Back in the summer, I got a wild hair to clean-out my closet. This happens once or twice a year, and when it does, I really have to just embrace the feeling. I pulled every item out of my closet, created multiple piles (toss, sell, put back in) and set a few rules for myself for filling it back up. First, I could only keep what actually fit (not what was too big or what I hoped would fit again one day). Second, for every item I purchased and added to my closet, I had to take one back out. Third, I was only allowed to buy quality items. For the record, this doesn't mean that I can't shop at Old Navy any more, but it does mean that if I make a purchase there, it needs to be a smart one (like this sweater that I now have in multiple colors). My goal was simple: to establish a style for myself and to work on making better purchases over all.
Now that it's time for fall clothes (kind of), I'm starting to see how cleaning out my closet was a bit of a blessing in disguise. Not only am I really thinking about each and every purchase that I make, but I'm also starting to look at my clothes differently. Take this dress for example. I have worn it nearly every weekend since I purchased it. Since it has sleeves to my elbows, it is going to be just as much of a fall staple as it was a summer one. I'll be able to slide on my leopard Toms wedges, toss on some colorful earrings like these Larimar Bliss ones (c/o)), maybe add a vest and be out the door. Plus, I'm really utilizing the things I already have in my closet! Hooray!
One thing I will say that got excluded from my closet clean-out was jewelry. I love having a ton of jewelry, costume and beyond, to be able to morph any item of clothing into something different. Same goes for shoes! As we dip more and more into fall, my plan is to keep adding to my fall wardrobe in a way that is meaningful and useful. Because before we know it, we'll be transitioning into winter. I'd love for most of what I buy now to be useful then, too. Stay tuned to see if that plan works!