[Style Search] Week 2: The Closet Overhaul
This post is really late. I was planning to go through my wardrobe this week and it would be fairly simple- look through my things, pick out the things that are summer, the things that don’t fit me anymore and the things that don’t fit my categories- shouldn’t take too long right?….
Well I can tell you that I’ve spent the better part of my weekend in my room pacing from my closet to my bed, with a disproportionate amount of time spent laying on my bedroom floor, staring at my ceiling, wondering just what I’ve gotten myself into.
So after a weekend of work this is what my closet looks like now:
To be honest I’m not completely happy with what I did. I feel like I got really bogged down in it, and had a hard time sticking to my rules. I think my general feeling is that I still have too many clothes, and there are still too many that I don’t really love, and that I’m not sure if they really fit in my wardrobe perfectly. I think my main problems were:
1. I feel really confused about how to put good outfits together- so when I was trying to decide what would and wouldn’t work I got very lost
2. I was worried that I would get rid of the wrong thing- and not have a chance to see how it worked in my wardrobe, especially once I get more basics to pair everything with.
3. Some things I feel are almost duplicates of other things, but they are also fairly cheap clothes with poor quality fabrics- and I feel like I don’t want to get rid of duplicates, I would rather just wait until they both wear out, and then replace them with something higher quality and me-made.
Generally I fell like I still left too much in for it to be a real and easy capsule wardrobe. But there are a lot of things that I’m going to weed out after the end of the season. This will be a process that is ongoing for a while.
That’s not to say that I didn’t clear out a whole bunch of stuff (those drawers are almost empty and the shelves in the side of my closet don’t have any clothes anymore!).
This is what didn’t make the cut:
These were all the clothes that don’t fit me- I’m not a size 2 or a size 14 anymore- so these have got to go- there’s not point in holding on to them. (For reference I range somewhere between a size 6-10 in most stores)
These are the sad old clothes that are all worn out.
Then these were the clothes that are the right size- but don’t fit very well (I’m looking at you black & grey pants!) Or are too preppy for my style (I’m looking at you pink pants and green printed pants). Also colours that I think are a little washed out for me, or styles that I found too fussy, or difficult to wear- or those flats- they’re not comfortable at all!
So now is the time that you can all be massive creepers- and see what’s in my wardrobe. This might be super boring or super overshare- but some of you may enjoy this if you’re anything like me lol.
Two skirts- both start at the waist, one is black and A-line with black lace, an the other is elasticated waist and poofy – one is formal and one is less formal.
These are sleeveless tops/blouses in fairly neutral colours. Two of them should go with a lot – the other two are a little more busy but they’re all good if I wear mid-rise jeans- because that’s how long they are on me.
These are my more ‘fancy tops’ One is super short- so I need to get something higher waisted to wear with it- like I’m hoping to introduce more of in my wardrobe- the other two are more of a regular length- all black 🙂
These three are my pops of colour (and sequin!) Emerald, Coral, Mustard. The Emerald one is new and I hope it will fill some of the gaps in my wardrobe where I need some colour, the mustard is from my sister and is more boxy, and the coral is one that I wear to death right now.
These are my long-sleeved button ups. The top two are: left- a professional and longer white/blue pin stripe, right – an oversized soft denim shirt to layer.
Next is a more slinky emerald button up, beside a denim with printed white circles button up that is casual, and a fairly sheer button up that I wore loads last fall.
Then jackets. The two on the left are formal- sort of a navy nautical double breasted blazer, and a pink wool jacket, which is chic but doesn’t quite pass the comfort test (it’s a little tight in the shoulders- but I want to try it out once more before I exile it.
Then on the other side I have a longer light beige super warm jacket, then a leather look light olive jacket (which fairly neutral if not in my colours). A denim jacket that is on trial in my wardrobe, and one of my fav casual jackets that is scarlet.
Then I have some sweaters- A grey zip-up hoodie, a deep fuchsia pull over hoodie, a navy button up knit hoodie, and an oversized grey fair isle sweater (that is pilling something fierce but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it)
Then these are my cardigans- an oversized brown knit sleeveless thing, an oversized long sleeved brown and a tight fitting black cardigan for more evening outfits.
These are lighter sweaters- medium heavy on the top- that are chunky grays, browns and a black lace one. And on the bottom lighter more summer weight sweaters (with my bethioua).
Then some long-sleeve t-shirts, which are fairly neutral, and most of them are a little oversized on me now, so they aren’t always the best for layers (and then there’s the nettie in with that – which is a bit tricky because of the super low back- but I haven’t given up on it)