Many people have done a wardrobe up haul (like a pair & a spare), but none of them seemed to fit with me. (Although each one will have some similarities - mainly throw out the bad stuff, and quality over quantity.) I'm too finicky to have my style figured out, too moody to select just a few ways to dress. The way I decided to finally put an end to my panicked closet was to do a giant toss-out of all my unused clothes, no matter how much I tried to convince myself otherwise. I needed to fix my wardrobe to feel better, happier, in my clothes, so I did just that!
I don't want to call them rules... guidelines? Change as needed.
Guidelines:1. Throw out everything you don't wear. Seriously, everything.
- I ended up with a giant black garbage bag, unable to tie up, it was so full. Threw out 3 purses, 5 scarves, 2 pairs of jeans, countless shirts/tank tops, etc etc.
- If you're not happy with it on, throw it out. Even if it's one of your "go-to" outfits. I mean, I kept a misshapen tank top for forever, simply because I liked the idea of it, even though it made me look chunky and showed my bra wayyy too much to ever wear without a sweater. It was unflattering and inconvenient, and I wore it ALL THE TIME. Best way to stop, and consistently wear cute outfits? Throw out the crap.
2. Reorganize your closet/drawers.
3. Keep trends in mind, but lasting trends.
- For the more "right now" trends, do with cheap costume accessories and DIY's. (i.e., neon... really, am I going to wear a bright neon top in a year? No, it was cute for a season and in a bit it'll be unbelievably tacky again.)
- For trends that will continue to be either in style or unable to go "bad", buy actual clothes. (i.e., burgundy. Totally trendy this fall, but honestly, when has burgundy ever been seen as an ugly thing to wear?)
4. Buy quality basics.
- From experience. I'd rather buy a $40 dollar white tee from Gap than a $10 white tee from Forever21. The shape from the Gap shirt will keep, and for the most part they won't be as sheer, so you don't need to layer a million things to just wear a white tee.
5. Buy flattering clothes.
- As cute as that skirt might be, if it makes your hips look huge, you won't be happy while wearing it. We can't all wear every style and trend, accept it and move on. (I'm a tough-love kind of girl.)
- It'll be so hard to not fall into the trap of buying lots of crap again! Try your best, and don't give up.
- Try not to buy online unless you really, really found a one of a kind piece or something. It's hard to tell quality, fit, etc. when the garment isn't in front of you. Plus, let's be honest... how many of you actually end up paying to return an item you disliked? I never do.
I've learned a lot about my style from doing this, actually. I love neutrals, blacks, peaches, tans, greys, etc etc. The one color I always do buy is red. Not bright red, mind you, but crimson, burgundy, purpley-reds, things like that. The only other color I have is one single blue top, haha.
I've also learned that the easiest way for me to edge up an outfit is to accessorize well. If I over do it on the clothes, and then add accessories, it doesn't look right.
Next post will be my finally organized closet and drawers! Eeek :)