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This spring, my family made a temporary move from our home in Brooklyn to LA. We had two suitcases to contain everything our family of 3 would need for six weeks away. Yikes!
I’m used to staring at a pretty broad collection of clothes when getting dressed, but with those space restrictions, my LA wardrobe had to be very well edited. In the early days of the trip, the travel collection admittedly felt a bit too well edited, but then something unexpected and magical happened: it got really, really easy.
Back home in NYC I found myself overwhelmed by all the
clutter choices in my closet. Around the same time my husband forwarded me an article advocating clearing your home of anything that doesn’t spark joy. #Kismet.
Over the course of several days I processed my entire wardrobe, letting go of anything that didn’t spark joy as soon as I picked it up or when I tried it on. A remarkable amount of my closet didn’t make the cut. In the end I gifted, donated, or swapped about half of my clothes.
As gratifying as it was, I was left feeling a bit understocked, and in kind of a pinch for coordinated outfits. I mean, I love extreme pattern mixing, but the remaining options were a little over the top even for me.
I set out to mindfully expand my wardrobe back to a comfortable size. It’s a work in progress, with these three principles to keep me on track:
1. Forget about the money. Look for love.
Don’t let a low price tag (or a high value label) sway your opinion in favor of something that may otherwise be kind of mediocre. This time around, I’m looking for things I LOVE. That’s right, the requirement is ALL CAPS LOVE. If I find myself starring in the mirror trying to love it, or deciding if I should get it, then the answer is clearly no.
2. If it’s not comfortable, it’s probably a no-go.
Waist band a little too tight? #pass. Seams in the armpit cut a little too close? #pass. Deep v-neck feels a little too sexy? #pass. If you’re thinking this the first time you try it on, you will think it every time you see it in your closet.
Sure, there could be some exceptions to this rule, like that dress that makes you feel like a million bucks, if you just don’t eat while you’re wearing it. But how much fun are you really going to have if you’re starving? I say hold a higher standard. Superstar glamour + easy wearability = perfection.
3. Building a quality wardrobe takes time.
When you eliminate fast fashion, impulse buys, and all those pieces that aren’t quite right, your purchases will be fewer and farther between. Concentrate on finding basics that you LOVE to start, and then slowly build a collection of statement pieces to mix in.
Keep a note in your phone for items you’d like to own, or pieces you already own that need a complement. Use this list to keep you on track when shopping.
#quantity is so last year.
By sticking with these principals my wardrobe is steadily filling with pieces I love. Choosing what to wear has never been easier, my sense of style feels like it’s awoken from a pregnancy/infant/toddler induced hibernation, and my sense of self, and self-confidence has been given a huge boost.
Who knew a good closet clean out could deliver those results?