It has been over a year since I wrote the last installment of this five part series. For those of you who are new to this blog, here are the links to each post in the series:
[The Closet Chronicles] Step One: Systematic Purge-ology
[The Closet Chronicles] Step Two: Organization
[The Closet Chronicles] Step Three: Filling in the Holes
[The Closet Chronicles] Step Four: Let’s Shop! WOOHOO!
In the past year, I have gone through these four steps ad nauseam, watching my closet go from this…
You may have noticed a distinct decrease in the area of accessories (jewelry, scarves, purses, belts, hats, etc.) and other additional elements to the wardrobe, which I once championed as pivotal to the creation of unique looks from a modicum of clothing pieces. But at the moment, these items are not practical in my day-to-day wardrobe, thanks to tiny hands that love to pull at shiny things around my neck/wrists and drool over scarves that are to be hand washed only. As a mom, I just don’t have the time or patience to deal with it. Perhaps someday I will be able to pull these additions out of the little hideaway places around my room. But for now, I just don’t use them.
My closet currently consists of the following items, each of which I actually wear and have gotten great use out of:
- 6 t-shirts
- 6 blouses/tops
- 4 dresses
- 4 pairs of jeans
- 3 sweatshirts (2 zip-up hoodies, 1 pullover)
- 4 cardigans
- 2 jackets (denim & utility)
- 1 vest (utility)
(I am not including the shoes in “what’s in my closet,” but recently,
I have been rotating between just 4 of the pairs in the photo.)
Altogether, that’s 30 articles of clothing. And with those 30 pieces, I have been able to create outfit after out of them for the past several months. I would never have thought I could pull of a 30 piece wardrobe for so long. But truly, that is the secret to a functional wardrobe…limiting it to the higher quality items that are classic/timeless and can be matched with as many of your other items as possible…and items you are IN LOVE with and will actually wear. Once you have that wardrobe, it makes getting dressed in the mornings SO MUCH EASIER and SO MUCH MORE FUN!!
THAT is the ultimate goal in this five step process.
Now, my wardrobe will probably change over time…season to season, even. In fact, over the next couple of weeks, I’m looking forward to replacing some of my bulkier Winter items with lighter, Spring and Summer friendly ones (and color…I need to reinstate more color in my life!!). But that is to be expected, as one’s clothing needs will change with the weather, one’s body size/shape, different stages of life, and, of course, what the fashion industry deems is the next big thing in style. So wash, rinse, and repeat…or purge, organize, build, remix, and repeat…over and over and over again…
…like I have this past year…
…and will do again in the next year…
In the coming months, I will be sharing with you how I mix-and-match these 30 items in my closet into what I end up wearing day-to-day. Now, I DO tend to gravitate towards repeating combinations I like most (which will probably be the ones I start with), but I will try my best to share something different every 3rd Monday post. Of course, I will keep you updated on “The Closet Chronicles” as my wardrobe evolves with each season.
The End To Be Continued…