I was so inspired by Kristin’s recent decluttering series, I plan to write some posts about how I’ve applied the principles to my own life over the past 2 months. It’s truly been life-changing!
One of the first areas I tackled was my closet. I try to do a big purge every couple of years, but I needed to do my biggest purge yet because:
- I buy very few clothes for myself now that I also have to buy clothes for the kids, so most of the clothes in my closet are 4+ years old. I even had a couple of items from high school yikes!
- My body has changed post 2 kids. Even though I weigh about the same, a lot of my clothes just don’t fit the way they used to.
- Most of my clothes fit a lifestyle that I just don’t have anymore post-kids. When I worked in the wedding industry, I went to a lot of events that required dressing up. These days my uniform is 100% casual, 99% of the time.
I ended up donating more than 70% of my wardrobe to the Salvation Army, and I’m still not done purging!
During the process, I realized that I wanted a capsule wardrobe — a collection of a few essential items of clothing that won’t go out of style that can be updated with seasonally appropriate pieces. Most of the items in my closet like cocktail dresses were not versatile and only had one use. Like Kristin, I wanted to have some outfits that I loved and could wear over and over again, rather than a large wardrobe where most of the pieces didn’t get worn regularly.
So I turned our resident fashion guru Brandy for some help in revamping my wardrobe. She pulled together 18 fall wardrobe essentials, and shared how they can be styled into different outfits below!