A few months ago I shot my wardrobe for I Love Fashion News. For their report I concentrated fully on the essentials. I collected all of the things I thought I will still wear in a couple of years, or can’t do without right now. That report got a lot of positive response. Most striking comment? “That closet looks amazing! I really love your French / Scandinavian style.”
Flattering, but not really the truth. After all, all of the clutter didn’t show. And this made me think, “Why is all that clutter even there?!” I honestly couldn’t think of a good answer.
Don’t I want to be more like Emmanuelle Alt, or Elin Kling? Effortlessly chic and natural? As if I woke up and threw something together in only two minutes? Of course! Better yet, I’d love to get ready in just two minutes! But therefore change had to be made.
First step, a closet clean out. Items that stayed? Things that could be combined with at least three other items, already in my closet. Everybody has those skirts, pants or whatevers you’d totally wear. But only with that one perfect jacket/top/bottom, and – guess what – you might not even own that one perfect piece yet. So, toss.
And what about those items that look super good, but not on you? Those shoes you really can’t walk on? That dress that wrinkles so badly, it barely covers your butt anymore at the end of the night? And how about those items that need to be worn under a jacket, but do not fit properly underneath any of the ones you own? Toss.
What I ended up with? A closet full with super versatile items. Yes, full. I have no idea where I used to store all of my clothes before. Getting dressed barely needs any thoughts anymore when I get up in the morning. Because I already know that shirt goes perfect with that vest, or that jacket, or whatever else in my closet. And they both go quite good with those pants, or that skirt or… well, anything really.
It’s a relief. I don’t even need to go shopping anymore! Of course I will, but more about that in “I Wanna Be French”, part deux!