My closet received a significant spring cleaning last week. I spent most of the day trying on every blouse, knit top, and pair of pants for the warmer months. (I edited the winter garments last fall.) Here is the last post I did about organizing the wardrobe.
Loud colors, most of the items in polyester fabric, ill-fitting garments, some handbags, and a few shoes had to go. If the tops pulled across the bust or the legs of the pants were too tight, the garments were boxed up for donation. If the day bags were never large enough to hold what I need and the shoes hurt my feet, out they went.
Styles change, and I do too. After careful review, many tops, pants, and jackets are on their way to new homes. The remaining blouses, shirts, and tanks fit my current needs. These items provide the styling options to wear them dressed up or down in an endless array of combinations.
I wear a tank top or camisole under a jacket or cardigan nearly every day in spring and fall. Tanks serve as a warm first layer in winter. Owning several in white keeps me from having to do laundry every other day.
The cashmere and merino wool sweaters, cardigans, and Clara Sunwoo tops are on another rail. (I hang lightweight sweaters inside out so that the shoulder bumps are on the inside.) I’ve already washed and put away the turtlenecks and bulky cardigans. I store them folded in a drawer with small cedar planks (to deter moths) during warm weather.
Scarves and cashmere wraps are folded and hung on felted hangers so that I can easily see them. Swimsuits are at the end of the rail. I often use a fifty-one-inch scarf as a sarong over a swimsuit. Scarves are infinitely useful, and they do not date, so I rarely edit those.
Handbags are stuffed with their dust bags filled with tissue paper. The hat boxes on the top shelves hold hats.
Since last summer, I have added a few dresses and ruanas to my collection. I am wearing one of my favorite ruanas in the post here. When I wear jeans and a tank, I always add a lightweight cardigan or a ruana. The coverage gives me a confidence boost since I’ve never enjoyed showing a lot of skin. On the hottest days, dresses are my best option. I search for cotton, linen, or rayon blends.
I donated a few jackets that weren’t right for me now that I mostly wear flats or low block heels. A long jacket with wider leg pants and flat shoes can make me look very short and wide.
I kept garments that fit properly, in mostly natural fabrics and neutral colors that flatter me. Many of the items work with each other for maximum mixing and matching. If something I am considering purchasing doesn’t fit within the priorities above, I’ll pass. The remaining wardrobe reflects the woman I am now and serves all of my current lifestyle needs.
The jacket in the photos below is an example of a style I can wear with most of the jeans and slacks in my closet. (It is doubtful I will ever wear this in a double-denim look, but if I did, it would only be with dark wash jeans.) The more tailored lines are very flattering for my shape, and it suits my taste. This jacket is one of my favorite purchases in a long while.
Some styles no longer felt right for me this year, so I edited the items that don’t fit my current shape, style, or who I am now. I do not keep things that I constantly put on and then remove to wear something else. Each time I look at them, I am reminded that I have not worn the items or used them in a long time. That constant reminder is depressing. The customers at the local charity shop will benefit from the barely used items I donated.
If you edit nearly new items, you may want to resell them on Poshmark, Thredup, or eBay. Goodwill Donation Centers will accept textiles for recycling. I bag anything that is damaged or stained and mark it for recycling only.
I hope that sharing my wardrobe organization and shopping tips helps you determine what serves your needs best.
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