How to Manage Your Wardrobe

April 8, 2015


Managing Your Wardrobe (and not the other way around)

For me a comfy sweater and baseball cap are quintessential reminders that style can be easy and effortless. Much to the dismay of my fourteen year old self I’ve discovered the importance of simplicity when dressing. Before we go any further and talk about ways to manage your wardrobe let’s hop in the time machine and I’ll tell you a quick story about fourteen year old P.

Perhaps I was really just an early fashionista who just hadn’t found her self and her style yet but my kryptonite were the words “jeans and a tshirt.” Oh how I detested the thought of looking plain or as we might say today, “basic.” I am a trendsetter because I shuddered at the word basic long before it was a thing. My mother used to try and take me back to school shopping for essentials like basic t shirts, jeans, sneakers, and a winter coat. But the only tshirts I thought were acceptable to wear were printed ones, preferably with “Baby Phat,” across the chest. Oh, and if you ask my mom she’ll tell you I walked around looking like a Christmas tree with all of my ridiculous accessories. Thankfully, my style has evolved and I’ve come to appreciate looking chic as opposed to looking like a Christmas tree.

Getting ready in the morning doesn’t have to be such a chore and if you’re like anything like me a (snoozebutton-aholic) you want to simplify your morning routine. Only recently have I found myself in a place where I am confident enough in myself and in my style that I’ve simplified my makeup routine and my wardrobe. If you’re pressed for time I am telling you all need to focus on in your makeup routine are three key things: face, eyebrows, lashes…blush. Apply foundation and concealer, I usually use my fingers to apply because I don’ have time to be looking for makeup brushes. Then fill in your eyebrows. You’ve probably already heard me say this but you can’t skip this step. Okay fine, if you really have to skip it swipe a little clear or tinted brow gel on them to keep those unruly hairs in place. Lastly, curl your lashes and apply mascara. If you have time after that apply a little shimmery peach blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Now let’s talk about how you can manage your wardrobe and not let your wardrobe manage you.
1. Define Your Style: This is perhaps the most important step. Personally, I struggled with this step because I thought I was restricting my self and my style by trying to put parameters around it and that brought out the hoarder in me who made it impossible to do step two and clean out my closet. But I soon realized that whether I wanted to admit it or not I did have a personal style, and it was very apparent in the things I was selecting from my closet each morning. I also noticed what I was pinning, the looks I liked in magazines, and what outfits I had loved wearing the most.

2. Clean Out Your Closet: You just have to. If you’re anything like me you’ll find two trash bags full of clothes you never wear, and guess what? You never will. So be honest with yourself and get rid of them. Tough love guys, tough love.

3. Invest in the Essentials: What’s great about completing the second step? You get to go shopping. Yaaaayyyy! You’ve taking inventory of what you have and now you can create a list of essentials items you need to complete your wardrobe. But this isn’t a free for all. Consider what items will be the most versatile, for instance a classic trench coat? Or a leather jacket? A classic pair of wide leg pants? Make a list and see if you can purchase these pieces one at a time, perhaps once a month, depending on your budget. Your wardrobe will be a work in progress and that is A okay, don’t go on a Kardashian worthy shopping spree.
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Good luck with your wardrobes beauties! Can I get a big hooray for baseball hats on bad hair days? Here are today’s outfit ingredients.

Hat: Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx
Sweater: H&M
Necklace: H&M (Real Pearl Version on Etsy)
Wide Leg Pants (obsessed): Asos
Heels: Brazilian brand
Bag: Asos


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