As time creeps by I realize many of us look into our closets and truly only wear three outfits all the time, the rest are pieces you thought you needed but go to nothing, those weird work appropriate shirts that you needed two jobs ago and just other things that get lost on the hanger. But you realize that this weird hodgepodge of items doesn’t suit the inner you that nothing represents you.
Have no fear!
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”-Rachel Zoe
Before you get started head to Pinterest and start looking at style icons for inspiration if you have no idea where to start. Are you a Blair Waldorf? A vintage Barbie? A secret ballerina? A Miranda? Pin a few photos you like and look what do they have in common?
For Blair its a good jacket, ballet flats, tights, and coordinating separates with a easy chic hair style.
A Ballerina might be tutus, tights, flats, wrap sweaters and a leather jacket added in for fun.
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different. – Coco Chanel
If you already know what your heart wants use Pinterest as a shopping board, pin those fun pumps with the pom poms on the toes, the leather jacket and disco pants. This will help you see if it all works together without even getting them home.
If everyone around you has bad style, it’s no reason for you to have it too. Rise above and find your tribe.
Now to the “stressful” part. Head into that closet. Take everything out and lay it on your bed. Don’t think about if it was a gift or if you haven’t worn it or if it was “expensive.” Sort into three piles:
Pile One: Items that are torn, tired, stained, ripped, beading, pilling. Toss these! No in and or butts!
Pile Two: Havent worn in the last six months, you don’t really like, the shape is wrong on your body type, pieces that no longer fit into the look and style you want yourself to reflect. Sell any of the good stuff and donate the rest for a tax right off. Don’t think twice, just pass go and keep going!
Pile Three: This pile should be the items you wear a lot, that you like, that you feel confident in and that are the core pieces of your style.
Dress for the person you want to become.
Hang pile three up and organize it by type and then color so you can really see what you’ve got. Now compare your Pinterest board to your closet, are they close? Do you need more tutu skirts? Skinny jeans? Nude pumps? Oxfords? Make a list and note what color you think you should get. This way you don’t come home with a yellow skirt when your closet is full of purple.
Your closet is a laboratory in which you may invent astonishingly powerful voodoo. It may be used as tool to direct yourself towards your ideal destiny. It’s portable fengshui, right on your body.-Cintra Wilson
Pop a glass of champagne, brew a cup of coffee and let yourself window shop online and add it to your board, this way you know that maybe Urban Outfitters has that perfect jumper you need or that Kate Spade has a jacket or Nordstorms for the perfect pair of Cole Haan flats. Allow yourself to make a detailed grocery list, this way you can shop with a plan, add as you can and keep the craziness to a minimum.
If your closet had become very bare bones in your clean out, look online for pieces so you can make a capsule of a skirt, pants, three tops, a jacket, a dress and a layering option. This way you can rebuild a little without breaking the bank and this allows you to also get a good style foundation laid for your future self.