I have been influenced so much by consumerism and recently, I became determined to seek intentionality in my closet. I find it important to stop buying things I don't need and buy only what I will love and wear.
For example, I used to buy things I liked on others only to find out I didn't like it on myself. I realized needed to discover MY personal colors, patterns, and fits to be more intentional in my wardrobe and style (both now and going forward). I want to share the method I used to create my own personal cozy capsule.
First, some definitions:
Bases – usually the color(s) of most of your solid items. If you have many solid pants and tops in one color it's likely one of your bases.
Mains – the second most plentiful other than your bases. If you wear a lot of patterns, this is the primary color of the item.
Accents – these tend to show up in your patterns (as the lines in stripes or flannel, the flowers in florals, the circles of polka dots, etc) or items you use to add extra color to your outfits. For me, these are usually the last thing I add to a look. An iconic example of an accent is red shoes, a red purse and red lipstick. But sometimes they are subtler.
If you've ever looked at Van Gogh's "Starry Night"....his base (background) is blue, his main (most used after base) is black, and his accents are white and yellow to bring extra pops of color to the composition.
Let’s get to curating!
1. Pull out everything you wear the most often and set them aside (If your job requires you to wear a specific look, create a separate pile for work clothes. Do not factor them into the following steps)
2. Pull out all other clothing and separate by type (shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, shoes)
3. Go through each pile and get rid of anything you never wear (it's been a full year since you last wore it), don't like to wear, doesn't fit, isn’t flattering (try it on and ask your s/o or friends if you are unsure) or is damaged beyond your ability to repair. Be gentle but honest with yourself.
4. Sort everything remaining – including the favorite items you set aside earlier – by color (if it's a pattern, go with the primary color of the item)
5. From the piles you have, register your personal colors and determine which are your bases, your mains, and your accents.
This is where your style starts to become more unique to you versus a typical capsule wardrobe you see in pictures. My bases are black, denim, and olive green (yes, olive green in pants, tops and jackets!), while my mains are maroon and navy, and my accents are burnt orange and white (I love white but I can't pull it off as a base, so it's almost always present in my patterns which makes it an accent).
6. Now that you've determined your colors, I recommend getting rid of anything that doesn't fit one of those categories… because you likely don't or won’t wear it often. You need to own at least 3 items in one color for it to be worth keeping in your wardrobe.
7. If you want to take it a step further, apply steps 4 and 6 again to your patterns. I'm mostly a stripes and flannel girl myself, with a few small floral prints and Aztec patterns. If I own a pattern I rarely wear, it's likely not truly my style and I should get rid of it.
8. Extra credit: take note of the fits you're drawn to wearing. I love empire waist dresses, flowy tunic tops, skinny leg jeans, V-neck t-shirts, and loose fit flannels paired with tank tops.
9. Put everything back in your closet in a way that makes sense to you. If you organize by color, type of clothing, etc, go for it. I organize by type and then keep my workout stuff, t-shirts, and leggings separate and in drawers like my undergarments. Maybe you like the idea of bases, mains, and accents and keep your clothes separated that way.
Knowing your colors, patterns, and fits will help you stop spending money on whatever is trendy and start curating a closet that is YOU. Knowledge is power!
This method won't get you to the 33-item wardrobe overnight, but it's helpful knowing what YOU like so you can stop buying items you won't wear regularly. I'm a Cozy Minimalist, so I believe I should use it regularly, love it, or need it for it to stay.
Be intentional when putting together your closet. Approaching it like decorating or an art piece instead of "this is cute," "I like this trend" or "this is a good deal" and more "this is totally me."
Have fun curating!