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Guys, I am no style icon. But on occasion people do compliment me on my outfit. Even more so now that I’ve purged my closet of everything I hated and only left items I loved and went well together. (You can read about my closet purge HERE!)
Now when I add anything new to my closet I put it through tougher scrutiny than one of the president’s administration appointments. Below are tips I’ve used to de-clutter my closet, and my make sure anything new I introduced would add to my pretty & simple style.
1. Only keep items you LOVE.
Before I purged my closet I kept around so many ugly shirts and dresses that I hated, but kept because they were easy to clean or I was just too lazy to get rid of.
But what ended up happening is every time I went to my closet I grabbed what was ugly, but easy, and ended up hating my outfit all day. Meanwhile I left things that were cute or did look much better on me in my closet because I didn’t want to have to dry clean it, or because I have this weird guilt about using nice things I buy. Still dealing with that but that’s for another time… 😉
So what kinds of clothing items do I love? Anything pretty, floral, or that makes me feel feminine. Like this fun shirt I just got from Sweet P & Fi with floral accents on the sleeves, pockets and back. It’s also unique and not something everyone has which is why I always get compliments on it.
Sweet P and Fi is an online boutique based in Nebraska which I came across because I saw a fellow blogger friend post a gorgeous open-front sweater from there and as they say, I just “had to have it.” So I bought it and have been hooked on this little boutique ever since.
What defines YOUR style? Is it pretty and feminine? Traditional and neutral? Edgy? If your wardrobe consists of items you love, it can give a boost to your confidence.
These days I practically live in leggings so unfortunately (or do I mean fortunately?) versatility has come to mean, “can be worn with leggings.”
That means long and easy to throw on. For you it might mean a certain texture or color that matches other items in your wardrobe. Whatever versatile means to you, make sure any item you keep or buy can be worn in different ways and with different items.
Now when I go to buy a new article of clothing I ask myself whether it can be worn in different ways, or one more than one occasion, and if the answer is no – I hang it back up and walk away.
3. Neutral color scheme.
A good rule of thumb when building a wardrobe is to fill it with a lot of neutrals. Of course you need that occasional statement shirt or pop of color but if you’re only buying brightly colored pants chances are your co-workers are going to notice if you were your fluorescent green slacks with yellow stripes twice in one week.
But neutrals on the other hand, always play well with others and are always in style.
Also, while cleaning out my closet there were a few items I LOVED, but honestly I never wore because nothing matched them. And it didn’t look like that was going to change soon. So, into the donate bag they went (or to my sister) and out of my closet.
I like things I can just throw on and go! I don’t really like dealing with buttons, ties, or strings. Buttons ups are the worst. Not only because they take a long time to put on, but I never realize my buttons aren’t lined up until around 3pm after I’ve been walking around all day with one side longer than the other. Easy to put on and wear is key to a simple wardrobe.
I won’t name any names, but there are some women’s fashion stores out there that sell cutesy clothes at a very cheap price – but they are also very cheaply made. To build a solid wardrobe you need items that will last, not that you wear once and find a hole in after getting snagged on your office door. You also don’t want items that lose their shape or shrink after one wash.
There is a sweater I bought from Sweet P and Fi that I literally wear once a week and just make sure I’m not around the same people so no one is the wiser. It has held up through I can’t tell you how many outings! (When you’re an introvert going outside your apartment qualifies as as “outing”)
This sweater is no longer available because it was so popular BUT every other item I’ve shown here has just been released and WAIT FOR IT (best informercial voice). If you use the code “PRETTY15” you can get 15% off your entire order at checkout.
Now that – is pretty simple.
How would you describe your style? Let me know in the comments below!
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