Happy March! One of my struggles with fashion has always been creating a closet that really represents me. I have a couple of outfits I feel totally comfortable in that really rep my personality and style, but over time I become pretty indifferent to the rest, despite years of curating. Creating my own conscious closet (click here for a quick guide to doing this yourself) has helped me a ton, since it does impose certain limits to what I take in and curbs those impulse buys. But I think that some simplification can actually help us to par down our wardrobes into more mindful collections, too.
It always fascinates me that more shopping isn’t always the answer to our wardrobe woes.
Define your style
If you haven’t ever taken the time to properly define your style, this was a huge help for me! And don’t worry, it will evolve–you’re never stuck. If you don’t have an idea, grab your favorite outfits and define them (or ask someone to define them for you). Do a little window shopping and see which styles you gravitate toward too. Once you’ve come up with a few styles (boho, casual, and cozy are my words of choice :)), it’ll be easier to define what DOESN’T suit you, helping you organize, purge, and simplify.
Focus on fit
Whenever I do a closet purge, I tend to just throw clothes around and keep a bunch of things I won’t review again until the next purge. It’s as chaotic as it sounds. And not helpful. What’s actually logical is to consider the fit of the clothes. Even if you LOVE, love a print or fabric, you are not going to wear it if it doesn’t fit right. If you want it to fit right, take it to a tailor and transform it into something that you love right now.
Stay in the present
Speaking of right now, another way to simplify your closet is to think of it at its present state. Is it serving you right now? There’s nothing wrong with saving things, but when it comes to fashion we tend to put things off: until I’m skinnier, until I actually go to the tailor, until I have the perfect jacket to pair with it, the perfect event to wear it to. There’s a million excuses. If it’s not contributing to clutter or mental clutter, there’s no harm in keeping things for the future, but it helps to check in with yourself every now and then. And when you do choose to keep “future” pieces, I’d suggest at least separating your everyday wear from it. The organization helps you keep tabs on your current closet.
Even though fast fashion currently dominates the industry, the one cool thing about an ever-evolving closet is that you can think of it as somewhat fluid. You can still revive your closet regularly without contributing to excess waste or supporting questionable fashion brands. Whether it’s asking your friends if they want to do a clothing swap (or even borrowing from a friend and lending her something in exchange), or just letting go of what you know would better serve someone else, there’s a lot of ways to be collaborative when it comes to your closet. I’ve heard of a lot of clothing-centric events in LA via Facebook, and I’m sure that’s true for tons of other communities too.
By this I don’t mean to organize everything by color (though if you want to, I’m sure it would look amazing), but stick to a closet that’s full of colors that you love. One of my friends recently gave me a couple sweaters (see above!), including a light pink cardigan that I love. She realized that she LOVES neutrals, like black and white are her jam. So my point is, just like with fit, you’ll have an easier time picking out clothes each morning if they’re the colors and styles you like, too.
I expanded on a couple of these topics + lots more in our 10 fashion resolutions for a conscious closet post. It’s never too late to dig in!
What do you struggle with most when it comes to shopping, style, or your closet?