Last year, I set a goal for myself to increase simplicity in my wardrobe and style. I wanted to own less clothing, and invest in better quality clothing, and start the journey to curating a wardrobe that was perfectly me. Editing your closet is so incredibly frustrating and so very rewarding all at once. I spent most of 2012 purging my closet and investing in good basics and this past year has been more about finding my personal style amongst all of the simplicity. At this point, my wardrobe feels more "me" than it ever has, and that is such a satisfying feeling! I ended up investing in most of the pieces that I had hoped to, with the exception of a few things that I ended up realizing that I don't actually like/want.
I wanted to take the time to write a little about curating the perfect personal wardrobe- while we are all setting new goals and making new plans for the new year, I figured this would be a great time to share a few tips with you all and things I have learnt over the last two years.
The first and possibly most important step is to cull. Go through your entire closet put everything on and look at yourself in the mirror. Ask yourself if the piece you are wearing is flattering? Is it "you"? Do you love it- (love, not like)? If you feel the slightest bit unsettled with it- let it go. Be really strict with yourself on this. It truly makes all the difference.
Next, define your style. Looking at the pieces left in your closet will give you insight into what you love and gravitate towards. What colors and silhouettes are they? See any patterns in your favorite pieces you own? For me it was helpful to study my pintrest and favorite blogs to help me pin down my ideal aesthetic and style.
Make yourself a plan of action. What are your wardrobe essentials and what pieces do you need to invest in? (here was my list from last year)
Organize your closet so everything is easy to find and dressing in the morning is creative and enjoyable.
Figure out your personal color palette, and stick to neutral colors for essential items. Black, navy, gray, white, cream, camel- and if you're like me a few hits of deep rust never hurt.
Finally, focus your shopping. Stick to your list of essentials (with the exception of a few amazing "had to have pieces"), focus on quality over quantity, and stay away from sales and stores where you will be tempted to buy things that you'll regret, don't match your aesthetic and will be worn out in no time.
I hope that inspires you all to start this rewarding journey- and keep me posted on your progress!
Read more about my journey here.