Your closet, or wardrobe, can be a wondrous thing. A beautiful row of well-chosen clothes all waiting to be worn, an array of stunning colour combinations leaping out at you. For most people, though, this is not the experience.
Before I started trying to de-clutter, my closet was mainly a place to hide things, including my own clothes. It was easier, in my mind, to shove all my mis-matched and badly planned purchases in there and forget about them. Ditto old books, ski gear, and other paraphernalia. Getting dressed in the morning was more like trying to solve a sudoku puzzle than something nice. Sound like you?
Fortunately in the past year I’ve made a drastic change to how I do things, and my closet is where it all started. I got the idea to simplify my closet after coming across /r/femalefashionadvice and it spiralled from there. Simplifying your wardrobe is satisfying because you can see instant results from your hard work, and make yourself feel a little more put-together in the process. It might seem like a small, even trivial aspect of your day, but actually knowing there’s a great outfit in there, just waiting for you, is lovely.
If you’re interested in simplifying your closet too, here are some excellent tools to get you started.
For beginners: A colour palette
It does sound boring to some people – who wants to be restricted to one set of colours? But, actually, if you’re prone to being overwhelmed by choice or are a total newbie when it comes to clothes, this tool is for you.
The idea is that you choose a selection of colours that complement each other and stick with them so that your outfits not only match, but look effortlessly stylish. If you want, you can also choose colours that suit your skintone and eye colour. It’s a really efficient way of cutting through all the decision-making – if you know your colours, you can immediately zoom in on them when walking through a store.
For the indecisive: A style concept
A ‘style concept’ is basically about capturing you and your personality, preferences and influences in your clothes. It’s also sometimes known as your ‘personal’ or ‘signature style’. This might sound like some First World poppycock, but if you’re going to spend money on clothes that aren’t 100% practical, you may as well make it fun. And, surprisingly, it actually makes clothing yourself way simpler.
Think about it: if you know precisely what you will and won’t wear, you cut out 90% of the effort. You’ll pretty much be able to guarantee that you love every item you buy, that it looks good on you, and that you’ll actually wear it. This is a great tool for indecisive people like me, who (until now) had a closet that looked like it belonged to someone with multiple personalities.
For the true minimalist: A capsule wardrobe
If a colour palette is the beginner’s method to simplify and de-clutter your closet, a capsule wardrobe is the expert’s tool of choice. A capsule wardrobe brings structure to your clothing by limiting the number of items you own, ensuring all of them co-ordinate with each other. This is not just in terms of colour, though – it also encompasses the type and number of garmets you wear. If you wear suits to work, for example, you’ll need at least 5 work-appropriate tops. This gives you a quota for how many of x, y and z you need – very useful for compulsive shoppers who own more party dresses than pairs of socks.
Before trying to simplify your closet, it’s worth noting that not everyone has the same priorities. Some may feel they benefit from reducing their wardrobe to exacly 33 items, but for some, simply knowing more about themselves will simplify things enough. None of these methods should be a strict, unchanging model, and by no means should you force yourself to get rid of things you love if you don’t want to.
Simple living is not one-size-fits-all, and it definitely doesn’t mean you have to be boring. tweet this
Have you been re-vamping your wardrobe, or have a question about it? Let me know in the comments!