This last week I’ve been keeping an eye on notesfrommycloset after Rachel tweeted she was going to be posting an update on her investment closet project. I knew this would be right up my street so was eager to check it out. Rachel and I almost met at the Fabb Leeds event a few weeks back (so many faces, so little time) and since the event I’ve been following her updates on Twitter and her blog, I recommend you check her out too.
What I loved about her project was the aim to build a great, hard working closet full of clothes that she can wear everyday. When I work with clients on a one to one basis or over the web, this is what I strive to do with them. But for many people the first step in being able to achieve this is actually changing a few fundamental things; their relationship with shopping and the way they think about clothes.
If you were ever to open up Hootsuite on my Mac, you’d be greeted with a stretching array of searches. Sat at the end of them all is one that is constantly being updated, titled: “nothing to wear”. It’s almost as fast paced as my main timeline with a new tweet appearing every few seconds. But that doesn’t come as a surprise to me, I’ve seen it for so long on Twitter, I hear it from my own girlfriend and her friends and also from clients that get in touch asking for my help.
Honestly, hands up if you’ve ever said the same thing?
I’ve touched on the reasons why many of us feel this way before on wear it once disease, but I’ve never actually talked about what steps you can take to turn your closet around.
- The first step is really acknowledging that more clothes doesn’t necessarily mean that you have more to wear. I’ve seen plenty of closets full of clothes packed so tightly you can’t sift through them, yet the owner feels that they don’t have anything to wear. Try thinking of your wardrobe as a collection in a store. What would you rather have? The jammed packed rails of TK Maxx or a seamlessly flowing capsule in a designer boutique?
- Pick out the timeless pieces and make sure they actually are a flattering fit and work together, if you’re not sure if it’s timeless then you can tweet me or email me and I’ll happily help. Check the pieces you have left over to see when they were last ‘on trend‘ they could have been gathering dust for a few years and are ready for the charity shop.
- You could pick a theme for your closet, if you’re happy building up a collection around timeless classics let that be your theme. You have a certain look that you fancy? Then build it around that. I know some adore wearing the latest trends on the high street, and that’s great, just make sure you have the supporting cast of some really good basics as a foundation to showcase those trendy pieces. It would be worth keeping up to date with the trends a couple of seasons ahead of the high street to make sure you don’t prematurely throw out any pieces that will be still relevant.
So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you start by doing a spring clean and cleanse your wardrobe so you can stop saying “I’ve nothing to wear” today. As I said earlier if you need any help then drop me an email or find me on twitter.
When was the last time you really thought about properly investing in your wardrobe? Do you just buy things you ‘like’ or think about what else you already own?