Most of us have had those mornings when we take a good amount of time just staring at our closets, wondering why we have absolutely nothing to wear despite the profuse amount of garments staring back at us. We end up spending an hour or so fitting on clothes and expressing much frustration on the fact that none of the mixing and matching are working for us, so we end up wearing something else. Something we would eventually regret.
Then the same thing happens the next morning.
It’s a vicious cycle that I've been trying to avoid by doing a series of steps involving research, planning, and execution. Although this doesn’t sound so ground-breaking, the process can also be quite exciting and fulfilling. Here’s my attempt in breaking down of the process from start to finish:
- Finding Inspiration and Making a Checklist
- Getting a Wardrobe Makeover
- Organizing Your Closet
Upon much personal deliberation, I managed to cook up with five of my favorite places to look for fashion inspiration. It’s no question that my ultimate go-to website is Lookbook. It houses a wide range of style pegs from bloggers around the globe, so we're all pretty much covered.
I tend to gravitate towards fashion bloggers who keep things "at the minimum but with a bit of edge”. My personal faves include Jules of Style by Jules and Annemiek Kessels of Mode d’Amour. When I want to go for something bolder, I would browse through the blogs of my two favorite Jenny’s - Jenny Ong of Neon Blush and Jenny Tsang of Tsangtastic.
Once you find the style and color palette that suits you, you may now proceed with creating your
checklist.Based on your style pegs, your checklist should consist of the bits and pieces that you will have to hunt down from your closet or at the shops. I use an app called Wunderlist in creating my checklists since I'm in the process of going paperless
Getting a Wardrobe Makeover
The first thing to do is to get rid of the clutter by segregating the brimming contents of your closet. Remove those you haven't worn for a year and beyond (there’s a reason why you haven't worn them for a year, my dear), and keep those that you can find on your list. You can donate some of the clothing you've placed aside to charity shops like Segunda Mana, or sell them on eBay or OLX.
The next thing to do, once you’ve crossed some items out of the list is to shop for the ones you do not have. Personally, I find that the best and most fun way to shop smart is when I have everything itemized and budgeted for; that way I get to avoid that familiar feeling of guilt whenever I break the bank for impulse shopping.
Luckily for us inhabitants of Southeast Asia, we are blessed with the existence of the Zalora App which allows us to shop and budget things with much ease (not to mention, the helpful notifications on special promos and discount coupons, woot woot!). Off-hand, I'd recommend going through Zalora's selection of accessories; they basically have everything you need to beef up a simple shirt-and-jeans combo – go check ‘em out! If you’re looking into bolder and innovative statement pieces, you may also want to check out Asto Group. They feature emerging international talents whose designs are rather revolutionary, in my opinion.
Some international high street brands like Zara, Stradivarius, and Bershka, to name a few, reflect accurate Philippine peso prizes in their online catalogs. Although these brands do not accept online orders just yet, they do have a friendly customer service hotline that checks the availability the items you fancy.
Organizing Your Closet
It does not end there, ladies! The last step is to make sure that you can easily find what you need in the morning. This step is very crucial, and requires tons of patience, organizing skills, and heavy duty storage.
According to Bridgette Raes, there are generally three approaches in organizing your closet: 1) by outfit, 2) by color, and 3) by classification. My personal approach would be an amalgamation of all three. I begin by arranging the garments by type and then eventually proceed with arranging them by color. If I'm feeling like putting more effort than the usual, I'd plan my outfits for the week (and maybe do a little runway show in front of the mirror to make sure everything's on fleek).
Here's another tip I picked up online on arranging organizing the garments:
What to Hang
- Toppers (Denim Jacket & Blazers)
What to Fold
- Anything Cotton
- Bottoms (Shorts, Jeans)
Skip the thick, stylish wooden hangers and go for the thin, rounded metal ones to maximize your closet space. You can easily find these in the nearest department store or Japan Home Center in your area. If your closet is built for hangers or you lack space for folded items, I highly suggest that you invest in a good Polypropylene drawer, like the stackable ones from Muji.
I hope you find my attempt to explain my closet regimen helpful, yet not so overwhelming for a weekend read. Putting the extra effort in researching, planning, and organizing saved me a lot of time dressing up (and a lot of money, too!). Different processes work for different people, so feel free to skip some of the steps that you find unnecessary.
If you happened to be one of the bold gals to try follow this guide, your thoughts are very much appreciated. We also welcome suggestions, so don't hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments section or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.