So, it has been forever since my previous post on building a curated wardrobe (Less is More: The Curated Wardrobe) but in hopes to make up for the delay I am providing the next TWO steps of my process: Clean Your Slate and Build from the Bottom Up.
You have done your research (Wardrobe 101 Step 1: Do Your Research); at this point you should have a pretty good idea of the objectives you have for building your wardrobe and what particular actions need to be taken to get there. Not so much? DON’T WORRY. These next steps will help you find more definition, starting with Step 2: Clean Your Slate.
This part of a wardrobe overhaul is easy for some and truly not so easy for others, but it MUST be done. If you have no problem parting with your clothes/accessories, now is the time to go through your closet and ditch everything that is holding you back. Get rid of anything that is not a 10 on your personal wardrobe scale. Yes, a perfect 10. Considerations? Fit, function, and personal style should be key points in making your decisions.
If your closet is in as bad of shape as mine is, a different exercise might be more appropriate: instead of throwing out everything that is not a perfect 10, go through what you have and pull out the pieces that are your best in this respect. Maybe these are items you have invested in or consider to be a true reflection of your style. Whichever the case, be selective because these will be the focal points of your future wardrobe. This technique of pulling key items and looks is used by professionals, and in practicality is a more lenient way to help you refine your wardrobe over time.
When I pulled my key items, I ended up with 10-15 pieces and most were classics like a black suiting vest, a white button down, and a pair of suede shorts. Cupcakes and Cashmere (see link below) has a great article about utilizing a clothing rack, including some awesome photos:
This is what it should look like when you do this exercise: clean, simple, and a showcase of your ultimate wardrobe items.
To summarize step 2 in building a curated wardrobe basically: cut the crap and have no mercy (I’m serious!). A messy and cluttered closet is a distraction and will only end up limiting your options instead of the opposite. We need to begin with a clean slate. When this step is complete you will be better able to envision and plan your wardrobe, and your closet will thank you for it.
Please look for my next post in the series:
WARDROBE 101 STEP 3: BUILD FROM THE BOTTOM UP (coming ASAP!)