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!