How to upgrade your wardrobe, if you feel like it. I go through chapters with my wardrobe — do you? I feel like I am moving in and out of phases, and I think that’s perfectly healthy. One recent phase could be characterized by: let’s buy a lot of inexpensive (i.e., thrifted and consigned) items, have fun playing with them, then recycle them to the thrifts. This is good for experimentation and ecologically friendly.
There’s nothing bad about this approach. It has been a lot of fun, especially in my trips to NYC (soon to return!) for which I packed very little and “lived” in items I acquired there in the amazing thrift stores. I have also managed to keep my closets from getting too full, by using a one-in, one-out policy fairly strictly.
I don’t know what inspires me to upgrade, as there is so much readily available input (blogs, Insta, Pinterest) on style. At this moment I am in the mood for higher quality, low-volume wardrobe. I am re-reading some of my favorite style books and blog articles on the topics of the well-curated wardrobe, the pared-down wardrobe, and the quality-over-quantity debate.
Here are some of the ideas sloshing around in my head, about how to upgrade my current closet. I reserve the right to change my mind! but I am having fun with this paradigm right now. Some changes I’d like to make over time are:
- Better shoes and bags – I prefer to thrift and consignment-shop these items, and I want very good quality and some personality in my shoes and bags.
- Better accessories – scarf, bracelet, earrings. I’d like one delicate gold necklace to wear every day. I just got my ear lobes re-pierced after 40 years, so I’m also swooning over artisan earrings.
- Tops in better knits and silk blends, in black, navy, ivory, and gray. I have bought lots of “cheapie” tops and they have disappointed me after a couple of washings. Time for upgrades! Poshmark is a favorite spot for finding gently used high-quality blouses and knits.
- Jeans that fit perfectly. This won’t be too hard, because I’m lucky to have a fairly standard-size lower body. But I often have “cheaped out” and purchased just-good-enough jeans. I really want a great fitting pair that will upgrade my tops and blazers.
I am not judging myself, or any other woman who enjoys an inexpensive, eclectic closet. It’s just clothing, and should be fun, fulfilling and flattering. I’m letting my pendulum swing, and enjoying the process.
Over to you: Have you made this wardrobe journey? Are you in the midst of a pendulum swing right now?
Stay fabulous, xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: