3 Easy Ways to Curate Your Closet

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In my last post, I talked about how I’ve had a personal style revelation.  I was very much inspired by Chic Ethique’s winter capsule wardrobe and planner, and it sparked a change in the way I looked at my style.  After setting aside time to think about my outfits, I pulled together a framework to help me define and refine my look.  Today, I want to share some of the things that helped me–if you’re in a style rut, too, I hope these help!

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  1. Keep track of your favorite outfits.  Confession: I actually don’t really like most of the outfits I’ve posted in the last couple of years.  They simply didn’t feel right, and part of that is because I was trying to mimic other bloggers’ styles.  That being said, there are a few that felt perfect.  I made a secret Pinterest board with all those looks and studied them.  Why did I like them so much?  What were some of the common elements and colors?  Once I had those figured out, I moved on to Step 2.
  2. Pick a color palette.  When I analyzed my favorite outfits, a few colors stood out to me: neutrals, deep green, burgundy, and red.  They kept coming up over and over again!  With that in mind, I made up a color palette for every season.  Having a palette is a good way to make sure that all your clothes for each season work well together, plus you can incorporate the shades that make you feel best.
  3. Define your style.  Part of the fun of clothes is playing with different styles, but I’ve found it’s best for me to limit the majority of my closet to two or three.  Having a mix of retro, boho, preppy, classic, athleisure, trendy, and vintage stuff always made me kind of dread putting an outfit together.  Nothing seemed to go together!  Now, though, I’ve come up with a name for what I want to see when I throw open my closet doors: Classic Romantic.  I love lace and girly dresses, but I’m also drawn to very simple and refined styles.  Think Anthropologie meets J. Crew.

Already, these steps have made my life so much easier.  Getting dressed in the morning is effortless!  I know that most of my clothes are interchangeable, which means pulling together an outfit is a piece of cake.  And it’s helped me curb my bad, bad shopping habits.  Instead of buying anything and everything because I think it’s “cute,” I have a solid focus for what I want to add.  It’s shopping with intention, y’all.

So what about you guys?  What’s your style journey been like?  Did you find these tips helpful?

Tutorial: Easy Double Twist Bun

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I was playing around with a version of this style that has braids instead of twists, but you guys!  I’m getting tired of braids!  I came up with something quicker that’s just as pretty, and I bet it’ll be perfect for that holiday that’s coming up in a couple of weeks…

2017-01-22-01.26.08-1.jpg.jpgStart by sectioning off the top half of your hair.  Leave it like that, throw it in a bun, whatever–just keep it out of the way.

Next, take a strand of hair from one side and start twisting it away from you.  As you twist, add more hair.  Stop when you get to the middle of the nape of your neck, and hold it in place with a bobby pin.  (I finally got blonde ones! So excited.)

2017-01-22-01.26.05-1.jpg.jpgDo the same on the other side.  This time, when you get to the middle, take the twists from both sides and pull them into a ponytail.

Repeat the last two steps on the top section of your hair.

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What do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try?  Remember, you can mix it up by using braids instead of twists!

 

 

 

Outfit: Just The Same But Brand New

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It seems like lots of bloggers have been taking breaks lately.  It makes sense–the holidays can leave you exhausted and yearning for some relaxation.  And it’s a whole new year, the perfect time to reflect on what you’re going to make of the next twelve months.

Like many of you, I spent a few weeks taking stock, which of course includes Mox and Socks.  Ever since I started this blog, something seemed off.  Not the photography; I’ve learned to become a decent photographer in the last two years.  Not the subject matter; I’m a good writer.  No, it was something more fundamental–the clothes.

We as style bloggers struggle more with the identity of our clothes than anyone else.  Our clothes mean more because we want them to mean more.  Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what exactly we want to say, and I’ve had that problem for years.

I never really understood why I didn’t like most of my outfits.  I had all kinds of rules governing how I chose my clothes, and I thought those rules would make me happy.  When they didn’t, I started to copy other people, trying to capture whatever it was that made their outfits stand out.

It took me ages, but I learned some key points that helped me figure out what my style was.  A Clothes Horse’s outfits won’t look right on me because they’re not me.  But this outfit?  She’d never wear it, but it feels exactly right on my body.

In a few days, I’ll recap some of the things I learned in putting together a new wardrobe for myself.  I hope that if you’re having problems with the things in your closet, I can help.

I’ve collaborated with thredUP again, and that site has been invaluable in helping me rebuild and refine my closet.  They had all of the basics I needed plus lots of unusual statement pieces, like this beaded cardigan.  (Side note: that thing is so heavy that my back still hurts–worth it!)  thredUP is literally the only company I can think of that offers (by definition) ethically-sourced petite clothing, so I feel really good about adding to my closet with the things I’ve found there, plus I know they’re going to fit me.

If you’ve never shopped with thredUP before, I have a little goody for you.  You can get 50% off your first-time purchase on their selection of Free People clothing using the code FREEPEOPLE50.  It’s good for up to $50 off!  So go on, check it out!

 

Tutorial: Triple Dutch Braid

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I’ve been playing around with triple braids lately.  You know, where you braid three sections of hair and then braid those together–a braid within a braid, if you will

The thing is, my hair isn’t long enough to really pull it off.  Personally, I think it looks best if you have long, long hair, and mine’s only long.  Still, I think I found a way to make it work.

Enter the triple Dutch braid.  By Dutch braiding the center braid, there’s a little more interest at the top of my head and less on the rest of the style.  Here’s how to copy this look:

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Starting at the crown of your hair, Dutch braid the middle section of your hair.  If you’re not familiar with Dutch braiding, it’s basically an inverted French braid.  Instead of pulling the outside strands over the middle one, you pull them under.

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Next, braid the outside sections of your hair.  Secure with elastics and gently tug on them to fatten ’em up.

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Finally, take all three braids and, you guessed it, braid them together as you normally would.  That’s it!  At this point, you could leave it as-is, or you could wrap a section of hair around the elastic to hide it.  Or, you could also stick a pretty bow at the end…

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Have you guys ever tried triple braids?  And is there a style you’d like me to show you next time?

 

 

Outfit: Trying to Care

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I don’t really like the idea of New Year’s resolutions.  Telling yourself that you’re going to start making a change on some arbitrary day doesn’t seem like a good way to set yourself up for success, you know?  Like, if you really wanted to stop eating sugar, you’d do it now, not on January 1. (Or never, if you’re me and have a profound sugar addiction.)

That being said, there is something to taking a step back and looking over the things in your life that you want to improve.  Maybe you want to volunteer more, or take on a new hobby.  Me?  Well, I just want to care about other people.

I spend a lot of time in my own little bubble.  I do what want to do, when I want to.  And if something gets in my way, I just hope someone will take care of things for me.  As much as I hate to admit it, I’m more than a little spoiled.

But I don’t want to be like that anymore.  I hate that I’m like that.  This year, I want to be different; I want to spend more of my time looking out for other people–having more conversations, baking more cookies, running more errands, helping out.  I want to be there for someone besides me.  I’m good at getting Poptarts for myself when I’m hungry, but what about picking up dinner for my parents?  I write in my journal for hours, but what about having a heart-to-heart with a friend?

Just let me finish this Poptart and I’ll be right over.