MY CURATED CLOSET, WINTER

February 06, 2018


Last year I had this itching desire to rid my whole home of things I didn't need, of all the excess, and stuff I was hanging onto for future use or just because. If something didn't serve a purpose or bring me joy, I either donated it, gave it away, or chucked it out. It seems I was not alone in my attempt to live more simply. This whole ridding oneself of excess is a massive trend right now, and it's one trend I am completely on board with.

In the age of consumption and consumerism we are living in now, I think a minimalist approach to life is so refreshing. There are so many amazing concepts around the curated closet and minimalist wardrobe that people go gaga over. Project 333, the 10x10 Style, the Minimalists, just to name a few, but the list goes on of people starting movements to create a more simple life. Not just with clothes but in our every day lives.

For me the biggest challenge of living simply has always been my wardrobe. Growing up I loved clothes! I worked in many clothing stores throughout high school and college. If you're wondering where my pay checks went, well they went straight back into the company, in the form of lots and lots of clothing. I never really thought about the item very much before purchasing it, if I liked it I bought it, and it didn't matter if it fit with the rest of my wardrobe. This splurge spending became a bad habit for me and one I knew I needed to sort out.

After I gave birth to Oslo, and I was faced with the harsh reality that my body wouldn't allow me to wear a lot of the same clothing I collected (hoarded, I think is the more appropriate word) over the years. No longer did low rise jeans suit me, or short skirts and dresses. I couldn't get away with skin tight tees, and spaghetti strapped tanks. None of this stuff looked good or made me feel great, so it all had to go. I came to terms with the fact that my body was never going to be the same as it was before. I mean once you give birth those hips are definitely going to stay curvy. So I needed to figure out what clothes fit my new body, and what made me feel and look amazing.

Slowly I began purchasing new pieces, and over the past year I have built up a more curated wardrobe of items that work well together, and compliment my new body. I still battle sometimes with the urge to pick up a hot sale item or go for a trendy look, but somehow I almost always manage to hold off. This season is the first time I have felt like my wardrobe is stocked full of pieces that can all work well together, and everything in there makes me feel good. To look in the mirror and actually love the way I look is huge for me, especially post babies. I know this isn't the case for many women (especially mums), so I wanted to put together a sort of look book of what I typically wear in a week during winter time, with tips on how I keep my closet curated. I picked out less than 10 items that I wear daily as a stay at home mum, that would mix and match well so I don't spend the time I don't have to get dressed in the morning. 

LOOK 1
GREY KNIT SWEATER, DARK BLUE SKINNY JEANS, WHITE LONG TEE

LOOK 2
LONG BEIGE BOYFRIEND CARDIGAN, BLACK SKINNY JEANS, CREAM SHIRT

LOOK 3
WHITE CROPPED COTTON SWEATER, PLEATHER SKIRT, BLACK TIGHTS

LOOK 4
LIGHT PINK SWEATER, BLACK SKINNY JEANS, BLACK TANK TOP

LOOK 5
LONG BEIGE BOYFRIEND CARDIGAN, DARK BLUE SKINNY JEANS, LONG SLEEVE TEE

LOOK 6
WHITE CROPPED COTTON SWEATER, DARK BLUE SKINNY JEANS, WHITE TANK TOP

LOOK 7
GREY KNIT SWEATER, BLACK PLEATHER SKIRT, GREY TIGHTS

As much as I respect and love the positive outcome of these minimalistic wardrobe trends, I really didn't want to follow a specific one. I much preferred finding a way to incorporate a thoughtful, yet realistic approach to reduce consumption and build a beautiful collection of clothes I loved. I didn't follow any specific guidelines, other than creating a harmonious colour scheme, and kept the general inventory of clothes fairly basic. I'm not one to wear big and bright patterns anyway, so that definitely helped a lot.

TRY EVERYTHING YOU OWN ON

To begin the purge of my closet I tried everything I owned for the season I was in. My tip is to do this with your hair and makeup done, in the daytime, when you are feeling great. Then knowing you look your best, try everything on. If a piece of clothing doesn't fit right, doesn't bring you joy, or work with your lifestyle now, then get rid of it. It's good to be a little cut throat in the process, I always think. There is no use hanging onto something if it doesn't serve you a purpose.

Oh and those back of the closet jeans you own that fit you 10 years ago and you spent a lot of money on, get rid of them! I had 2 pairs of expensive jeans I was hanging onto from circa 2010, that were no joke, 3 sizes smaller than I am now. For some reason I couldn't let them go, even though every year I tried them on and they didn't go past my bum. So if you are hanging onto these like I was, get rid of them. As the song says let it go, trust me you will feel amazing after you do. 

KNOW YOUR INVENTORY

One thing that has helped me significantly is keeping an ongoing inventory list of what I own in my head. I am aware of every piece I have for the season, and keep a little list going of what else I need to buy in order to complete my wardrobe. This has been crucial for me so I never purchase something for no reason. It has also kept my clothing costs way way down, from where they were pre-babies.

In case you are curious for the winter season I have about 40 pieces, not including shoes and accessories, which I could still cut down on. My 40 or so inventory consists of sweaters, long sleeve shirts, tees, tanks, jeans, trousers, leggings, and skirts. I also don't include jackets, coats, or loungewear in that total. For some that might be a little and for others that might be a lot, but for me that was the most ruthless I could be while still keeping pieces that I loved.



OUTFIT PLAN FOR THE WEEK

Just like meal planning on the weekend, I now outfit plan as well.  I select a small amount of items I can mix and match to create five different outfits for the upcoming week. The best thing about this is it helps me cut down on laundry, knowing I can rewear a few pieces later on in the week. That's of course if no one throws up on me or spills food on my clothes. As long as they stay relatively clean, I find a way to work them into a new outfit to wear. Which ends up saving me so much time when I need to get dressed in the morning as fast as I can. 

INJECTING A LITTLE FUN

I think the biggest deterrent of a curated closet is that you can't have fun with your clothes anymore. That you are limited to the same colours, patterns, textures, etc. This is one of the main reasons I don't follow a specific guideline, because I certainly still want to add fun into my outfits. How I do that is with my accessories. You can add colour and sparkle to jazz up your wardrobe with jewelry, hats, scarves, belts, the list goes on.

Last year I bought a pair of rose gold ankle boots, and I'm pretty sure those would not be allowed in any capsule wardrobe. When I saw them I had to have them, and thought they would add a punch of fun into my fairly muted wardrobe. After wearing them multiple times a week for the past couple of months I am so happy I went for it. This is the perfect example that it is okay to still go for a piece even if it doesn't necessarily suit everything in your curated closet. At the end of the day fashion should be fun so we have to bend the rules a little, especially when rose gold booties catch our eyes.


This is what has been working for me this winter season so far, and I can honestly say I have never felt happier with my wardrobe. Less clothes, less time wasted trying to figure out what to wear, and less money spent. I'm a little nervous about how my summer wardrobe will go, because I love dresses and have a lot of them. I will have to wait and see when the weather warms up and I go through everything all over again. Stay tuned as I am keen to share how I get on with my summer closet.

I'm curious, do you have a capsule wardrobe? Would you do it or do you love having lots of clothes?  I would love to know what you think of this new trend.

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4 Comments

  1. Could you please put up links to the items in your wardrobe, I love them all!

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    1. Hi Rebecca, oh yes of course I was wondering if I should have done that. Some of the stuff is from last year, but I will try my best to link them asap. Thank you! xx

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  2. Two things: this is your best-written post, and what are you looking at when you look down and out of frame?

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    1. Thank you! Haha looking at all the spots on the floor I need to vacuum up

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