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?

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23 thoughts on “3 Easy Ways to Curate Your Closet

  1. I’ve found this pat rally helpful! Thanks so much! I’ve done a huge clear out of my wardrobe over a year. At first it was 50%. Then 70%. Now I’m looking to clear more and I think the way you’ve done it has inspired me to do more. I definitely don’t need all the clothes in have and would rather love and be comfortable in everything I own.

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    1. I am so glad you liked it!! I’m still in the process of dumping and rebuilding, but I feel like now I’m finally on the right track. I think only holding on to the stuff you really love will leave you with nothing but the best outfits…not that you have any trouble with that, Miss Chic!

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  2. I have always loved how a capsule wardrobe makes getting dressed so much easier and defined…..maybe one day I will actually give it a try? I would definitely say that defining your style helps sooooo much!
    -Madison

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    1. It really does! If you ever want to pare down your closet, I’d definitely recommend The Curated Closet. It’s been a HUGE help for me!

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  3. One, love that dress on you! Two, love this post! I’ve been in a style rut for what’s felt like months now, so your tips are fantastic! I actually never thought to keep track of outfits I’ve worn that I really loved and now I’m going to do that! Genius! 🙂
    ~Sara

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    1. I’m glad you found this helpful!! I got a lot of inspiration from the book The Curated Closet, so if you want some more in-depth tips, I’d definitely recommend it!

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  4. Classic Romantic sounds like the perfect way to sum up your aesthetic, at least from what I can tell. Everything Anthropologie makes is so beautiful and so expensive 😦 but worth every penny. (This reminds me — I’ve got an old pinup-y dress from Anthro that needs to be worn once the weather gets warm again!)

    I’d have such a hard time making a seasonal color palette, so maybe I’ll just dress in holiday colors all year round. That way, all the choosing is done *for* me!

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    1. I think wearing holiday colors all year round is an excellent idea! From what I’ve seen and read about your style journey, you’re already a pro at personal style, so kudos to you!

      And yeah, Anthro is waaaay expensive, so I’m probably only going to be adding, like, two pieces to my closet each year 😛

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    1. That’s a great way to approach your outfits! That way, you figure out what you love and keep the process simple.

      And thank you!

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  5. I love these tips, Devinne! I’ll have to try out that secret Pinterest board idea because I feel the same way — some of my looks feel more me than others, and I don’t have a clear idea of why…beyond general zaniness 😉

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  6. Perhaps not surprisingly, I followed a very similar path when revising my style over the last couple of years. It actually all started when, for a bit of fun, I booked an appointment with a personal style consultant to find out my ‘seasonal colour palette’ (I know it’s a cliché, but I found it really helpful!).

    As a result, out went all the colours that I agreed did nothing for me (black, white, grey, and cooler shades of the spectrum), leaving me with a lovely rich palette of warm, autumnal colours, that make me look my best. I now stick to that palette pretty closely, although I do allow myself a foray into cooler blues now and then, since I love them too much to abandon them altogether!

    The next step was figuring out which of my outfits made me feel good about myself in some way, and which really expressed my personality. I liked all my clothes, but with a critical eye I could see that no matter how much I loved my more ‘Bohemian’ items, or girly flounces, they really didn’t suit my shape, or my character, or my lifestyle. Out they went, leaving more simple, neat, fitted, but still quirky and fun items.

    I definitely now have a very clear idea of my style – the best description I think is librarian chic, with a focus on blending masculine and feminine elements, and strong vintage influences – and thanks to the editing process, my wardrobe is consistent: no more mismatching styles or colours, everything ‘goes’ with everything else, and it’s a joy to put an outfit together. And yes, it helps me to curb the impulse shopping!

    Anyway, I hope you’ll excuse the essay, but I found the parallels very interesting!

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    1. I agree-it sounds like we’re going through/are on very similar style journeys. I hadn’t heard of tailoring the colors of your wardrobe in that way before–I just picked colors I thought were pretty, but it makes more sense to pick out colors that work for you and your skin tone.

      And I’m glad that you had such a productive closet purge! It can be so daunting to look at your wardrobe and decide what stays, but it sounds like you’ve got things down to a science now. I’m starting to feel a lot like you do now–a lot of my clothes work together really well, and getting dressed is a breeze. I still want to shop my heart out, though!

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