We all cycle through trends and changing tastes which make curating a balanced wardrobe one of those never ending fashion battles. I’d love to have the least amount of clothes with maximum style to reflect my personality and my aesthetic.
That being said, I truly desire a closet filled with clothes that are functional, versatile, and long-lasting. In the past, I haven’t been very forthcoming about how I exactly propose to do so. Occasionally, I do a closet post (one, two, three, and four) and here’s another one. But now is the time to reveal my master plan to achieve this long-term goal.
- Purge and organize the current closet every 3-6 months. Have donate, tailor, and keep piles. Develop a system to determine what clothes haven’t been worn since the last purge and either make a point to wear it or put it in the donate pile.
- Create a list of items that are the “holes” in the closet. These are the items you constantly remind yourself to buy. It can be basics, but it’s not a requirement.
- Write down items that you want over the course of your life, realistically. These tend to be trendy/more expensive statement pieces like a leather jacket or a Chanel handbag.
Using this list, shop with purpose and within budget. If it’s not on your list, you don’t need it. Thus, it greatly reduces the amount of clothes you feel like you “need” to purchase. I’ve been taking closet cues from Dead Fleurette, Assembled Hazardly, and Out of the Bag. They are proof that we don’t need a lot of clothes to be stylish.
- Slouchy white tee (James Perse)
- Slim ankle pants
- Small colored handbag (Marc Jacobs)
- Black pointy pumps (Ivanka Trump)
- Summer printed scarf / Silk scarf
- Bib necklace
- Khaki/Olive Green casual jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Casual day dress
- Nude flats
- Aviator sunglasses
- Something with fringe (a bag?)
- Everyday boots (not biker boots)
- Graphic sweater
- Chunky sandals
- Something sequins
- Leather item
- Suede draped jacket (cropped?)
- Tweed item (not boxy)
- Patterned/Textured/Wool shorts
Looking over my list, I realize how “little” I want because I’m not tied to designer items nor a specific style. My closet works pretty well already, so I don’t need a lot. I’m pushing for more textured, sculpted, and architectural clothing to give my outfits more depth and dimension.
I’m sure there will be changes and additions to this list but I hope this would help to prevent me from buying something just because it’s cheap, trendy, or on sale.