Re-determine Your Personal Style: Building A Spring Capsule Wardrobe
This step is hard, even pre-pandemic. But even now, with so much time spent in loungewear, you can choose pieces that reflect your personal style. Remember to choose items that make you feel good. Here are a few other tips:
• Search through your closet and pick a general style “bucket” (i.e. minimalist, boho) that feels most like you. It’s important to pick a style identity that you can stick to most of the time.
• Officially reevaluate your style every year. Look for new inspiration and pin things that you want to try. It’s helpful to find someone whose style you admire, so you can look to them for inspiration. Just don’t forget to think about what will work best for your lifestyle and needs right now.
• Avoid overly-saturated trends. We all get drawn to different styles that become popular, but if you want to test out a trend, do it with accessories first. They’re easier to collect then give away once you’re done.
What to Keep, What to Part With?
This part may take a really long time, so give yourself 3-4 hours so you’re not rushed into making the wrong decisions.
• Look at everything really carefully to see if anything is pilled, damaged or stained, and make sure it either gets into a pile to repair or donate. You’d be amazed at how many damaged pieces we have hanging in our closets that keep us from wearing them, yet we keep them in there! Make sure you’re recycling responsibly - create piles for donations, repairs, consignment and washing.
• Tackle what’s left by category. Divide everything into piles - your T-shirts, underwear, jeans, pants, jackets, woven shirts, sweaters, and then think about your lifestyle; how many of each category do you actually need? Once you have your piles, organize each one from your favorite item to your least favorites in a category – purging the items you like least. Hang similar ‘keep’ items together on Wonder Hangers.
• Don’t overlook the emotional element. Pay close attention to how accessories, jewelry and clothing make you feel, and get rid of anything that carries negative emotional baggage. If you truly love it, keep it, even if you aren’t wearing it right now. Which brings us to our next tip…