I'm gonna need more hangers.

fiona green [the coveteur] :: kate foley [refinery29]

I want a wardrobe that consists solely of dearly loved items that give me joy to wear. Objects that I always look forward to wearing – I’m quite sure such a wardrobe is utterly attainable.

-Dead Fleurettes

while i don’t follow her manifesto of stark and disciplined minimalism, i was completely taken with what she said here. its so simple but something i never considered to the fullest: its not just about having pretty things, many things, things things, but things that are precious to me. that should be sufficient and enduring. if i would just avoid acquiring unnecessary things, i could have more of the kinds of pieces i’ve always wanted. with this goal in mind, eliminating everything in between has become easier. it took a lot of tumblr viewing, a lot of closet photos to realize it makes me kind of nauseous to see those vast walk in closets, shoe racks piled high with barely worn louboutins. i don’t want that anymore. i’d love to have a humble collection of my favorites and my go-tos, as pictured above, and that’s what i’m going to continue to go for.

side note: owning less does pose an interesting paradox however, as posed by The Guardian: it doesn’t absolve you of your material attachment. you’re still fixated on “stuff.” meh, i’m ok with that. i just want stuff that i actually like.

for more closet inspiration, you can check out my tumblr (same name, hehe), stylelikeu, and the selby, among countless others.

 

past, present, purgatory [wayne tippets, vanessa jackman, altamira]

My greatest belief about clothes is that style does not come to you unless you pay attention to it.

-Amanda Brooks, I Love Your Style

i like defining things, especially my style, because it gives me a foundation to base future choices off of, however i often like too many styles and it changes even faster than fashion seasons. but i’m perfectly content with that.

so i have to constantly have these periods of reflection. amanda brooks book was surprisingly helpful in this department and while i don’t find her intellectually stimulating, her categorization of definable vs. indefinable styles was particularly helpful in my differentiation process. in terms of definables, i tend to deffer to classic/minimalist tendencies, often simultaneously. indefinables are less about specific structures, but rather underlying principles. i tend to be quite girlish with boyish/punkish backlash. overall, i’d say playfully put-together still defines me fairly well.

that said, this step in closet curating will forever be ongoing and i don’t feel entirely comfortable setting all of that in stone because i’d hate to limit myself, even in the broad scope of the indefinable category. i’d rather just be free to explore all of them. i realize that it’s contrary to what i said about enjoying the defining process, but that’s the way i operate: i’m an extremist and i oscillate constantly. i believe it is important to analyze yourself to get to the essence of how your style works and not just it’s components.

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dress [kensie]

The new luxury is a small wardrobe.

- Fashionising

i had been inspired before by A Pair and a Spare‘s post about “wardrobe rehab” and Dead Fleurette‘s general high standards for quality and wearability in her clothes to attempt some of those things on my own. however, i feel like rehab just cleans things up for the next binge and too much restraint stifles any sort of creative play with clothing, both of which are on very paralyzing ends of the closet clearing spectrum. it’s just like crash dieting for me; it never sticks, no matter how hard i swear by it each summer. i’ll do the same thing: put stuff on ebay, buy more shit later. it’s not just a cycle anymore, it’s a sucking vortex. i’ve accepted it for a long time that i’m a compulsive shopper–after all it is in the name of this blog–even qualified it as a quirk and valued it at times. and i’ve always thought it was ok because i have my own sense of style, i follow trends, but at my own pace and to my own tastes. though i do in fact feel that way about my style, i have developed some hateful feelings towards my spendthrift ways and that it has fossilized the following problems:

  1. cheap clothing with lousy quality – you heard me f21, uo. in fact all fast fashion is guilty of this, h&m, zara, asos included. you lure me in with your cheap prices, which i used to be all about for the cheap thrills, but i can’t stand the crap quality and fit anymore.
  2. over-invested trend pieces – i have obsessive tendencies and when i go for a trend, i really go for it. which is why i have a bagillion pleated skirts i dont wear anymore and tons of plastic bracelets from “those” days. i bought these things because it feels like a wardrobe basic, but its not. it’s just a parasite and i can’t seem separate the difference.
  3. impulse purchases/buying “unique” items – these are those things that are so special i never consider where i’ll wear them. often times i have no trouble making up an occasion, but when i’m goo-goo eyed for something pretty faced, i don’t often think about it. i just want them just to have them and i get it. it’s a problem.
  4. sale items – augh. i’m a sucker for a sale. i think i’m getting a good deal, which i probably am, but not often in the long run, because there is no long run for more of my sale things, it’s a sit there.

the idea of possessing something easily fills a void in my life at the moment and it is infuriatingly satisfying. the long term result though is just a frustrated me and yet another yearly wardrobe overhaul. its a mess. yes, i love dabbling in new looks, but i need to be more methodical and selective. i just didn’t know how to control myself, at any price point.

i read Fashionising’s article about “the curated wardrobe” and it just struck me how i should be going about fixing my wardrobe quaries. i don’t just want to clear out old clothes: i want a curated wardrobe, my own curated wardrobe (i just like alliteration so my feature will named thusly. nyah). fashionising hasn’t written their method to this wardrobe curating process yet (note to fashionising: follow up on that foreplay and get on that shit!), so i decided to meditate on my own. after trying methods prescribed by magazines and favorite bloggers alike, i’ve concluded that it’s pretty important that people not follow other people’s methods blindly, but tailor one for themselves. this is a deeply personal thing, and while friends and family can help, you are ultimately the one wearing the clothes, so nothing else matters except your final word. here’s my current working model, which is based off of A Pair and A Spare’s and will be expanded upon:

  1. Defining personal style
  2. Visualizing dream wardrobe
  3. Culling and Purging
  4. Re-organizing
  5. Determining Essentials and Trends
  6. Refocusing shopping

what you see in the photo is my closet in the step 3/4 phase. i’m jumping around to all of these steps because it takes a lot of time and self-reflection to cure consumerism.