Closet Confessions :: Inventory Pt. 3

It's been a while since I updated my closet inventory for you guys - so I wanted to take a few minutes and do a quick update.

With my recent lifestyle change - I moved from working at home (casual wear) to in an office (business professional) - I definitely added several things to my closet in the transition. I also did another ruthless purge where I got rid of everything that wasn't my style any more. Here are some updated numbers:

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The part of my closet that showed the biggest improvement was dresses. I've always loved dresses, and I've always loved buying a new dress for special occasions...and then never wearing it again, because I'd already been photographed in it. I still held on to a lot of them though, because I remember looking so darn good in them. I finally came to terms with the fact that some dresses are really re-wearable and others are just...not. And thanks to the discovery of Rent the Runway, I can keep my closet free of special occasion dresses.

I also forgot to include skirts and shorts. There are less, though. I tossed anything too short, tween, too small or in a shape I didn't love.

Shoes remain in limbo, because I've always thought of them as a collection more than anything else, but I'm starting to list a few that are too small or too ridiculous for real life. I've been gravitating toward the same few pairs of shoes lately, so it won't hurt to clear out the flops. Plus, as a JustFab Brand Ambassador, they continue to gift me new pairs so I'll become overrun if I don't be a little choosy. Bags have also gotten a nice cut. I've sold a few impulse buys, given a few to friends, and listed a couple more. I pretty much only want to carry the nicer ones now, so there's no reason to hang on to the others if they'll just take up space.

It's weird, the biggest thing that's happening in my closet right now is that my taste has changed a lot. A lot of the pieces in my closet not only didn't fit my style any more, they didn't fit my lifestyle either. Could I be growing up?? No way. That's weird.

Moving forward, I'm going to try a one-in-one-out policy and toss something every time I pick up something new; even as I was counting tonight I found a sweater that I was like, "Whaa? How did this make it?!" I also see my closet now as more of a revolving door concept. Once I get tired of things, I think I'll donate or sell them to make way for new and better things. I tend to want to wear my newer items more often, so this makes sense for my closet in the future.

Miss a previous part of this journey? You can catch up with Inventory Pt 1 & 2 (along with the rest of my closet confessions) here.

Closet Confessions :: The Uniform

I've been spending the past few months cleaning out my closet and trying to refine my personal style. You can read the whole journey here.

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When I started my Closet Confessions series, one of the things I really wanted to get out of it was a sense of what things I really LOVED, and WHY. I'd never been able to pinpoint what made a piece a favorite before, so I just bought an endless stream of stuff I thought I liked (usually on a whim, and for cheap) that took up valuable real estate in my closet. So during this journey, I've been reading lots of other blogs about everything from curating to organization trying to find my way.

Over a weekend iced-in, I discovered Into-Mind and her amazing series, the 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp. I spent a good majority of my Saturday reading, taking notes, examining my closet and really thinking about what she was saying as it applied to my own wardrobe. The concept of minimalism has always seemed romantic to me, but let's face it - hardly anything I do is minimal. But the idea that you could curate your closet into a hundred outfits you'll always love by adopting a uniform was so intriguing to me that I started down the path toward my own.

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What I didn't realize is, I've always kind of rallied around a "uniform" of sorts, subconsciously. I'll say I'm "on a drapey sweater kick right now" or "I can't stop buying ankle boots", but what I'm doing is creating multiple possibilities for my favorite things within my wardrobe without even realizing it. What the Wardrobe Revamp does is help you hone those tendencies into a thoughtful, deliberate outfit of your choice. I spent time on my blog pinning my outfits that I considered "home runs" from the past year, then I took the time to really study them and look for consistencies (the advantage of doing this if you're a blogger). What I discovered was, while I love color and pattern and incorporate it into most outfits, I prefer the outfits that are based mostly on neutrals with just a "pop" of interest. This time of year, I favor layers, particularly jackets. So I decided on my uniform - skinny jeans or pants, flowy top, fitted jacket, ankle boots. The variations on the uniform include sweater over button up or long sleeves, and jacket and skirt. My patterns are stripes and leopard, my fabrics are leather and tweed,  my details are bold jewelry and bright bags. Using this concept, I started building an inspiration board on Pinterest filled with "The Uniform" to get my creativity flowing.

