My Curated Closet: Defining an Objective
How I Got Inspired
I have been toying around with the idea of whatever the definition of "capsule wardrobe" or "curated closet" is. After doing a massive clear-out of my beauty collection nearly six months ago, I had not felt happier with it than now. Everything had a place, a purpose, and a reason to bring me joy. I wanted to do the same with my wardrobe. I wanted to open it up every day and feel good about everything in there, to make dressing for each day easier and a generally more pleasant experience.
I had been reading about the idea of "capsule wardrobes" or "curated closets" for some time now. Blogs like Un-fancy and Anushka Rees (formerly Into Mind) were, and still are, two blogs that I followed closely. Seeing what they were doing, and later watching Anna's journey towards a capsule wardrobe, I knew it was totally possible for me to do the same. My problem was, I just didn't know where to start. I never had an excessive amount of clothing, yet I still never loved everything I own. So what was the problem?
Identifying My Wardrobe Needs
In early May, I picked up two books: Anushka Rees' "The Curated Closet" and Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". After doing online reading and following flowcharts, it was apparent that the amount of clothing I had wasn't the issue. It was what I was choosing to have in this small selection of items.
After briefly flipping through the two books, I figured out what I needed for my wardrobe. I needed to firstly define a style, then choose items that fit the criteria and me. I also needed to let go of things I wasn't wearing, even if I really liked the items at the time of purchasing.
Making a Plan
Knowing what my needs were now, I started setting goals and doing some proper planning. I already had a "mood board" going on Pinterest of everything I want to wear. I pulled it up, and it was so obvious what I am into.
- Black, dark grey, and white basics
- Blush pink, olive green, mustard yellow, burnt orange, and burgundy pieces for "pops" of colour
- Grey and camel coats
- Leather jackets
These are the things I should have, and when I look into my closet there are items that don't fit in. Even for those that do fit in, I wasn't always wearing because they either didn't fit or were made of materials I didn't feel comfortable in.
My way of tackling this was to pull everything out and give everything a category. I will discuss in a separate post about how I did this. Basically, I identified a lot of things that needing replacing. Yep, that was it. I needed to replace clothing, not cut down or expand the amount of items that exist.
I am now working off a list of items I want to buy to either add to my wardrobe or replace something existing.
Where This is Going
It is a work in progress, and I am so happy to be documenting this on my blog. Going forward, in addition to posts about how I have achieved my dream wardrobe (fingers crossed this works out!), I want to provide shopping tips on how to stick to your goals and also choose better items. I have been doing research on ethical brands and am looking to support more companies that follow ethical and environmentally sustainable methods.
I am also interested in partaking in the 10 x 10 Challenge. The idea is to create a mini capsule wardrobe featuring ten items to wear over ten days, and to get creative with it!
Are You On Board?
Let me know if you've tried the capsule wardrobe or curated closet idea. What was your experience with it?