Love Aesthetics

August 30, 2015


love aesthetics curating a closet 0

curating a closet 2

My current rack of favorites
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.

/ 1 place
Clear out a space for your current capsule collection. A shelf or rail in your closet or an entire separate rack. (DIY here,here, here, here)

/ 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.



  1. I’ve never bothered to read about what a capsule collection is, but after reading yours it makes so much sense.

    My clothes are crammed in a drawer, I’m unable to see anything and I often feel that “I have nothing to wear”

    I agree with having less things, but things of higher quality.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. Ragni says:

    Thank you for this post. I always keep in mind that less is more. But still there are a few pieces, which sneak their way into my closet although I don’t need or wear them. You inspired me to sort my clothes again!

    Ragni x

  3. Ragni says:

    Oh and I’ve got one question. How do you keep your clothes dust-free? I have a lot of black and I like to hang them on racks, but then they get soo dusty, so I rather put them in the closet, where no one can see them, unfortunately. Thank you!

    Ragni x

    • ivaniacarpio says:

      Hey Ragni
      I guess I do the same as you – keep most of my clothes inside a closet. Except a small selection, which gets worn so often that there isn’t enough time for them to get dusty


  4. Laura says:

    Thank you so much for those good advices, Now that I know them it makes so much sense!
    Plus, I love to rediscover my “old” clothes: when you forgot you had them and you like them even more and want to wear them all the time even though you wanted to throw them away 3 months prior

  5. Konyinsola says:

    Thank you for this post. Been wanting to clean out my closet for awhile now…would be taking your advice

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