images and words by Ivania
A rail with all tops, a shelf with bottoms, a pile of all the sweaters. It seems logical to keep all clothes together in one place, neatly sorted by kind. This way it stays organised and you can find what you’re looking for quickly. In reality, when opening your closet every morning, those piles of categorised clothes can become a bit boring, sometimes it even makes me think I need something new.
Specially when living in a place with more seasons; opening your wardrobe every summer morning and having to visually deal with that pile of thick winter sweaters forces you to make more choices and reject these pieces (‘can’t wear that, that’s too hot for today, can’t wear that either, I’ve got nothing to wear’). Plus when it’s finally winter – these sweaters don’t feel fresh and new, you’re already tired of them although you haven’t worn them in months.
What you really want is to skip the entire can’t-wear-that-can’t-wear-that-either-process and think the opposite ‘want to wear that!’. Getting more new clothes will only make it worse, what works for me is to have less but better options. That is also exactly why the sales racks in shops, where all the clothes are crammed together on one loooong rail look so much less appealing than the new collection which is spaced out and hung in sets of outfits. Or why museums display a carefully curated small selection instead of their entire archived collection.
/ 2 function
Take out the current most worn pieces out of your
main archive wardrobe. Be critical about it, less is more. Which were the go-to pieces, the ones you put in the laundry first so you can wear them sooner. Keep the weather forecast in mind. Keep your activities in mind too; my main transport is my bike, meaning that I always need a few trouser-options.
/ 3 styling
Lay them out and approach these pieces like a stylist would. Pair materials, make a color scheme, even make a moodpboard if you need to, make sets. Shop your own closet for accessory pieces to add. You might also like this post on how to style your wardrobe like a boutique.
/ 4 change
Change ‘the collection’ or swap pieces whenever you feel they are not functional, wearable, appropriate anymore.
My current rack is a bit of a transition rack. It’s also cool to discover patterns and find moods: almost all my current tops have a polo neck, half of it is denim and there are a lot of creamy tones in the selection. 8 pieces seem like a little but they translate into 11 different combinations. I can really come in with my eyes closed, grab some things and be dressed in one minute. And it’s not that I have very little options, I’ve just skipped the ‘can’t wear that’-moment and took a shortcut to come to the best choices.