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Starting Over

by chicisnatural
Starting Over

A while back while trying to put together an outfit, I realized that my closet needed a major overhaul. I was sorting through clothing items that I either hadn’t worn in years, had no intention of ever wearing, or no longer fit my style. Some even still had tags on them. Subconsciously I’ve known for a long while that I needed to do a serious purge, but I think I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to come to terms with the fact that I’ve wasted so much money. That’s a hard pill to swallow indeed, but that particular day I had reached my breaking point because I was tired of having a closet full of clothes and still feeling like I had nothing to wear.

I remember a quote I read a while back that goes something like “keep the things that spark joy, and get rid of those that don’t.” That is exactly what I did! It’s been a process, but in the last month or so I’ve eliminated more than half of the items in my closet by donating most of them and selling the rest. At first I thought it would be difficult to let go, but it’s actually a very freeing feeling to get rid of so much dead weight! I also feel like I have a greater appreciation for my things when there aren’t so many.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love to shop as much as the next girly girl, but I think there is something to be said about having a manageable wardrobe full of things you truly love versus an overwhelming wardrobe with a bunch of filler- which is what sparked my mission to get my closet in order. Now that I’ve gotten rid of the things that needed to go, it’s time for me to construct my dream wardrobe.

Here are a few “wardrobe tips” I came up with to help me rebuild. Feel free to add some of your own! :

1. Define your focus and shop with a list – The first thing one must do when rebuilding their closet is to decide on the look/style they’re going for to be able to create a functional wardrobe that fits their lifestyle. Before heading out to the shops, take inventory of the clothes you have and make a list of items you feel that you need in your wardrobe to make it complete. Shopping without a list can lead to having multiple items that are similar or buying things that you simply don’t need, so stay focused and plan ahead.

2. Invest in staple items – I’ve decided to upgrade the things that I wear over and over such as my handbags, shoes and accessories. You can make an outfit that isn’t very expensive look a lot more chic and polished by having good quality staple pieces.

3. Ask yourself  “do I truly want this?” – Have you ever bought something just because it was on sale and later come to the realization that you don’t actually like it very much? I’ve done that more times than I’d like to admit, which isn’t a smart way to shop at all. Now before I purchase something, I gauge how it will fit into my current wardrobe and if I will be able to mix and match it to wear in multiple ways. If I can’t envision at least 3 different looks with a particular piece then I don’t buy it.

4. Stay current, but think twice about anything too trendy – It’s important to develop your own personal style as trends come and go. What’s “in” this season could be yesterday’s news by next, and you don’t want a bunch of outdated pieces in your closet. Structure your wardrobe with a solid base of classic items so that it allows for experimentation, but don’t go overboard. It’s all about balance. Use trends as inspiration and incorporate the ones that reflect your style and make them your own.

The most important thing is to wear what makes you feel happy and confident!

 

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48 comments

Tina October 24, 2016 - 8:17 pm

Very helpful information.

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kiera181 June 13, 2015 - 8:37 pm

I definitely needed this! Let the rebuilding begin!

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Jon Danielle May 17, 2015 - 5:00 pm

It would be AWESOME if you made a staple items wardrobe and accessory video PRETTY PLEAE 🙂

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Shana May 12, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Hey! love your youtube channel/blog, can you make a wardrobe staples video 🙂 pls.

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Simone April 11, 2015 - 6:21 pm

If you would like to help college students if would be much appreciated. I go to Parsons The New School for Design in NYC and we spend a lot of money on fabric and supplies and don’t have extra money to buy professional, trendy and good quality clothes to wear to internships or even for business meetings. Not only myself, but others would really appreciate any donations.

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Nailah April 2, 2015 - 10:22 pm

You should do poshmark!! A lot of people would buy some of the clothes you don’t wear anymore. I know I would! 🙂

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Nadine March 15, 2015 - 7:13 pm

You have no idea how helpful your tips are. Thank you hun. Kisses

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Shannon Sattlerfield March 10, 2015 - 9:30 pm

The quotes &. Tips are indeed helpful ! Thank You !

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BJD1 March 9, 2015 - 3:04 am

love the tips!

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Shaza March 8, 2015 - 8:46 pm

This is definitely the transition I’m going through right now. I’ve flushed out all the clothes I hardly ever wear and realized most were really trendy items. Now I’m starting over with the basics and it’s incredible to see how many outfits I can recreate with these items.

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Ebahi Ikharo March 8, 2015 - 7:20 pm

This is just what I needed to hear, especially now that spring is coming up! Thanks Kim!

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Casjmier March 7, 2015 - 1:13 am

I love that quote! I’m glad that you got rid of them clothes by donating so those who need them, instead of keeping them in ya closet and being selfish!
Well I’m not calling you selfish, but it’s like if ya thought about donating them then not when you really didn’t want them is kind of selfish! I hope you understand what I ment by that!! But love ya guh

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Brittany March 7, 2015 - 12:12 am

Hi Kim! Great advice and SO on time! My closet could definitely benefit from a spring cleaning. I’m excited to strip it down to the basics and rebuild my wardrobe with the help of these tips. Thanks!

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Sherain March 6, 2015 - 2:58 am

I love that quote. I literally have clothes everywhere because I have completely ran out of places to store them. I would say that I’ve actually worn less than a tenth of them within the past 2years. That’s insane! I think it’s time I do some serious spring cleaning!

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Kay March 5, 2015 - 6:04 pm

This was an awesome post! I am currently going through the same thing and it really breaks my heart watching all my money go to waste. I can definitely benefit from your tips. Sigh let the heartbreak begin.

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Wu Letty March 4, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Nice Blog, you were truly speaking to me. I sold a lot to 3 girls who were ecstatic. I even gave makeup brushes…not my MAC eye brushes though.

I do think now and ask myself questions and since my favorite colors are black, white and grey, my wardrobe is lighter and my more useful. I am a Jeans girl.
I did get upset with my shoes though, but the last Dereon boots I wore once and had them in the closet for Years and then dry rotted, I was pissed at myself.

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LaLa March 4, 2015 - 3:05 pm

omg I definitely need to do a huge cleanout my closet is packed with things I don’t wear, your tips definitely made me open my eyes to see my mission on what I need to do. Thanx 4 sharing im gona be going thru and donating all weekend cause its a lot girl lol..stay KimFaboulous <3

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Kamari W March 4, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Love the tips. I’ve grown to realize I’m a simple girl when it comes to purchasing clothes.

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Anne March 4, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Yep, can so relate….:)

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Dee Shanell March 4, 2015 - 6:45 am

Wow this really speaks to me. I have SO much crap although I don’t really like or wear most of it, but I don’t want to get rid of it because I’ve spent SOOO much money on it all 🙁 Definitely gonna keep all of this in mind after I clean out my wardrobe

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Sharon March 4, 2015 - 2:55 am

Well spoken!! “Out with the old, in with the new.” Time 2 part ways with what’s no longer needed.

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Adabrakadoll March 4, 2015 - 1:24 am

love this

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Jas March 4, 2015 - 12:22 am

I like the tip on making a list I always end up with similar peices and definitely the same shades of lip color.

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Lacrisha williams March 4, 2015 - 12:19 am

Yes good points lol I need to go spring shopping asap cause I’m gaining weight I’ll either give old clothes to goodwill or have a garage sell

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Lacrisha williams March 4, 2015 - 12:17 am

I like this post because I’ve gave mostly all my clothes to the good will cause I out grew them or its taking up my closet space lol. So guess what SPRING SHOPPING is wat I need to do asap

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Gigi March 3, 2015 - 11:26 pm

I really like this post, I’ve been tailoring my wardrobe for almost a year now and it certainly is a process. Each season I do another purge. I like the idea of minimalism, I may try it. I also realized that all the things that “sparked joy” for me have a definitive ‘french girl wardrobe’ feel.

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Kayon March 3, 2015 - 10:41 pm

I purge yearly by donating to some one else who may use my items like family first then goodwill . Great posting

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Andrea F. March 3, 2015 - 9:42 pm

I’ve always found getting rid of my clothing to be difficult. I’m always second guessing if I would need it later on or if I should keep them just incase I ran out of clothes to wear (which is never the case). More times than one I’ve ended up keeping stuff that just end up not being used at all. But I’ve recently learned to just give them up…it’s a very liberating feeling indeed.

Thanks for sharing this!

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Shelley (Peace) Brooks March 3, 2015 - 9:31 pm

I really need to purge my closet..but I keep procrastinating by telling myself. l still might want to wear that..lol smh…I have some work to do.

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Ms.Mitch March 3, 2015 - 9:26 pm

Getting rid of old clothing is something that I need to do, however, I have always regretted getting rid of a particular item. Yikes

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Danette March 3, 2015 - 8:20 pm

That’s a wonderful quote to always keep in mind! As always, thank you for sharing the quote and the tips!!

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PamR March 3, 2015 - 7:29 pm

This is awesome!!! I try to go through my closet at the end of winter and summer and if I hadn’t wore an item in a year…it goes!

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Tawayna Washington March 3, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Great Post! I have been looking at my closet in the same manner you had. Maybe after this read it will motivate me to sort through my catastrophe of a closet. Thanks for the read love!

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Leah March 3, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Great post, Kim!!
You’re an inspiration!!
-Leah

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Antoinette March 3, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Great idea, you are the freaking best!!!

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DenaTheDiva March 3, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Great tips!! I cannot wait ’till you establish your dream closet! I will also be incorporating these ideals into my journey to enhance my wardrobe. XOXO

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Colleeno March 3, 2015 - 5:24 pm

U did it again, good job, love it.

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Nichael L March 3, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Thanks for this!

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Latryce March 3, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Thank you for posting this!! I actually love watching your style videos and I always say “dang, she has a lot of clothes”, haha! I have been struggling with this myself. I have lots of items in my closet that I think I will wear, but never do – simply put, I need to purge as well. These tips are spot on and I can agree with each one! Shopping for me is always based on “it’s on sale!”, so this was a true eye-opener! Thank you Kim! Continue to share and help us out! 🙂

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Kettie March 3, 2015 - 5:07 pm

This is a really great post that I’m diffinatly going to take into consideration.

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stevie March 3, 2015 - 5:04 pm

.I’ve thrown out almost everything in my closet and I’m starting over…I’m turning 27 this month and i need a new look..great read kim

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Sandra March 3, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Love this piece.

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Janice March 3, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Hello Kim

I love everything you put together you are very unique and i have always done my on thing. And.as far getting rid of stuff you hit the nail on the head . I donate my old stuff someone might be able to use it.

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Karen March 3, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Great tips.

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farah Rosier March 3, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Yes u right. Everyone should wear what make them happy

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Cori M March 3, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Hey Kim!

You should check out the Poshmark app. I think EVERYONE would want to buy your items. Plus, the way you like thrifting, you could probably find some things you really like, too. I feel like I have watched all your Youtube vids, so I don’t think you’ve mentioned Poshmark before, but just a friendly suggestion

Cori

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yakenya jenkins March 3, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Omg you are the best!! Kisses

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Kenita March 3, 2015 - 4:55 pm

GREAT PIECE!

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