A full closet

I tried the capsule wardrobe idea a little ways back, using the Cladwell app.

I needed some direction on what looks good on my body.  I’ve been a consumer who purchases clothing based on what I *think* is the right shape, only to look back at photos and sigh.

Why can’t I ever get it right?

Upon examining further, the very few times that I’ve liked how I look, years later, is when I’m wearing something very simple, clean lines, and unique – something not bought at a big box store.

So, the Cladwell app.  It helped me to donate over three quarters of my wardrobe.  But, once I was done doing the clean out, I didn’t need it anymore.  It helped me to identify what I wanted to keep in my wardrobe, but after that, I found that it didn’t answer my question:

What looks good on me?

Answer: Try on clothes, in a store, to find out. CRINGE.  You won’t know how it looks until you are looking at it, on your body.

Gearing up for spring, I’ve got a Yes/No list:

  1. Clean out everything that doesn’t meet these requirements:
    • Is it from a local boutique? Y/N
      • If (No), can it stand on its own and *feel* timeless, not cookie cutter?
      • If (Yes), good on ya
    • Is it highly designed?
      • Does it have a unique shape?
      • Does it have a unique color?
      • Does it have a unique pattern?
    • Does it make you feel good about your body?
  2. Only purchase if the following are met:
    • Is it locally sourced, or designed enough to stand on its own?
    • Is it unique in shape, color or pattern?
    • Does it make you feel good about your body?
    • Can it be worn in multiple situations?
      • If (No), name 5 times where you could wear it and feel comfortable
      • If (Yes), good on ya
    • Can it be worn with more than one pair of shoes?
      • If (No), review the multiple situations question above
      • If (Yes), good on ya
    • Can it be layered?
      • If (No), review the multiple situations question above
        • I’m constantly putting on and taking off layers.  Know this in advance (about yourself) before shopping.
      • If (Yes), good on ya
  3. After reviewing all of the criteria, review your weekly monetary budget.  Is it a purchase that needs to be made? If so, it doesn’t matter the cost. Seriously. If not, don’t purchase.
    • BONUS: IF you do LOVE IT, buy MULTIPLE OF IT

I find that going through this process helps me to really evaluate, honestly, whether I need to use my money on a piece of clothing, or if I’m just trying to satisfy a craving for something new.

Filling a hole in your heart with clothing is like filling a cup with sand, when you just wanted a drink of water.

 

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