Personal style is fickle. For me, anyway. I may have a pretty predictable color palette, and designers I like, shapes I prefer, but lately, I find myself wanting to cycle more things in and out of my closet.
I still have about 100 items, probably less now, in my wardrobe. Which I feel is a good closet “set point” for me. Some things I thought I’d just hold on to, and wear periodically, I’m wanting to purge. Like this sweatshirt dress. And a few other James Perse pieces I’ve already let go of.
I have been trying to wear things I’m unsure about, and then in wearing it, really being aware of how I feel and whether or not the item is right for me now. Which has led to some very interesting conclusions if I’m honest. This sweatshirt dress on me is neither bad nor good. It’s just meh. But I never really liked it very much; it might have been one of those things I thought I needed to have, so I did. It’s a bit shorter than I’d like, and not all that comfortable to wear because of it. It’s gone from my closet. Poof.
Another thing that’s helped me in cycling my closet, or deciding what to keep or get rid of, is wearing something out shopping. If I come out of the dressing room loving what I wore in more than what I tried on, then I’m good. That happens a lot, actually.
Specifically, I’ll wear something shopping that I’m trying to replace, because it’s not quite right, or has never really worked on me as well as I’d like. If I find something better, then I’ll decide then to get rid of what I’m wearing and find a way to get the new thing. That is what happened last week when I tried on the James Perse tank dress; I decided that I’d found a replacement for an older James Perse t-shirt dress I never really loved in the first place, but resigned myself to keep and wear.
But oftentimes I go in looking for something specific, like a drapey top or jeans, wearing a drapey top and jeans, and come out of the dressing room loving what I went in with more. I love it when that happens!
I’m also acutely aware of what’s in my closet now, that I pay such close attention to it, and it’s smaller. Everything is out for me to see, and as I get dressed, I look at everything, touch things, and try to decide what will work for me that day. Sometimes I’ll put outfits together for other days too.
This journey I’ve been on, to minimize my closet, make it more cohesive, and full of things I love and wear, has taught me many things, quite a few unexpected (isn’t that always the case!). Like, capsule wardrobes don’t work for me. And that I will always want to cycle things in and out of my closet – I LOVE to try new things, and will want to try them on me. I’ll have several things that will always be there, but sometimes it takes me time, and having something hang in my closet for a while before I’m ready to admit I made a mistake, or that it doesn’t work anymore. And that’s okay. For me anyway.
Everyone is different. And you may not want to cycle things in and out seasonally, or quarterly, or twice a year, or whatever. Capsule wardrobes may work for you. But that’s why life is so beautiful, because we are all SO different. There’s not one formula for wardrobe success, or getting your closet where you want it. It is a journey that never ends…