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How to rethink one’s wardrobe according to personal taste? Questioning the heavy consumption and fast fashion is one thing, but it might be hard to know where to start when it comes to a concrete action.
Inspired by readings and my personal experience, I have put together a short list of ideas, hints that guided me through my wardrobe transformation, and still help me a lot in my day to day wardrobe planning process.
In a nutshell:
- First of all, think about your personal style
- Aim for harmony and simplicity
- Get rid of the useless
- Carefully organize your closet
- Take care of your clothes
First of all, think about your personal style
Aim for harmony and simplicity
Of course, this step is very personal and there is no general rule. For a start, I suggest to choose a palette of 4 or 5 colors matching both your taste and skin carnation, and compose your wardrobe from this. Aim for a few basics, which I call "key pieces", that can be worn with practically any other piece of your wardrobe, and build the rest around them, with more cheerful and personal pieces to play with.
To round it up, any piece of the wardrobe should be one you can wear often in all kinds of occasions, and match with at least 5 other pieces.
Get rid of the useless
Imagine a wardrobe in which all the clothes are ones you love and actually want to wear on a regular basis. This is what you should aim for when rebuilding your wardrobe.
I think that getting rid of clothes is the most difficult part of the wardrobe building. Some worn favorites, or on the contrary recent expensive purchase mistakes might be hard to part from. I might write about this step in more details soon...
Carefully organize your closet
Not only does it make it more convenient to find what you are looking for, but it becomes a pleasure to choose the day's outfit as well...
Take care of your clothes
Read the labels in order to clean and iron them properly, check for wear and tear signs, use some protection spray on leather pieces and polish them when necessary… Don’t hesitate to ask professionals for advice (shop salesperson, dry cleaner…)