Let’s start by taking a look at what I’m wearing today. Hello, cute little Minnetonka boots! And shorts. Yes, really.
Tee: Lands’ End
Shorts: Old Navy (no longer available, sorry!)
Boots: Minnetonka Moccasins, c/o Langston’s Western Wear
This is not a typical look for me — I’m not really a boots-and-shorts kind of girl. But I’m loving this, largely because it is so atypical. Boots! And shorts! Crazy!
Yesterday we talked about strategies for cleaning out your closet and how many clothes one woman needs. (Answer: It depends! You’re welcome.) Today let’s take on the last part of Sian’s question, about building a wardrobe on a budget. The place to start is by shopping your closet — in other words, now that you know what you have, take some time and figure out how to make it all work for you. Ready? Let’s do this.
I have two closets worth of clothes, grouped by season, and I don’t even know how to start weeding things out or how much clothing a person actually needs. I’m a clothing hoarder, finding it difficult to get rid of things that could potentially be useful, although I’ve done a couple purges lately. Still, my main closet is overflowing and I’m feeling completely overwhelmed.
In a perfect world, I’d like to buy fewer, better clothes and have them be from more sustainable sources (so less mega cheap stuff made in less than great conditions). If you have any advice on how best to purge, how many clothes a person actually needs to have a functional wardrobe, and how to build a professional business wardrobe from scratch (I own one suit) on a student budget, I’d be most grateful.
Let’s start with the First Truth of Closet Editing: More is not better. Options are great, but when your closet is bursting at the seams with pieces you’re not wearing, that’s a bad thing.
Tough love, you all. That’s why I’m here.
I understand the urge to hang on to things just in case; I also understand the reluctance to part with something that you’ve worn and loved. But no one in the history of the world has ever said, “Hey I’ve been invited to dinner at the White House/to appear on CNN/to have a drink with that cute guy from accounting — I think I’ll wear that dress from five years ago, the one that’s too tight and has the big stain on the hem!”
You know I’m right.