about my wardrobe and how I curate it so I thought I would put together a little series on how I develop and maintain my wardrobe.
To start, my closet used to be a giant mismatched mess that was full of pieces that I either never wore or had only worn once or twice. The space was stressful and a mess. I rarely even knew what I had and there was so much crammed in there that things often ended up balled on the floor and forgotten. Once I got married and had to share closet space, I decided that I needed to be a lot more intentional with the clothes that I owned. I needed to have less and have it all work better for me than what I had.
Over time, they system I’ve developed goes a little something like this:
- Plan again
Today I want to talk about the first planning process. Before you start any project, you need to have a goal that you’re working towards otherwise you’ll find yourself lost in the process. When it comes to planning for a wardrobe, you have to start by figuring out what your personal style is and making a list of parameters to stick to when building a wardrobe.
I start this process by hopping online and starting a Pinterest board. I let myself pin outfits that I feel inspired by and don’t try to edit my process by what I want myself to like. Instead of approaching it with a hidden agenda of what I want my style to be, I just pin what is attractive to me. Because let’s be honest, you can spend your whole life chasing a certain style that just doesn’t work for you on a practical basis. You’re trying to pinpoint your actual style that is going to fit the life you have not the life you want. You can pin straight from Pinterest or use resources like your favorite style blogs
Once you have that board, go back and ask these questions about what you’ve pinned:
- Is this a trend piece or is this something that I can wear for years down the road?
- Will this fit into my everyday lifestyle?
- Will it work well with my favorite pieces I already own and wear on the regular?
Once you’ve gone through these and answered honestly, delete the outfits that don’t fit the parameters. If you are overwhelmed by an entire board for your wardrobe you can create separate boards for different categories. You can be really OCD and have one for tops, bottoms, dresses, etc. Or you can do what I have done and just separate clothing, shoes and accessories.
After you have your boards all straightened out, look over them and see if you notice anything on common with the pieces you’ve selected. Take note of:
These are all the factors that caught your immediate attention and that will determine what you’re attracted to when in the shopping phase. For for me, my clothing board features pieces that focus on:
- Silhouettes that include a balance of structured and flowy pieces.
- Blues, greys, greens and other neutrals
- Linen, cotton and leather
- Brown buttons, interesting fabric patterns, embroidery, and pintucking
So take note of the things that are similar and make some notes to use later on when you’re getting closer to the purchasing stage.
Your next step will involve going through your current closet so make sure you write down your new plan for where you want your wardrobe to go. When making the list keep in mind your wardrobe as a whole. Think about what you want it to look like when you step back and take in the entire space with one glance. This is another place where the Pinterest board can be helpful. Take an overview of the entire board and note what makes it all work together.
This is probably one of the more challenging parts of the process, but once you get the hang of noticing patterns in what you’re picking, it will come more naturally. I would definitely recommend doing this before you even get close to touching your current wardrobe so that you know exactly what direction you’re heading in during the next step. The painful one. The Purge.
Until next time!