Thursday, 20 February 2014

Making a Dream Wardrobe

For a while now I've been working towards making my ideal wardrobe. Something that has items that work with several other items and, to a degree, trying to think like a well dressed woman out of the 40's or 50's who can't afford to just go and buy stuff willy nilly but has to think and save for each item. I (like everyone one else, I'm sure) get sick of having those days where you open your bursting wardrobe and think, "I have nothing to wear!".  Normally, this would lead to retail therapy and adding more to the ever growing pile of stuff that is 'cute but doesn't go with anything' or 'isn't quite right but close enough for now'. 


I have made a change in my habits and vowed to finally get the wardrobe I want.

My first step in this process was to go through my wardrobe and get rid of all of the clothes that fell into the  'isn't quite right but close enough for now' and 'doesn't fit' categories. The 'cute but doesn't go with anything' category was more of a grey area. It came down to if I loved it and wanted more things like it in my closet, it stayed otherwise I was just as ruthless. Some of the nicer things I've held onto to sell; everything else went to the op shop.

Make no mistake, this was really hard to do. It took several days of getting rid of stuff. It ended up coming down to ignoring all of the sentimentality and saying, "If I'm not going to wear it, it can't stay".

I went through this process two more times with my shoes and then my jewellery. Finally, I was down to just the stuff I like in my closet.

The next step was to work out what I want my closet to look like and what am I missing to turn it into that. This took three draft lists, and hours spent on Pinterest to complete.

Since I also want my wardrobe to be made up of mostly handmade, vintage, and op shop items, it's going to take some time to get the wardrobe I want. However, it also gives me a list of things to make that should get lots of wear and be worth the effort put in.

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