In the 4 years that I've been a personal stylist, I've seen many closets - everything from tiny wardrobes to dressing spaces the size of a studio apartment. And while I shop for a living, I actually believe that less is more and you don't need a lot of clothes to look stylish. Instead, what you need are the RIGHT clothes.
Having a pared down wardrobe has many benefits. With less physical and mental clutter, getting dressed isn't overwhelming. Rather than having tons of clothes you never wear, you'll have fewer pieces that you love and look great on you. It can be surprising to learn how powerful this cleansing process is.
In her book "The Happiness Project" Gretchen Rubin writes, "...as I adjusted to my half-empty closet, I noticed a paradox: although I had far fewer clothes in front of me, I felt as though I had more to wear."
In other words, fewer items of the right clothing makes getting dressed more fulfilling.
Read below for my 5 step guide to having less clothes in your closet.
HOW TO CURATE YOUR WARDROBE SO YOU HAVE LESS CLOTHES
1. LESS IS MORE.
We wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time, which means there's excess junk that never gets worn. Alternatively, you should be wearing every seasonal item in your wardrobe with high frequency.
2. CURATED, NOT CLUTTERED.
Shop strategically and avoid over-buying because having too much clothes creates stress and confusion. Look for pieces that are versatile and can be worn different ways.
3. LET GO & CONSIGN.
When a piece of clothing is no longer right for you, let it go. If you haven't worn it in the past year, it's probably time.
Having less clothes feels better. Fewer options means effortless decisions, less mental clutter, and a seamless morning routine.
5. MINDFUL SHOPPING.
Shop with intention and be mindful of what you're buying. Online shopping is great and it's convenient but a lot of mistakes happen when you're clicking away. Instead of checking out immediately, let the item sit in the cart overnight and think it over.
One of my New Year's resolutions is to buy less and I didn't buy any clothes or shoes during the month of January. Without adding new items, I focused on thinking creatively about my existing clothes by mixing them up into different outfits. The end result? A deeper appreciation for my current wardrobe and the realization that not shopping for 30 days is surprisingly satisfying!
Remember, the right clothes make all the difference.
If you're ready for a new approach to your personal style and looking for a curated wardrobe, give me a call. I'd love to help!
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