Have you ever had that feeling like you’re forgetting something and you just can’t figure out what? That was me a couple of months ago. I constantly felt like I was forgetting to do something important. Because of this I easily got overwhelmed and anxious.
Because I was mentally cluttered, my environment slowly caught up and my home was always cluttered and congested as well. So I finally decided to declutter and purge some of my belongings in a bid to feel exhilarated.
The first thing I tackled was my wardrobe. I don’t know what got into me when I thought that open shelving was a good idea. When I looked at some inspiration on Pinterest it looked very put together and minimal. But I guess I forgot that my wardrobe isn’t minimal and the colors are all over the place making it hard for me to color coordinate the clothes. Sidenote, please remind me to purchase doors for my wardrobe so that when it’s looking dismal and unordered, at least I can close the doors to keep it all from me.
So what I did was I took out all of my clothes and went through each piece of clothing asking myself the following questions, “When was the last time I wore this, Does it give me joy when I wear it and does it fit into my style aesthetic? If I answered no to at least two questions then I would put it into the donate or throw away pile. The exceptions were heirlooms that I got from family, those were too sentimental to be thrown.
I have to say that I am really pleased with what I’ve done so far. My wardrobe is less crowded, and I even have some gaps in between which was never the case! I even gave a whole shelf to my husband, trust me that’s something given where I was coming from.
I also realised that I got here because of my shopping habits, so I am very careful not to buy simply because something is reduced and my size. I’m going to sure to make a habit of buying thoughtfully considered purchases.
Now that the starting point has been done, I am now moving on to creating a capsule wardrobe. The concept of a capsule wardrobe is to have curated versatile pieces in my wardrobe that I absolutely love. These pieces of clothing are interchangeable and compatible to maximise different outfits that can be made with just a few items. Usually, it contains a set of tops, skirts, trousers, jeans, blouses and shoes.
So here are the items that I am looking to add in the next couple of months and why.
1. A good white t-shirt
White is my favorite color and a good white t-shirt goes with so many things. Imagine paired with a pleated skirt and sneakers in summer, or with high-waisted mom jeans, or under a good denim jacket. As the months get colder, I could still wear it under a blazer or cardigan.
2. Black or nude blazer.
A blazer is a staple in any closet. I used to have a black one and it was everything. But it wasn’t the best of quality and started to form lint balls. It was also double-breasted which made it too formal for some occasions. This time around I will go for something that can be easily dressed up or down. I’m still not sure which color to choose though, between black, white and nude.
3. Black pants
I am known to fall for a good pair of high waisted pants. But what I still need to settle on is the style of the pants. I am still going back and forth between fitted and tailored and loose and bell-bottomed. What I do know though is if I go for the loose and belly bottoms the material has to be airy like linen or cotton. If they’re fitted then they have to have great material and be formal.
4. White sandals
I am definitely a summer girl and will be away a bit this summer. I love how versatile white sandals can be, but for them to be dynamic they have to be the right type. I am looking out for a minimal heel that is high enough to be dressed up but low enough to be spent the day in. These are the ones I am currently eyeing.
5. Denim jacket
So I’ve never owned a denim jacket and the FOMO is really starting to catch up. The reasons are varied, I never found one that fit rit with the right price tag and at the right time. But it’s about time I get round to it. I think it will be handy during those chilly winter nights or early autumn days before warmer jackets are needed.
That being said, I have to admit though that a capsule wardrobe isn’t giving me vacation vibes. Each time I start looking for vacation clothes, I look for colors and not neutral colors. This brings me at a loss of what to do because I have different conflicting interests. On the one hand, I don’t want to buy clothes just for the sake of a couple of days and then not wear them again. But on the other hand, I don’t want to wear white, black and cream only during a vacation, that just seems sad and boring.
So dear friends I am looking for help in this regard, do help a girl out if you have any ideas.