Curating My Closet: A Journey

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my goals this year is to hone in on my personal style to develop a more authentic wardrobe. Since another one of my goals is to be more sustainably-minded, I wanted to approach my style overhaul in a thoughtful, purposeful way as opposed to just buying a bunch of new clothes like I would have done in the past.

 


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So, I decided this time to use a guide to help me through the process. After hearing about The Curated Closet from multiple sources, it felt like a good resource for me. I only ordered the workbook, but if you want to hear more about the author’s experience, you can always check out the original as well.

 


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My initial reaction to the workbook is that it looks like a LOT more work than I was anticipating. At first I was a bit disappointed in this because I’m ready for my new wardrobe to be here NOW, but I think the extra steps will be well worth the effort and necessary for me to get the results I want. And while I’m on this journey, why not share my progress here to keep myself accountable?

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The initial prep work is to document your outfits every day for two weeks, as well as what you’re doing that day, to gain a better understanding of what your true wardrobe needs are based on your lifestyle. She suggests documenting your looks during a “regular” two-week period to get an accurate assessment. I didn’t do this. When I started I was sick with a chest cold and mostly lounging at home. Although my daily activity during this sick time was different than that of a “regular day”, I realized my outfits weren’t and this honestly kind of devastated me. I learned right away that I want more out of my at-home wardrobe than yoga pants with holes in them and graphic tees. I’m really glad I was able to pinpoint this blind spot in my wardrobe.

What I learned:

Favorite outfit: Flannel button-down top layered under my grey cardigan, destructed denim, ankle booties and watch to accessorize.


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Least Favorite: Anything with yoga pants / leggings

How easy was it to choose an outfit in the morning? Honestly, pretty difficult because not much in my wardrobe fits me well right now. I found myself fishing the same few pieces that actually do fit me out of the hamper multiple times.

What percentage of my closet did I wear? I honestly have no idea. Another problem I have is that my closet is currently unorganized and has also been used as a storage space since we moved in almost a year ago, creating clutter and making it difficult to actually find my clothes. From what I could keep track of, I wore less than 20% of my closet. INSANE!

Describe current style in 3 adjectives: Easy. Classic. Close (but not quite).

5 most-worn colors:

  1. Denim (it counts, ok?)

  2. Grey

  3. Black

  4. Green

  5. Pumpkin / Red (tie)

How my wardrobe made me feel: When my outfit was ON I felt equally empowered and expressive. But for the most part…just ok. I’d like to get my wardrobe to a place where I adore every piece in my closet and feel as though it has earned it’s place in my home and on my body.


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I’m really looking forward to documenting the next step on this journey. Have you tried curating your closet? What were some of your takeaways? I’d love to know!

-XO-

C

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