How I Changed My Wardrobe

I posted Β 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! πŸ™‚

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 9.05.53 AM

 

The Color Choice

I chose black as my main neutral because that is a color I have loved for a while, but also becauseΒ 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!)

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 9.04.01 AM

The Style Choice

Once my main color and base line were decided, I needed to focus on Β 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.

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 9.09.55 AM

The Eliminating

After I did all that organization, Β I decided to donate. We have a few local places that accept donations (likeΒ GoodwillΒ )Β which I used, but recently (when I did a second run-through of my closet) I decided to give to aΒ great organization calledΒ SchoolaΒ . 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.

wpid-2015-10-30-20.27.24.png.png

 

 

 

Advertisements

Why I Wear Black

“Why do you wear so much black?”

This is the most common statement I have been hearing in the last few months as I have transitioned from bright colors to black, grays, and other neutrals.*

Some people have found this to be a little different, but others have made the change Β before me to neutral colored clothes for a variety of reasons. To help explain my transition to darker colorsΒ I have put together a list of the reasons why I have started eliminating colors from my closet.

  • I can’t match colors.Β Let’s be real. I have a really hard time matching my clothes. I used to be better, but as I have started having less and less time, I can’t take a whole day to plan outfits that match perfectly together. Only having colors that all match each other helps me to match outfits. I no longer have to find the perfect shirt that matches that vest or my bright patterned pants (why did I think that I would ever have success with THOSE?) because all my clothes literally already match everything else. So basically… I am now a fashionista. (jk JK)Β Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 9.53.38 AM

 

  • Saves me SO much time. I am student teaching and my mentor teacher was telling me about how people try to have uniforms with their everyday clothes. (Think Dwight on The Office– Mustard shirt, olive tie, brown suit… EVERY EPISODE.) Well I looked this crazy thing up, and it turns out that there is a study about how intelligent people in society all have uniforms. Apparently, getting rid of this one decision helps these people to get ready without stress and thenΒ they can focus on more important things other than clothes. I have to say this is totally true for me. Having to dress as a professional now vs like a college student makes me have to spend more time getting ready in the mornings. With all of my clothes being neutrals and already matching, I don’t have to plan outfits or spend time picking out my clothes at all. I can just throw them on and go. (Which I LOVE.)

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 9.54.14 AM

 

  • I am saving money.Β I am an impulse buyer. I love pretty things, and I love how the stores display them. I am any retailer’s dream because I totally buy into staging and lighting and atmosphere. When I made the decision to only buy neutrals, it totally changed my shopping habits. I no longer make impulse buys because the things I would be buying wouldn’t match anything that IΒ already own.Β I don’t even look at bright clothes or patterns in stores because I don’t need them. I also don’t feel the need to buy a whole outfit when I buy a new shirt anymore, because I have tons of clothes that already match it at home.

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 10.48.55 AM

  • I like black.Β I really do. When I was in high school and middle school, my favorite outfits were the dark colors with black and white patterns. I love the overall style of dark clothes like skinny jeans, cat-eye makeup, and dark nails. When I got older I tried to experiment with more color, but now I am circling back to black because it just feels more like me. All the options that come with black clothing are amazing. An outfit could be classy, grungy, cutesy, vintage, etc. with just wearing black and other neutrals. Wearing black allows me to experiment with different outfits.

 

happy

I love this new lifestyle and I have to say, the transition was pretty simple for me. (But that is a post for the future!) What about you? Do you only wear certain colors or do you go all in? Be sure to let me know what you think!

Much love. Much grace.

wpid-2015-10-30-20.27.24.png.png

*One of the first blog postsΒ I wrote about a year ago talked about why I wear flower crowns and cat tees. Let me just say that I still do, but I only wear them if it matches my “new” wardrobe.