At the rate that fashion trends change today, it’s easy to think that the solution to an amazing wardrobe is more options. However, I’ve learned that the more pieces I buy, the less likely I am to make great use out of them. Not only is this bad for the environment but it’s also bad for building a well-edited wardrobe. Within the last year, I really started questioning everything I was buying – and whether or not I can rework each garment in multiple ways. Doing this has helped me stay true to my personal style and acquire pieces that can live on for years. Since it is difficult to achieve a capsule wardrobe that offers the perfect balance between trendy and classic pieces, I wanted to share my tips on maintaining a well-edited wardrobe.
1. Only buy what you love & what flatters your frame
Creating a well-edited wardrobe starts with the pieces you bring into your possession. Whether you are shopping in store or online, be sure to only purchase the items that really stand out to you. Ask yourself if you can create multiple outfits with that one piece – and if it has longevity before adding it to your cart. Additionally, only commit to what flatters your frame. The biggest mistake women often make is buying something that’s too big or too small which hardly ever looks good on. When a garment fits flawlessly, it boosts your confidence and makes you feel great.
2. Invest in the classics
As I’ve mentioned countless times on the blog before, it pays to invest in timeless wardrobe staples. Items such as a black dress, blazer, structured bag, or a classic trench coat are pieces I know I can wear for years to come. Spending a little more on quality is completely justifiable. Plus, these items make great foundational pieces that you can build on with more affordable and trendier pieces. I prefer to stick to neutral colors like black, nude, or gray for these staples as it helps create a more versatile collection.
3. Find a good tailor
I cannot emphasize the importance of having a talented tailor in your list of contacts. From experience, I know that not every single piece of clothing off the rack fits perfectly – especially if you’re petite like I am. A tailor can help trim off a few areas to make it perfect for you. And if something happens to tear, a tailor can easily mend the piece and extend its life. Owning garments that fit well is so important because sometimes, that’s all it takes to make an affordable piece look super expensive.
4. Don’t wear only “new” items all the time
Today’s Instagram culture can entice you to purchase the latest trends and wear them all at once. However, this often comes off as “trying too hard” in real life. I’ve always felt that the most effortless outfits include a mix of old and new items! So, opt for a wardrobe that centers around clothes you can continually wear and mix with upcoming trends in the long run.
5. Only hold onto things that make you feel good when you wear them
When examining your closet, analyze each item and ask yourself if wearing this garment actually makes you feel good when you put it on. Fashion can only go so far. Ultimately, it comes down to confidence and if there are pieces that don’t make you feel this way, it’s not worth holding on to. If you have a hard time making this decision, decide how you want to feel in your wardrobe, then see if the garment aligns with your vision. If not, it’s a good sign to scrap it.
6. Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale
I have to admit, I love hunting for bargains and finding a good deal. However, it is important to take a step back before making the purchase. Ask yourself if you’re buying the piece just because it’s on sale – or because it actually has a thoughtful place in your wardrobe. The sale section is a great place to shop but you always want to ensure you will actually wear it.
7. Don’t keep pieces just because they were expensive
The previous rule works the other way around too. Don’t hold onto pieces just because they were a pretty penny. There’s no point in keeping that Louis Vuitton handbag if it just sits on a shelf – unless you’re using it as decoration. Instead, you can pass it on and make room for a handbag you will actually wear everyday. What I love about expensive, luxury goods is that you can typically resell them and earn a portion of what you originally spent.
8. Don’t hold onto pieces just because they’re pretty if they’re not pretty to you
Lastly, when evaluating your collection of clothing, take a look at the pieces that are trend driven. If you happened to acquire something just because it was popular, but it’s actually not amazing to you, let it go. A well-edited wardrobe ultimately comes down to your personal preferences and tastes. You only have so much space so it’s important you truly love every item you own. I only like to keep the pieces that will allow me to create more outfits with my current wardrobe.
Balmain Blazer (wearing an FR34, better for budget here)
ASTR The Label Black Cutout Turtleneck (similar here)
Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS)
Nike Cortez Sneakers (also here)
New Era NY Hat
Prada Cahier Bag