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A Guide for Curating Your Closet

A Guide for Curating Your Closet

Let's talk about a solution to the never-ending dilemma of a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. I think a closet is ever changing, but I have some tips for you to make getting ready in the morning much easier. Let's jump in with a Spring 2020 Capsule...

Let's start with this word 'capsule'..

A capsule wardrobe is basically basics. It is a small collection of pieces that form the foundation of your wardrobe. These pieces can change slightly from season to season, but they are primarily timeless classics. Here in the midwest, we see a variety of seasons which means our seasonal capsules may look more different than others. Here are pieces I recommend everyone have in their closets for the Spring:
The 3rd Piece:
1. White/Light Colored Blazer: This piece will take you from work to weekend, but with a fresh take. The light color is perfect for the Springtime and a change-up from your typical black blazers (keep in mind black blazers are seasonless and can be worn all year round) You can wear this over a white tee and jeans on the weekend. Wear this with your white button-down and a black trouser for work. I also love this look over a graphic tee and a pair of shorts for a cool, casual look.
2. Denim Jacket: We show a black one, but this can be true denim or even white. The appeal of a denim jacket is the structure that it adds to a look. This is the perfect layer piece to offset a flowy dress or blouse with a slightly edgy vibe. Whether you prefer your denim jacket in an oversized, boyfriend look or a more fitted style, this is a wardrobe staple. Bonus points if it has a little distressing..with denim destruction, less is more. 
3. Leather Jacket: This is another wardrobe staple. My leather jacket is my go-to "I don't know what to wear" piece. This staple can instantly elevate your look and give an edgy, cool look. I love the mixture of the edgy leather jacket with a more feminine piece--a floral dress or a lace tank. I think the moto style is a safe pick as it will not go out of style. 
1. Sweater Tank: I love the versatility of the sweater tank. You can wear this in the colder months as a layering piece and then on its own in the warmer months. It also adds some great texture to your look.
2. The Graphic Tee: Add some of your personality to your look with a graphic tee. You can pick your favorite brand, your favorite brand, or a fun phrase... or just pick one that looks cute to you ; ) No judgments here if you cannot name one of their songs. 
3. White Button Down: I love my white button down in a workwear setting, with a pair of denim shorts, or as a swimming suit cover-up. Throw this on with a pair of jeans for a easy weekend look or layer a sweater over the top and let the collar, cuff, and hem stick out. 
4. The White Tee: This one is an obvious choice, but is worth the reminder. Even though this is pretty basic, everyone has their favorite. Pick one with a quality, soft fabric and a slight oversized fit. I love a crew neck rib knit for some texture.
1. Jeans: Everyone needs a white pair, a vintage light wash, and a washed down black pair. Pick your favorite leg opening and keep the destruction to a minimum.  
2. Skirt: I always keep a pencil-midi black skirt in my closet. You never know when you will need a more business casual look--whether for a funeral or an interview. I would pick a knit fabrication. You can also pair this with a t-shirt or graphic t-shirt and a pair of sneakers for a weekend look. Throw on a leather jacket for a night out.
3. Denim Shorts: Shorts can be a tough fit, so you might have to try a few brands that work for you. I love a classic denim wash, but black and white are also great closet additions. We are now seeing more of a boyfriend fit making a comeback. These are the perfect weekend go-to and even make a great swimming suit cover-up. I love wearing mine with a blazer and a heeled mule for a chic look.
This Spring, grab a classic sneaker, nude heel, and neutral sandal. These will take you through the season and into summer. 
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Once you have your capsule formed, it is easy to layer in those trend pieces or seasonal pieces.  

Other Tips:

Invest in a steamer
Wrinkles can ruin an outfit very quickly and will be the first thing others will notice. I love the stand-up steamers for functionality--and easily to take out and put away compared to an iron. They also heat up super fast. Before I had a steamer, if something was wrinkled, I would just pass on wearing it if I was too lazy to drag the iron and ironing board out ; )
Get Familiar with Pinterest
If nothing in my closet is inspiring me, a trip of scrolling through pins will get my creative juices flowing again. It is also a great way to hone in on your personal style. Pin some outfits that speak to you and Pinterest will do the rest with updating your feed. Getting to know your personal style will make shopping much easier as well. If I have a piece that I am stumped on how to style it, I will search for the item in Pinterest--tons of ideas will pop up! e.g. Search "graphic tee outfit"
Once a year, pull everything out of your closet (Marie Kondo style) and put it on your bed. Go through piece by piece and get rid of styles that you have not and will not wear... especially pieces that are damaged, ripped, missing buttons, stained, etc.. You are more likely to be picky on what goes back in the closet if it is already out of it. However, don't put too much stress on purging--I am always guilty of keeping pieces of sentimental value. Your closet should make you happy, so keep those pieces that have fond memories attached to them. 
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