Guys. I’m going to do it. This season, I am finally going to tackle my wardrobe and limit myself to how much crap I buy. I don’t know that I’ll accomplish becoming a minimalist, but I am certainly going to make an effort. (She says after her three new tops arrived in the post yesterday…)
- I’m not a fashion blogger; I’m a mess. I have too much shit. I think it’s because my style fluctuates so much — between seasons, between moods. I have too many random pieces that I buy because “It’s so pretty!” or “If I also buy items x, y, and z I can wear this!”
- This is an experiment. It might not go well. Jump aboard for the ride and see what happens.
Now that I work a Regular Office Job, my style has started become a bit more consistent (thank god). So, I’m going to commit. I’m going to make hard decisions. Here are the steps I’ve come up with toward actually wearing what I like and not spending all of my money:
- Separate spring/summer items and put them into storage. Get rid of things you know you won’t wear next year, but don’t worry about making that decision for every item. Just pack it away. We’ll do this again for the warmer months.
- Get rid of all of the autumn/winter items that are left that you won’t wear. Split things up between BIN, DONATE, and PONDER. “Ponder” is for anything you’re not sure about, the stuff that you’ve worn a couple of times and may/may not wear again.
- Make a digital list of every item you’re keeping. Use sections like TOPS, JACKETS, DRESSES, etc. Have a separate section for PONDERING, and list all of those items you’re keeping and unsure of. Have another for WISHLIST, and list things that you’d like to add to your wardrobe (i.e. “black tights” or “fancy New Year’s Eve dress”).
- Come up with outfit combinations, write them down in a separate document. Take photos of yourself in them, or just take flat lay photos of them for inspiration. This will help you remember those outfit ideas later, when you’re bored with your wardrobe and want to drop $150 on a Madewell sale.
- As you wear your “new” wardrobe, keep notes of what you like and what you don’t. Move “pondering” items to their appropriate sections (i.e. TOPS or PANTS) if/when you wear them; get rid of them if you decide you’re done with them. Try to take photos regularly, even if they’re crappy and no one looks at them but you.
I’m posting this and getting started. As you read this, I am going through my stuff. IT’S HAPPENING. I’m excited. And scared. Spending money is particularly hard to avoid in autumn/winter because I love A/W fashion. All of the layerable items! The boots!
But I’m focusing my wardrobe on things that fit well, things I actually wear, and versatility. So far, I have narrowed the items I am keeping to: 1 pair of black jeans, 1 pair of black trousers, 1 pair of lightwash jeans, 6 Portofino shirts (my favorites!), and 4 cardigans. I still have loads to go through, though, so I’ll deliver the final count once I wade through it all.
(I sent the list portion of this post to Jonny, and his response was, “My lord. That’s very organized.” Even reading his words over Messenger, I could hear the tones: surprised, uncertain. I’ll admit I faltered a little. Am I being overly organized, anal? I pulled up my metaphorical big girl pants, tied my hair out of my face, and decided Nah. I’m gonna do it.)
I can do this. Stay tuned.
P.S. Send me tips on minimal wardrobes and minimizing your life! I feel cluttered everywhere, so my wardrobe is just the start. Have you done a wardrobe haul-out? How do you keep from buying one-off pieces that catch your eye?