I went down the blog rabbit hole and am not sure how I ended up at the Unfancy minimalist fashion blog. Now she might be a very famous blogger and I’m just late to the party! But reading her thought process and how she minimized her wardrobe was very interesting and well-explained. I related immediately to her capsule wardrobe planning spreadsheet and am eager to fill it out. I tried to start wardrobe planning before using the Wardrobe Architect series by Colette Patterns, but I found it asked too many questions upfront. I’m not ready to describe my wardrobe in three words, but I can write down which items of clothing I constantly reach for.
My Baby Steps for Wardrobe Planning/Editing:
- Create two boards on Pinterest – One for Actual Wardrobe and one for Aspirational Wardrobe. Actual Wardrobe – I will pin what I constantly wear day-to-day, and in Aspirational I will pin items of clothing I love and wish I actually wore day to day. My boards are currently private since I want to suss out what I wear versus what I wish I wore – but I can tell immediately my aspirational wardrobe is full of dresses and ladylike elegant looks, but what I wear a lot is grey, black pants and stripes. So there is a disconnect! And I have to try and reconcile the differences – either by owning up to what I’ll actually wear, or by making an effort to wear more dresses.
- Fill out the Capsule Wardrobe Spreadsheet from Unfancy
- What sparks joy? Try some of Marie Kondo’s principles. For example, I have many free t-shirts from workouts and runs, which I wear at home since I don’t want to buy clothing for home use. But my mishmashed home wardrobe doesn’t give me joy. Maybe I should step my home wardrobe game up, and recycle some of these shirts since I don’t think anyone would buy them if I gave them to Goodwill!
- Stop buying fabric online! I don’t buy much clothing these days, mostly because I can make my own clothing. But I view fabric buying in a different light from clothes shopping, and if there is a fabric sale I am susceptible – but I may not like the fabric once it ships to me. I’m putting a ban on myself to stop opening fabric emails for a few months. Once I finalize my wardrobe gaps, I’ll buy in person and on Blackbird Fabrics only. Blackbird Fabrics is an online shop has a great curated selection and accurate descriptions of fabrics.
- Read the Curated Closet – I have it on hold on the library