I’ve been trimming my wardrobe over the last three to four years. In part due to a general preference towards all things simple (quality over quantity) and partly due to the fact that shopping has fallen way down the list of enjoyable activities for me. My clothes now all fit into one smallish cupboard which most of the time feels like enough. However, I wanted to put together a ‘Look Book’ of my outfits to remind me what i DO have whenever i felt myself wanting to shop or stressing about what to wear. Essentially my aim was to spend a few weeks at the start of the season thinking about my wardrobe a lot, to then be able to forget about clothes for the rest of the season.
My Wardrobe Planning Process
I decided to break my outfits out into the following categories:
Work: i work four days a week so figured i would need roughly 10 core outfits
Casual: I’m home Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays so roughly six to eight core outfits seemed sufficient
Going Out: outfits for special events, dinners out etc again roughly six seemed sufficient
At the start of the season i took stock of what i already had in my wardrobe. I identified a few key pieces that would make my wardrobe feel fresh and exciting (a new dress, replace a pair of trousers, a new knit and 2-3 casual tops) and then I spent a Saturday afternoon trying everything on and photographing each outfit.
A few notes & reflections:
- I always like to have one special new dress for each season – this year my Rose flutter dress – which i bought with my sister making it all the more special!
- I’m totally okay with wearing the same outfit to multiple events. I still sometimes get a pang of embarrassment if i think people notice, but i know feeling comfortable in an outfit is more important for me than having something brand new to wear (and I realise most the time people are too busy thinking about themselves to care what I’m wearing anyway.)
- I think this may be the year i’ve bought the fewest number of new items (7 pieces + tights etc). Except for a picking up a cosy knit in the Christmas sales i didn’t shop at all after my initial planning.
- I didn’t buy any new shoes or coats this year but will definitely need to update 1 or 2 next season.
- Seeing a photograph of myself in an outfit was really helpful, it made me like some more, and some less than i thought i did.
There are so many different and cool ways to organise and think about your wardrobe. I’m sure mine will keep evolving and changing but for now i’m mostly happy with how it’s working
Casual & Going Out