|Well organize, but unnecessarily large closet|
I want a closet I can wear. More importantly, I want a closet that I do wear. Lets say you've looked through your look books, you've found your personal style, you've gone out and bought your personal style, you've got a coordinated closet of skirts, high heels, blouses and blazers. It's beautiful. It's perfect. But it remains untouched. Because you are a yoga instructor and are rarely required to wear office wear.
Your closet should fit your actual daily life- not the daily life you want to have.
If this seems obvious, it is. Does it still require a blog post? It does.
|My closet feels like this sometiems|
For instance: in the past year, I have not worn one pair of high heels. I can't bike in them. I can't walk the requisite mile and a half in them. And yet, half my shoe collection is comprised of unworn high heels because I like the idea of them. While my two pairs of flats and single pair of boots are worn down to almost nothing.
Or, I have three fancy winter coats perfect for going to the opera or the ballet. Yet, I never attended either the opera or the ballet once this past year despite loving the idea of it so much.
These items fit my personal style certainly. They are beautiful, I love how I look in them, but they don't fit my lifestyle and so they go unworn. Does this mean to the donation bin for them? I'm not sure. If there comes a time in my life when I can wear high heels and afford the theater, I'll want these on hand. But in the mean time, one thing I can absolutely do is keep myself first, from buying things I won't wear and second, being on the lookout for things that I would wear on a daily basis.
|A closet full of pretty clothes, might not get worn|
How to do this?
A lifestyle analysis. These are the steps I am taking to try and decide what I need to be on the look out at thrift stores and the like.
1. How do you actually spend your days?
This is a difficult question to answer since I feel as though I am in transition for so many things. For paid and regularly attended commitments, I have two: School and Krav Maga. For the divisions of my days, I attend school, study, hang out with friends, and work on my desk. (As I continue to adjust to my new life, these activities will, hopefully, expand.)
2. What do these activities require in apparel?
Krav Maga: Basic workout clothes: (clean tennis shoes, plain shorts, plain shirt, sports bra) X 2
School: my school is wonderful and allows me a wide variety of clothing for the basic classes. I can go from very casual jeans and a tee shirt, to my more elaborate daily wear. However, the practical classes are a little more strict.
Normal Classes: whatever I want: (Skirt, blouse, shoes, jacket, tights, etc) X4
Practical classes: clothes that aren't restrictive and allow access to general musculature. (Tank top, shorts (or skirt), closed toe shoes, something to cover during the colder months.) X3
Study/ Hanging out/ Work at desk: slightly more casual, comfortable clothes. X 7
3. What other conditions should you take into consideration?
You can include anything you want, but for me this is transportation and weather.
Transportation: since I walk at least a mile every day, my shoes need to be practical. Since, I often bike, I can't wear many hats.
Weather: up north, the winters are bitter and the summers miserable. I need two distinct wardrobes. In the winter, an abundance of overcoats, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters and tights. In the summer, things must be light and flowing.
4. How well does your actual closet fulfill these needs?
My entire wardrobe is geared towards Normal Classes with little regard to transportation though pretty flexible for the weather. I have just enough workout and practicals clothes to last a week, but doing laundry every week would just wear out those pieces too quickly.
5. What needs to go on the shopping list?
From a quick perusal:
~ One pair of black flats.
~ A pair of boots
~ 4-5 new tank tops.
I know it is possible to find all these items in my aesthetic. The tank tops don't have to be practical for work out- they can be richly colored and embellished with lacy details. The shoes can have quirky details. But these will become immediate and instant parts of my wardrobe- not need to be left waiting until I found the right outfit.
It's tempting to create a beautiful wardrobe full of fancy, well matched outfits but only be able to wear it for a fraction of your life. Now that I have a better idea of what my actual daily life requires, I can shift the focus of my wardrobe to have beautiful, matching pieces that I regularly use.
How well does your wardrobe match your lifestyle?