Hey hey! Happy 2021! I hope you guys are having a great start to your new year.
Y’all know I love to talk about style and wardrobes. It’s just one of my things, and maybe one day I’ll write a book on it. 😉
But today I really want to share how to give your wardrobe some JOY. I don’t know about you, but I always hope that getting dressed in the morning will be fun and something to look forward to. And shouldn’t our clothes be comfortable and fit well so that our days run smoothly and without worry? I think so!
STEP ONE: PURGE YOUR CLOSET
I always say this, but it’s really true. If it doesn’t fit you, doesn’t make you smile (y’all smile at your clothes, right? Maybe that’s just me), or is suffering the I-made-a-bad-purchase badge, get rid of it. Don’t throw it in the trash! You can give it to a sister, friend, neighbor, thrift store (as long as it’s in good condition; if it’s in a sad ripped state, mend it or turn it into something new), or resell on Poshmark or ThredUp. For the hard items, here are some tips:
- I have fond memories wearing this! Find a picture of you in it, or take a picture of it and save it somewhere where you can find it easily. Also, I’ve seen some people use shadow boxes on sentimental pieces… IDK if that’s your style, but it’s a neat way of saving something.
- It may fit me again one day. Will it? And if that day comes, would you really want to wear it then? If so, keep it somewhere where you’ll see it often to act as a cheerleader. If not, hand it to someone who wears that size.
- I don’t know why I love it. I don’t wear it but I love it and I can’t get rid of it. Keep it in your closet as some décor. (And better yet, remake it into something new like a tote bag. Maybe you just love the color or print and want to incorporate it more!) If it brings you joy, don’t throw it away!
STEP TWO: DISCOVER YOUR STYLE
Oh, great. I don’t really have a style. I just wear a mismatch of items here and there and kinda go from whatever looks good on me.
You might’ve thought that when I said the word ‘style,’ but everyone has a style! You have a preference on colors, right? You have a go-to hairstyle? And shoes or jeans that you wear all the time even though they’re on their last threads?
When I started doing more of a ‘capsule closet,’ I found that I really stick to four colors: blue, pink, black, and white. That isn’t to say I don’t wear other colors. Even if I hadn’t realized it, there were certain prints and colors that I found myself drawn to while shopping.
Here’s a tip: If you don’t know what colors you DO like, start with the ones you DON’T like.
For instance, I really don’t like wearing bright or neon colors, or even dark jade tones in purple or green, but I do know that I love pastels and neutrals.
As well as colors, there are also elements to clothes that some of us do and do not like. For instance, I’m drawn to ¾ sleeves rather than sleeveless or ruffled sleeves. I like boat necks and higher scoop necks rather than V-necks or turtlenecks. I love midi skirts rather than maxis. Wrap maxi dresses rather than mini dresses. You can go on and on. 😉
Think of words that go with your clothes that you wear. Recently, for a friend, I put together a Pinterest board for her style inspiration. I thought a lot about her style and found these words fit her: delicate, feminine, layered, and relaxing.
And, pay attention to what you wear most! Is it the fabric or the cut? What’s on repeat in your closet? This shows you some key signs to your style.
p.s. Pinterest is a great place to find style inspiration! I love creating boards for seasons and styles.
STEP THREE: FIGURE OUT WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY
Ok. Maybe chocolate brings you joy. Maybe babies do, or puppies, or sunshine. You’re probably thinking, um, how do I incorporate that into my clothes?
If you love the summertime, maybe you’re drawn to the ocean and you have nautical vibes like linen shorts and striped tees. Maybe you love chocolate and books, so you dress in cardigans and layers. Maybe you love dogs and just love the simple loose jeans and sweatshirt look.
Ok, yes I may be stereotyping people- BUT, sometimes those joys can be easily incorporated into our wardrobes. I sometimes wonder if the girl wearing the beret dreams of Paris, or the one carrying the leather backpack likes to explore and loves mountains.
Clothes tell more about someone than we realize!
STEP FOUR: INVEST IN THOSE TIMELESS PIECES
There’s always a certain outfit or style that I’m eager to try (like this or anything Roolee), but with me being a thrifter, it takes time and patience to stumble upon those key pieces.
If there’s a timeless piece that you know you’ll wear and use forever, invest in a well-built quality piece and wear it often!
It’ll bring you a lot of joy to wear something that you really truly love, and you won’t be tempted to keep buying and keep up with the trends.
STEP FIVE: CURATE YOUR CLOSET AND KEEP EXPLORING
Step out of your comfort zone and try some new things! That is the easiest way to start adding more joy to your wardrobe.
Don’t go with the trends, but rather find your own style and your own pieces that bring you joy. I love shopping in a thrift store because I can find SO many different styles and different pieces, rather than a typical store which does not have the variety. Even if thrifting isn’t your thing, keep a look out for the aisles you’re most drawn into while in different stores. Curate your closet to match your needs and keep your mind open.
And that’s just about it! If you have a closet full of clothes and it just feels absolutely overwhelming, take a deep breath, turn on some music, and get to it. There’s no time like the present to add joy to your wardrobe!
What’re some ways you make your wardrobe cheerful and bright?
// hadassah ❤ //