Building and maintaining a cohesive wardrobe is an ongoing process. Yet there are times that call for a revamp, and the past few months have been one of those times for me. I dropped a bit of weight over the winter and spring (thanks, Weight Watchers!) that resulted in going down a size (two, in some cases) which presented a great opportunity to really give my closet a good going-over. I’ve also become more confident in my style choices, and was ready to replace or even upgrade some of the clothes that are working best for me right now.
I’d love to say that I went about this in an organized, orderly fashion the way the style books prescribe–clearing out first, making a list of what’s needed and then shopping only for those items–but it’s been a bit more haphazard that that. Some things came in before others went out; there was no Reality-TV-style “reveal” of the new closet/wardrobe, and I’m still figuring out how to best organize my clothes. For years I’ve grouped similar items together (tops, pants, jackets, etc.) and then again by color, but have been tempted to try grouping together pieces that can be mixed and matched into outfits. I’d be curious to know how you organize your clothing, and what works or doesn’t for you.
Said “au revoir” to*:
- Everything that was now too big and wasn’t worth altering
- Anything too worn out to be worth altering
- All of those items in colors that I “should” wear but never do
- Orphans, and items that I have no place to wear, at least more than once every 5 years
- Crew-neck cardigans. I’ve finally accepted that I don’t like how they look on me.
- Cotton button front blouses. See above. (Softer, silky ones are a better option.)
- Wide-legged trousers (the last two holdouts)
- Crew neck tees
- Some knit jackets, tops and sweaters that were a bit snug before and now fit well, or still look OK though looser
- Most of my shoes
- Most of my scarves (gave away a few in colors that don’t work, or that were too bulky or scratchy)
- Some of my Eileen Fisher silk jersey tanks and tees
Replaced/Added/Upgraded (since Spring):
- Slim cut or skinny jeans or knit pants
- Lightweight, longer cardigans (2)
- 2 silk button front blouses (these also work as a lightweight jacket alternative during warm seasons)
- Knit tunics/sweaters – 2 linen, 3 lightweight wool blends
- Lightweight combo utility jacket/rain jacket (purchased in London)
- Waxed twill moto jacket
- Gap classic denim jacket (one of the few retailers who offers this style in Petites)
- V-neck and scoop neck tees
- Footwear (taking advantage of current ankle boot and pointed toe trends, both of which are my preferred shoe styles)
Almost everything I’ve added or replaced, except for a couple pairs of colored jeans, are black, grey, white/ivory or navy. And it’s a huge relief. Though I am trying to replace black with grey when feasible, I’m releasing myself from the pressure to wear more color other than scarves, and the occasional red shoe.
I think there’s still a bit of culling to do, and perhaps some re-arranging. Tell me, how do you organize your closet, and what are your strategies for keeping your wardrobe pared down to a manageable size?
*A note: Eileen Fisher now accepts their clothing back for resale or recycling, depending on condition. They give a $5 credit toward new purchases for each item donated.
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