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The Wardrobe Project

March 9, 2017
wardrobe project

The state of my wardrobe usually is a fair reflection of life in general. When it’s a mess and disorganised, you can pretty much bet that the rest of my life is a step or two away from being a streamlined, stress-fee situation. One thing that’s been creeping up on me lately is the desire to strip things back to basics. From my beauty stash, to house clutter and especially my wardrobe.

wardrobe project

I’m so sick of having a wardrobe with way too many clothes that I barely wear. Ones I wear day in and day out that are basically the same thing (hello jeans and grey top…) then gaps in my wardrobe for those classic pieces that work year after year.

I feel like I’ve finally hit a phase in life where I am truly more interested in quality over quantity and as a result want to take my wardrobe back to a bit of simplicity – clearing out the cheaper ‘quick fix’ purchases. That might be ace for a wear or two, but then inevitably go out of shape or shrink or just aren’t as soft as they seemed in the shop. This doesn’t mean I’m going to go full on luxe – that’s not my style at all. But I want to have a few select quality items, in classic styles that will last many years to help create that sort of ‘foundation’ wardrobe, that the more fun bits can be added on top.

wardrobe project

wardrobe project

But what’s the ultimate goal? I’m not sure I have it in me to go full on capsule wardrobe… I’m definitely more of a hoarder than a minimalist. BUT I want to make it more cohesive. More that I want to feel confident that I can pick out almost any combination of items and it will work without looking like a crazy person dressed me.

Of course one of my favourite tools for working out what my style goals are is Pinterest. It’s funny how you can really narrow down what your ideal style is by spending some time pinning. So step one in my project wardrobe project is plan my style out. What would my dream wardrobe look like? Well, a little something like the below:

 

BUT with the catch (and this is where it gets tricky) that whilst one side of my style is all stripes/grey/denim. I also have another side, that LOVES to embrace colour. Is immediately drawn to anything rainbow coloured (hello to the new Summer shirt I spotted at the Boden press day below – you WILL be mine this Spring/Summer). But there’s this side to my personal style too. Plus there’s also the side of me that has a tendency to dress like a teenager too. I’m not talking skimpy dresses and crop tops (hell no) but I mean joggers/hoodies/Nike airs. Mainly my ‘slouchy’ wardrobe. So part of my challenge is marrying up these three sides to my style in a way that works. I recently bought the latest Instagramable book doing the rounds and plan to have a good read of it this weekend – The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees – as I feel like this will help me focus on what I’m doing with my wardrobe plans and really make sure I end up with just clothes I love and feel good in.

This post is a little introduction to what I’m calling The Wardrobe Project. The plan is as follows – spend more time curating a board that I feel reflects my ideal personal style. Then it’s going to be time for a massive clear out. I want to do this when I’m in a ruthless mood – it doesn’t work to go in half and half. I know when I’m in these moods so need to ‘strike whilst the iron is hot’ as such, so I can’t be 100% sure when I’ll do this as it has to be a combination of right mood and enough time… but that’s step two. Clear out and anything that doesn’t make the grade goes to charity.

Then it’s time to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe. I may have already started to speed ahead to this stage mentally as I have a list of a few items I want to purchase. Some fairly reasonable (i.e. not *close your eyes and hit purchase and hope your card goes through*) and a couple others are more pricey but special items that I have wanted to ‘invest’ in for a while and keep putting off for various reason. I’ll talk about these more in the next update. But for now – welcome to my attempt at curating my very own closet.

If you’re on a mission to do the same let me know – and if there’s anything you want me to specifically blog about/look at in this process just leave a comment below!

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6 Comments

  • Reply lisi ledbetter March 9, 2017 at 8:54 am

    haha, just know the feeling all too well, waiting for the ‘ruthless’ mood! you just can’t force it. small steps are the way forward!

  • Reply Rachel March 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Nice post and lovely photos! I’m trying to edit mine down too xx

  • Reply Emma March 9, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Yep I’m in that exact place too – I’m doing a capsule wardrobe but not being too strict with exact number of pieces just making sure my entire wardrobe is cohesive and that everything is well worn and loved. I wrote about it today on my blog http://www.magpiemama.com/2017/03/the-spring-capsule-wardrobe-update.html

  • Reply Tanzina March 9, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I am definitely in the same mental space as you! I’m ready to invest in good quality (this doesn’t mean all designer) – and clear out my wardrobe. Makes it hard as I’ve just got married and have sooo much space in my old bedroom at my parents, so basically have two wardrobes. Going to be hard clearing them both :(

    .Tanzina | Makeup A to Z | http://makeupatoz.com/

  • Reply LindaLibraLoca March 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Ha, I just added that book to my Amazon shopping cart yesterday. Did not hit buy just yet, but I feel like I am at a similar stage in my life regarding my wardrobe, probably because I started a new job recently.
    Lets see if I can see it through, following your journey will hopefully keep me on track.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Reply Diana March 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I’m not a big shopper (thankfully not!0 however I would say that my wardrobe is utilitarian… in the sense that I use what I have.. but it’s more than a minimalist would have. When I buy clothes, I try to do ”one in, one out” method which is great to make sure that you don’t end up with too much stuff!

    http://thedianaedition.com

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