Hi All,

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:

And before:

 

Now                                                          Before

 

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.

Pants- I have three pair of jeans; one is a dark wash, non-stretch, straight leg; the other is super low rise, stretch, ripped knee black jeans; last is super old mens levi’s ripped and worn jeans (they were my dads).
Then I have the Alexandria Peg Trousers, and the Hudson Pants – that are a little more difficult to pair because they both have colour and texture/volume.

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.

Dresses- The left two are a little more dress-up for me- mustard and short halter which is super fun and I feel very chic in, and the black which has a cowl neck is nice for going out. The other two are more sweater-style day dresses that you would wear with leggings and boots.

 

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)

 

These are all t-shirts- the ones on the left are heavier sweater-like knit ones, and on the right they are lighter ones. They all have different fits and looks, but it would be way too much to get into it. I think they will all work for the most part- but I’ll see what they actually go with.

 

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)

 

Then there are some casual t-shirts, some blue stripes and solids on the one side, then black scoop neck and back, grey logo shirt and my eyes white shirt.
Other than that my closet is just work-out clothes and a couple painting clothes.
I feel so confused about whether or not this is a lot of clothes. The majority of my friends and family still have closets that are much larger than this- so that’s somewhat comforting? To me it still feels like too much, but I feel so confused about where to go from here. How to narrow it to my style without picking the wrong things or just completely starting over.
Reading over this post and looking through my things, I feel very conflicted- I don’t think I’m doing the best job at this capsule wardrobe thing.
There are definitely certain things that I think will end up leaving my wardrobe by the end of the season- some things that I think aren’t completely comfortable, that just won’t work with enough other things, that are not the right colours, that aren’t nice enough quality fabrics, or that just don’t feel right. But I feel like I need to give myself a little more time to really get into my style and make sure it’s right for me. And I think for me it will help to have some of the clothes in my closet- so they are an option, so if I don’t pick them, or if I do and I don’t end up liking them- then I can confidently give them away.
I think this is one of those areas where I have to accept that I really suck at it right now- and it will be difficult right now at the start- but eventually I will find my way.
But apart from what I already have and am debating over:
There are a few things that I feel are really missing from my wardrobe. And those things are:
1. A nice pair of comfortable, stretch, mid-rise skinny jeans (because I am a comfort fiend who will only wear stretch jeans for a whole day)
2. White & Black t-shirts and tank tops- if you scroll back through my wardrobe you will see- I actually have no tank tops or simple t-shirts- this is crazy.
3. A skirt- I would like one that is a soft stretch knit, that is the shape of a pencil skirt, high waisted and mid- thigh that I can wear with tights and boots
4. A nice classic wrap dress maybe out of a knit, with that classic fit and flare shape.
5. A nice and loose dress like my navy printed tank dress, but in a more fall/neutral colour
Those are the things I would love to wear more- and my next goal will be to hunt down the right fabrics and the patterns for it.
hmm, I have to say that even after all this hard weekend, I’m still stewing. I’m going to sleep on this for a couple nights and decide if I’ve really done this first sorting thing enough justice, or if I need to get back in there and be a little more ruthless. *sigh*
Do you have this hard of a time going through your clothes?
Have you ever done a huge wardrobe haul?
What are the biggest blocks that you have with your wardrobe?
Let me know your thoughts! I appreciate all of your comments and help!!
xo
erin