Back in February, I broke up with my clothes. Despite the love, energy, and money I threw at the relationship, it just wasn’t working out. My clothes weren’t treating me right. I had so. many. clothes. And yet, when I opened the closet, there was never anything I wanted to wear. I would change clothes a zillion times, trying to make such-and-such cute top or new shoes work, until giving up in disgust and throwing on a pair of leggings and a comfy old shirt. And then I would go buy some new cute top or shoes (or scarf, or necklace, or skirt, or jeans, or…) to try to solve the problem and make me feel better.
But it didn’t work. I was wasting all my money, my closet was a mess, and I was fed up.
Then, surfing the internet one day, I stumbled onto a solution. Some blog ran a feature on what to pack for a vacation featuring mix and match tops and bottoms, with a few pairs of versatile shoes. A lightbulb went off. Further research quickly showed me that I wasn’t alone in my disgust for my bloated, money-pit of a closet. The movement towards small, simple, yet stylish wardrobes was thriving. See Project 333 for a prime example.
Inspired, I set to work weeding through my clothes. I kept only the things that fit the following criteria: 1) I really liked it, 2) it was well made, 3) it fit well. I was left with shockingly few items. From there I began to rebuild. I created a pinboard where I pinned pictures of the items I planned to keep (or the closest facimile I could find online), some mix-and-match basics, and some very carefully selected new items I would need to purchase to fill in the gaps to make my wardrobe as versatile as possible. The discarded clothes I first let my friends pick through, and then I donated all the rest to goodwill.
Today, I’m left with a wardrobe that’s a true joy. Even if there’s only one top and one bottom left in my closet, I’ve got an outfit that I like, is nicely made, and fits me well. I haven’t missed a single thing that I got rid of, and I’m even seeing ways that I can pare down even more. I put together images that show the items I have in my wardrobe (or as close as I could find a good image of anyways), but obviously this is just one way to do it.
This is a part I post. Check back for more posts showing how these items can be combined into outfits, and check back in the fall for the Fall 2013 official wardrobe post.