I posted a few weeks ago that I have transitioned from bright colors and patterns to a minimalistic wardrobe of black, grays, and other neutrals. Like I said in the previous post, this transition was super easy, and even enjoyable, for me. I realize that for some people this may be stressful or difficult, so I decided to try to share my process and experience with you!
The very first thing I want to mention is that I did not go out an buy new clothes. You don’t have to BUY a new wardrobe to focus the colors you are wearing. People tend to have certain colors they buy more of, and that is the color to go with. No sweat! You don’t have to buy anything! 🙂
The Color Choice
I chose black as my main neutral because that is a color I have loved for a while, but also because I had more black clothes than the other colors. With black being my main color, I decided to just keep all the other neutrals as well making my baseline for my new closet. I kept kaki pants, jeans, and a few accessories that were not neutral but could accent it easily. (Also, I kept all my workout outfits. I love getting these in color because I do yoga pretty often and have started going to the gym and needed all the workout clothes I had! Plus, it allows for some color-wearing time haha!)
The Style Choice
Once my main color and base line were decided, I needed to focus on what “look” I was going for. I knew I needed clothes for two categories: professional and everyday. For choosing my professional outfits this was pretty easy because I had already bought my clothes in neutrals so I just kept all of them. (I don’t have a crazy amount of professional clothes…oops!) My personal style is much more difficult. To be honest, my preferences of clothes varies day-by-day so I kept the pieces that I love no matter what. I kept some tan lace shirts, my leather jacket, and some band tee-shirts that sadly aren’t black, but I will definitely wear again. (and already have!) Obviously I had to keep a few colorful items out of necessity. BUT they are pieces that go with my neutral baseline and I am not allowing myself to buy anymore of these colorful accents until the others are worn too much to wear or need to be fixed.
After I did all that organization, I decided to donate. We have a few local places that accept donations (like Goodwill ) which I used, but recently (when I did a second run-through of my closet) I decided to give to a great organization called Schoola . Schoola is AMAZING. Being an education major I am all about supporting local schools and giving to those kiddos. When you donate or purchase through Schoola, you get quality, gently-used clothes that when purchased donates a percentage of money to the school of YOUR CHOICE. That’s right folks, you choose what school gets your money! How cool is that?! They are even supporting the Malala Fund when you buy specific clothes as well!
I am sure none of these “tips” are all that surprising, and they really shouldn’t be. Changing out your entire closet can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it really doesn’t have to be.
Have you changed out your wardrobe? Are there things I could be doing to further help the process? Let me know!
Much love. Much grace.