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Finally, I pulled several pieces from my closet that fit the theme of the uniform and also were consistent favorites. I had an epiphany - why do I constantly pull the same items when I travel? It's because they fit the uniform. They're easy to remix, work in a variety of situations, and I'm always comfortable in these few pieces. Using that knowledge, I can begin to create a capsule wardrobe.

Now, I'm just at the beginning stages of this revamp, but it's definitely on par with the goals I had for my own closet (which I'm listing below). I highly recommend you take the time to read every single word on Into-Mind. Girl's got a good head on her shoulders and it's a great starting point for anyone trying to define their style and really dig in to their closet. PS - I'm planning on doing a 30x30 - Capsule Wardrobe edition in January if you want to join in!

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Closet Goals:

1. Get rid of anything that doesn't fit me, my style, or my lifestyle.
2. Identify trends in my style to focus on in the future.
3. Develop a uniform, color palate, and defined style.
4. Slowly replace cheap items with better quality ones.
5. Continue adding pieces (of high quality) that fit the goals.
6. Buy better, buy less.
7. Break up with Forever 21 (it's not you, it's me. Just kidding, it's you).
8. Have a closet full of favorites.
9. Have a defined style, appropriate for my lifestyle and age.
10. Be the everlovin' most chicest person that exists, etc.

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As we're nearing the end of the year, what are some of your closet confessions and goals?

Closet Confessions :: My closet tour

I've been spending the past few months cleaning out my closet and trying to refine my personal style. You can read the whole journey here.

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It's been a few weeks since I gave you guys a closet update - After my inventory and initial purge, I've been trying to get my remaining garments in order and promised I'd show you some of my organizing techniques. Turns out, taking photos in your closet isn't the easiest task, so hopefully you can get the gist from these I took with my phone.

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Everything in my closet has it's place - Tops are hung together in color order, skirts are hung together in color order, dresses together, blazers together, cardis together, pants together - all in color order. I think the quickest way to achieve an organized look in a closet is to use the same hangers, so I've been slowly converting all of my hangers to the same black slimline hangers.

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I use bins to store things like workout clothes, camisoles, scarves, and bras. We don't currently have a dresser, and it's nice to have everything in the same place. We have some great shelves and cubbies in our closet that I utilize to fold sweaters, t-shirts, and jeans. I used to store shoes in them because they looked pretty and made me happy, but it wasn't really the best use of space.

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Purses go on the top shelf - I found these magazine racks at Garden ridge to help hold the slouchy purses, and stuff the more structured bags with homemade "purse pillows" to help them hold their shape (and stand up better). Out of season bags go in their dust bags.  

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So what happened to the shoes, if I'm not storing them in my master closet any longer? Well, we're lucky enough to have a third bedroom that doesn't get much use, so I decided to use that closet as my shoe closet. Having a shoe closet or shoe room isn't exactly normal, per say, but since I pretend my shoes are a "collection" I'm also pretending having a shoe room is okay. I have many shoe enthusiast friends who have also converted spare bedrooms into shoe rooms, so at least I know some people get me ;)  Realistically, if we were to start a family or downsize our home, I'd have to seriously rethink my shoe habits, but for now, I'm just enjoying them. The shoe room still needs a lot of work, but here's a sneak peek.

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So that's my closet! One of the biggest things you have to do when you have a large amount of THINGS is to make sure they're organized. I do my best to keep order so my wardrobe doesn't feel overwhelming. However, the past few weeks I've decided I STILL have too much and need to continue purging. I'm considering doing an experiment where I pretty much only use what I can hang on my huggable hangers this fall and see if I go looking for the pieces that don't make the cut.  

Anyway, thanks for dropping by for the tour! If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them. How do you guys get your organization on??