I’ve been feeling inspired to do a little closet check-in with you guys, in the name of being transparent about what my closet is really looking like these days. This summer I shared how I un-capsuled my wardrobe, and what that looked like moving forward. And while I don’t have a lot of hard and fast rules for my closet (besides ethically-made or second-hand items only), I do think it’s important to set goals. And it’s particularly important to reflect on goals and the progress you have or haven’t made.
First, a look at goals I’ve made over the last year:
To further hone in on my style.
To streamline the getting dressed process.
To only add three items per season.
Let’s see how I’ve been doing so far.
GOAL 1: To further hone in on my style.
I would say I am doing pretty well at this goal, best out of the three for sure. I spent almost two full years operating out of capsules, and that was sort of a mirror to show me what I loved when it comes to getting dressed.
Starting a blog has sort of intensified this process. Photographing myself in my outfits has really sharpened my eye for garment shapes and the feel of an outfit. You know the whole saying “the camera doesn’t lie”? Well, in this case, I find that to be very true! It’s much easier for me to pinpoint what works and what doesn’t when I’m looking at a photograph instead of a mirror. If you’re struggling with styling yourself, I highly recommend this practice, in front of a full-length mirror with good lighting. Take pictures everyday for a season, and save them in a folder on your phone. Then go back and study your favorites. You will learn a lot.
GOAL 2: To streamline the getting dressed process.
Well, I am still a hot mess in this department! I was doing a pretty good job in the summer, but the logistics of fall have my panties in a bunch. It’s so much colder, and it rains more days than it doesn’t, so I need to be realistic about what I wear and how I wear it. Also, my heart says heels, but my lifestyle says no.
> > I need to focus a bit more on practicality when adding items to my closet. This will help address some of the logistics of getting dressed. For example, I have been pining for some Bryr Clogs for quite awhile now, but even with the closed-toe, it’s just not practical for an Oregon winter.
> > I need to be okay with the idea of temporarily setting aside some items in my closet as the weather gets colder and rainier (i.e., cropped jeans, distressed denim with holes, and light/nude colored shoes).
> > I need to let go of the notion of perfectionism. The perfect outfit. The perfect palette. The perfect drape. The perfect look. It’s really, really good to aim high and style well, but perfect is well, impossible. It’s also boring.
> > I will continue to lay out my clothes the night before. Boy, this one makes me sound like a grade schooler! Pulling a few items to the front of my closet each night really makes getting dressed so much easier! Instead of making choices when I’m half awake (and in a hurry) I can be a little more mindful.
GOAL 3: To only add three items per season.
I set this goal in place last fall after feeling really inspired by a few things I’d read. The idea is to slow down the pace of augmenting your wardrobe and truly evaluate each item you add, ensuring it earns its place in your closet. Essentially it is closet mindfulness. I have failed pretty hard at this over the summer and this fall. It’s due in part to two things: revenue growth from the blog (and Everlane credits) and the opportunity to partner with some amazing brands and designers.
I feel incredibly thankful for the opportunity and means to add many carefully made items to my closet over the last two seasons, but it doesn’t negate the quality of the goal. I am trying to be generous-minded with what I have and not hold on too tightly because, after all, clothes are just things and you can’t take things with you when you leave this earth.
> > Moving forward I want to keep this goal in mind and try even harder to limit what I add each season. I think it’s better to save, wait and buy better, rather than buy now and only be halfway satisfied. Even if that means paying way more for something than I ever expected. I firmly believe satisfaction is easier to come by when you choose well.
> > I really value the opportunity to share ethical brands and designers with you, and it is a lot of fun for me to style new pieces. I will continue to collaborate with select brands as I see fit, which often means gifted clothing. I’ll make sure to have high standards when it comes to choosing these items as well. Just because they are gifted doesn’t mean I shouldn’t work hard to make sure they truly earn a spot in my closet.
> > Shopping ban. This is always such a freeing thing to do. It allows me to ‘unplug’ from the retail world, and honestly, it can be a bit of a relief. But I wont lie, it takes discipline! And I think for the winter season it’s a little easier to add very few things because winter is more of the same, weather wise, to fall. Very few new wardrobe ‘holes’ arise. So I’m going to say it out loud, right here: no more clothing purchases till January. (My one caveat: replacing my black pants, if the right ones should come along.)
Thanks for reading along. I’d love to hear what goals you have for your closet, and what you’re doing to meet them.
I’ll probably do another check-in this January, with some updated progress and some fresh goals. For some more closet check-in inspiration, hop over to Style Bee. Lee is the one who inspired this pensive post, and check out Her Waise Choice.
[ photo two: Wool Wrap, Aritzia | Booties, Frye | Alpaca Cardigan, Zady (s/o) | 501’s, thrifted ]