For such a long time I wished I was one of those women who was organised enough to plan her outfits for the week.
I imagined stress free mornings – ones where I never ran late again. I pictured myself reaching into my wardrobe and pulling out the perfect ensemble – accessories and all. I dreamed of a world that didn’t involve trying on eight tops in an attempt to get the proportions right. I envisioned freedom from both indecision and the infuriating practice of rifling through my wardrobe looking for an item that was – inevitably – buried at the bottom of my laundry basket.
So, eventually, I chased the dream.
But it turned out that outfit planning just wasn’t very me.
Even when I was disciplined enough to find the time over the weekend to plan out what I was wearing for a week, most of the time I wouldn’t actually end up wearing the outfits I’d chosen.
You see, I really enjoy dressing to complement the mood I want to create.
Some days I wake up feeling creative and I know that I will do a stack of writing both at work and in my leisure time. On those days, I might wear something quirky (and interestingly, flat shoes, despite my corporate environment). Other days I might be needing to have a tricky conversation at work and want to feel super confident. If that’s the case, I’ll be looking for a pencil skirt and heels. Alternatively, the situation might call for the more relaxed vibe that only a monochrome outfit can fill for me.
But, pleasingly, wanting to dress for your mood or your intention doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the dream of easy dressing mornings. There is an alternative solution.
Enter the curated wardrobe, where every piece plays well with others and delights you with a smorgasbord of choices depending on how you are feeling on any given day.
Now let’s be clear. A curated wardrobe is quite different to a capsule wardrobe. General internet wisdom informs us that a capsule wardrobe – something I’ve never quite mastered – requires you to limit the number of pieces you can choose from. The curated wardrobe, on the other hand, doesn’t look to dictate a set amount of items at your disposal. But it does require discipline of a different sort (and you do still have to keep your laundry up-to-date).
My Three Step Guide To Creating A Curated Wardrobe
Step One. Know What Suits You
In order to fill your wardrobe with pieces that co-ordinate well, it is handy to understand which styles and colours suit your unique body shape and colouring best.
It will be these pieces that will see you stepping out each day with a spring in your step and increased confidence. And not that you need the external validation but you will also get more compliments when you continually wear clothing that truly suits you.
Furthermore, building a wardrobe around a colour palette that enhances your features also increases the opportunity to mix and match items. This not only cuts down on orphaned clothing but also increases the amount of wear your clothing is likely to get.
Step Two. Only Buy Pieces You Adore
In some ways, this tip is an extension of Step One. When you love every piece in your wardrobe it is a delight to get dressed every day. All you need to do is consider your desires for the day and choose a much loved piece accordingly. It also likely to get your creativity going as you are more likely to want to mix and match all of your beloved pieces.
The opposite is also true. If you stare into your wardrobe and see pieces that you only feel half-hearted about you are unlikely to feel inspired as you prepare for your day. And you probably won’t end up wearing half your clothes either – you’ll always tend to reach for a piece you really adore.
Step Three. Invest Wisely
There is nothing worse than falling in love with a piece of clothing only to have it pill or worse, fall apart at the seams. Investing in quality is a must for building a curated wardrobe. Not only will you be more likely to get years of wear from your wardrobe, generally speaking your clothing will just look better on you.
And that’s it. Easy dressing days ahead. I promise.
Are you one of those lucky women who can plan out their outfits? Or is a curated wardrobe more appealing? Either way, I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
And until next time – au revoir.