Shopping is one of my favorite things to do. If I’m having a bad day, want to lift my spirits, want to celebrate, get an opportunity to do shopping, I do. If it’s an excuse to shop, I’m there. But lately, I have been very careful of the things I buy. I have been trying really hard to simplify my closet. I’ve been reading a lot about capsule wardrobes and about decluttering your closet and that has really influenced my shopping tendencies. Now, I’ve really enjoyed getting rid of a lot of things and trying to cultivate a wardrobe I really love and want to share my experience with you.
When I left Missoula, I had to fit everything from my one bedroom apartment into my Rodeo. I got rid of a lot of stuff. The place I found the hardest to get rid of was my closet. And so I packed three bags, one of clothes I wore all the time, winter clothes, and then clothes that I had and liked but didn’t wear. And I said if I didn’t open that bag the whole summer I was home, I’d get rid of it. I didn’t get one thing out of that bag. And as much as I loved those clothes or had memories, they needed a different home. So they went off to the Salvation Army.
When I moved into our apartment in slo, I did the same thing. I have the clothes I wear once a week or over and over again hanging up in my closet. Then I have the clothes that I wear in the cold-my Montana clothes- of warm sweaters and coats in two suitcases under the bed. And in two drawers, I have clothes that I think I’m going to wear but I just looked in there last night and didn’t see me wearing it anytime soon. After the holidays, I’m going to look through those drawers again and get rid of more stuff.
Now, a lot of the things I don’t wear but still keep have some type of sentimental value. I wore it on a trip to San Francisco with Kevin or it’s a sorority shirt. So I have 5 rules I follow when I’m getting rid of clothes.
- Would I buy it again?
- What kind of value does it have to me? And do I have anything else that reminds me of this? (i.e. I only let myself have 4 Montana shirts, 5 Kappa Kappa Gamma shirts)
- Do I actually like it or do I like what it could be/what it represents? (Do I like this shirt or how it looks on me now or do I keep it for when I lose 10 pounds? If it’s the second, I get rid of it)
- Would I put it on right now and wear it out to Target? (This is how I get rid of most of my t shirts)
- Does it fit the way I want it to fit and the way it should? This is my rule with bottoms a lot of the time. I have a struggle with skirts and shorts, so I get rid of them if I don’t like the way it fits on me. It can be cute and I could want to wear it but if I don’t feel confident about it, then it’s gone.
Now when I shop as well, I try to stick to the colors that mix and match in my wardrobe. That’s one of the big tips I learned from capsule wardrobes articles. My main colors I stick to are grays, creams, whites, blacks, burgundys, and green. I try to buy from stores with good quality-I haven’t bought anything from places like Forever 21 in years. Money I spend of more expensive clothes rather than quick fashion is well spent because I take better care of them and they last longer. I feel more confident in more expensive clothes too. But I do look for sales like crazy. Ann Taylor and Loft always has good deals going on. I try to shop at Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off 5th. For simpler clothes, I try for Francesca’s-they have really well made clothes but good pricing as well.
My goal is when I move to where I’ll be attending law school, whether its Colorado, Texas or Washington, I’ll be able to pack a wardrobe and shoes that I love, that mixes and matches well, and is full of quality items in 3 suitcases. Probably won’t happen, but it could.
There are so many articles about simplifying your wardrobe and tips of what to keep and what to give away but really, it’s different for every person. I’m not going to be the one to tell you that you should have 2 jeans, 3 t-shirts, or that you only need these 10 things for your closet. I think it should be your own choice on what you keep in your closet. As long as you love what is in it. And that’s why I’m taking out the things I don’t love and keeping it to simply the things I do.
Let me know if you’re simplifying your wardrobe! How does your process work?