This is our wardrobe. Please ignore the untidy bit at the top, I haven't got round to it yet. Half is mine. The rest is Rev T's. Neither of us is sharing. This is another post for Self Improvement January, a short series on living right. This post is on making the most of the clothes in your wardrobe. Other posts in this series include money and healthy living.
To keep my side of the wardrobe organised, limit my consumption and get value for my money whilst ensuring I always have lovely things to wear, I'm doing the The Five Piece Challenge. (Also known as the French Wardrobe).
This is working well for me, but if you feel it's not for you, there are other means to the same ends:
- The Capsule Wardrobe. A collection of carefully selected clothes that work together for a time (Winter, Summer etc) or reason (work, home). Capsules include as much or as little as you like. Most users don't include basics, underwear or specialist items like sports clothes or evening dress. Loads more about this on Unfancy. Probably the source for advice on doing this.
- One in, One Out. Simplest as there is only one rule. For every item that goes in the wardrobe, something has to come out.
- The French Wardrobe / Five Piece Challenge. A quick reminder of what this for those who can't be bothered with clicking on the link. This may not even be French. It's a core collection of classic basics that's expanded each season by no more than 5 new pieces. Basics, underwear, socks, accessories and second-hand clothes don't count. Shoes, bags and coats do. Private Life of Girl has a great guide to starting a minimal wardrobe.
|Pine for Me Tunic Dress from Mistral|
Having talked about how I organise my wardrobe, you might wonder if I had any suggestions about what to put in it. And the answer is, "Er ... No". I wear clothes that make me feel good and make me feel confident. My usual criteria for deciding what to wear each day is:
- Does it make me feel confident? Does putting it on make me feel like singing and dancing?
- Is it comfortable? Is it appropriate for what I'll be doing that day? Work, rest or play.
- Will it be warm enough?
- Can I layer it if the answer to 4 is, "Not sure ..."
- Is it clean?!
How do you manage your wardrobe and decide what to wear each day?
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