At some point, no matter the amount of stuff in your wardrobe, I’m prepared to bet you’ve looked into the abyss and thought “I have nothing I want to wear”. The reality is however, the answer to this problem is not having more, it’s having less.
If this sounds like a complete contradiction, think of those pieces in your wardrobe that you absolutely adore. Whether they’re compliment magnets, simply put a smile on your face, a spring in your step or you just enjoy so much you’d run back into a burning building to retrieve, these coveted gems are the key to achieving a curated closet. Why? Well, what if your entire wardrobe was made up of pieces that made you feel like this? Shoes that were both comfortable and enviable? Tees that were the right mix of of worn-in and polished?
As you’ll know however, finding these perfect pieces is equal parts diligence and luck. Here’s how to make it happen:
- Know what you’re missing. You don’t need to have a perfect figure or a limitless budget, but you do need to know what you’re missing in your own wardrobe equation. Know your style. Forget the ‘must haves’ and ‘wardrobe essentials’ lists and instead focus on the things you’re always wishing you had when you’re getting dressed in the morning (and what you have in abundance). I tackle this by using a notebook I always have with me to jot down a continual list of pieces I think would really add depth / versatility to what I’m working with.
- Decide what matters. Other than fit, the things that matter to me are fabric and manufacturing. This means even if something fits me perfectly, I won’t buy it if I’m not convinced the people who made it were paid fair wages and the fabric made of natural fibres, will last and is preferably sustainable. In my case, finding pieces I’m absolutely crazy about that are made well, sweatshop free, organic and high quality takes a fair amount of research.
- One a month. Work through your list at the rate of one new piece a month. If you’re looking to declutter too, a variation on this is one in two out. This means that for every item you purchase you have to sell, discard or donate two. Either way this acts as a good test as to how much you really do love the piece you’re looking to shell out for. Do you like it enough to discard two other items in its place? Or if you only buy one thing this month, would you be happy if this was it? Either way, slowing down your rate of acquisition will do wonders for your wardrobe.
That’s it. It’s not hard, but it does take time, effort and as Alastor Moody put it… constant vigilance. Not convinced? Think of your regret purchases. I guarantee they were not the pieces you considered long and hard and were absolutely crazy about.