Traveling as much as we do has a pretty cool up side for my closet. It’s extremely possible that we will go from one project to the next without stopping home. It’s also very likely that the next project will be in a completely different climate, thus giving me a “logical” reason to expand my wardrobe. Yay! me!
For instance; as I’m writing this, we are finishing a project in Key West, Florida our next project is in Chicago, Illinois. Everyone knows Florida is hot & humid & Chicago’s nickname, “the Windy City” is no joke, not to mention that place is colder than a polar bear’s butt.
Typically we should have two weeks between projects which would give me plenty of time to switch over wardrobes. However, Hurricane season had other plans. Our mandatory evacuation put our Key West project on a three week hiatus. Which meant when we left the Keys we literally had to drive 12 hours home, sleep, & then drive 14 hours to Chicago leaving zero time to do a much needed wardrobe swap.
One would think, “Yay!Shopping!”. Buuut, my OCD self decided to use her well deserved three week hurrication to be productive. Sigh…Sooo, I cleaned out my closet.
Inspired by all the Pinterest & a flood of posts about Capsule Wardrobes I proceeded to try on, evaluate, & discard everything in my closet & dresser…
Ten trash bags to charity later, I realized that not only am I tired of my wardrobe, but there is no way on earth that I would ever be happy with only 30 pieces of clothing…Shoes! Included! However, using some of the “capsule” techniques I’ve been learning, I managed to seriously narrow down the quantity, I focused on keeping only the pieces I loved & quality. But I still felt that my wardrobe was missing my personality, some style, & not to mention it was mostly tee shirts & jeans.
Luckily my hubbs is amazing & since all we work with are boys, he is very understanding of my “girly” needs & it brings him joy to see me do the girly things I love. Unfortunately , he loves just about anything I put on & he is no help with defining my style, which led me to seek professional help.
Where is a girl on the go to go for fashion & style advice? Well, Pinterest of course. Crazy simple, right? This is where I was able to find what I believe are the 3 best tools to build a wardrobe you will absolutely love & most importantly one that you will use.
First, of course, is Pinterest itself. Y’all I must have literally pinned 1,000 outfits! So many in fact, I had to make several boards. Using my boards I was able to see “what I liked” & compared it to what I owned. Turned out I owned a lot of what I liked & was even able to build some “new” outfits out of old pieces. So much outfit joy!
My next find was the Style Book app (iOS only though). This is my most favorite app ever (next to our geocaching app), I use it everyday & in my opinion it’s totally worth the $3.99.
No joke, it’s like having my closet (ALL of it!) in my hand! It allows you to add pictures of your clothes, shoes, & accessories into a virtual closet, making it available to see whenever you need it. It’s so handy while shopping or trying to decide what to wear. It also has a great shuffle feature that allows you to pick different types of garments then shuffles them into outfits you may have never thought of. Again, outfit joy! Another feature that I’ve just been mastering is the inspiration feature. This is great, I screenshot a Pinterest pick, import it into my Style Book, then “shop” my closet for similar pieces & to see what I need to buy.
With all this new found technology I was still having a hard time with finding clothes with personality. I’ve got the basics down to a T, but as understanding as the hubbs is about my need to be girly, he can only “shop” with me so much.
Which lead me to this last but not least tool & I finally decided to try something that had been blowing up my Pinterest feed for months…StitchFix
I gotta tell y’all, I like it. My first fix was spot on, I kept 4 out of the 5 things they sent me, I already owned the shoes I sent back. My second fix was just as great, again I sent back one thing because I already owned something similar to it. Third time was a charm! Everything was perfect, I kept all 5, & I wish I could’ve doubled up on the denim shorts.
I love that they send me pieces I would have never tried on in the store, like colored jeans or a plaid button up, & the pieces they sent me actually worked with lots of things I already owned. Their customer service is pretty unbelievable too. They actually canceled my fourth fix & refunded my style fee, when I had to let them know that I didn’t know when I was going to be allowed back onto Key West. Honestly y’all, I look forward to my monthly box. Another little perk is that your receipt actually has a picture of each garment, so everything you keep you can screenshot, then you can add it to your closet in the Stylebook app.
Combined, these three tools have helped me create a wardrobe that excites me to get dressed in the morning. There’s just something about standing in front of that Full Length Mirror (another great tool) & feeling confident that your outfit is all you & you look effortlessly amazing.
What are y’alls favorite wardrobe tools?