Shopping my closet!

Jacket - Gerry Weber, burgundyI love navy! It’s less harsh than black (although my love affair with black is still going strong – we are not breaking up any time soon*). I feel navy is a strong neutral that’s a bit more appropriate for the brighter days of spring.

This year, I mixed up the navy with some burgundy. During the week, I eagerly reached for my burgundy jacket with my burgundy trousers. Hmmm …… I don’t know if it was the two different shades or the silhouette or the different textures, but it just – did – not – work!!

I looked as though I had strayed into costume territory – I felt I should be standing with arms and legs akimbo, slapping my thigh! It didn’t look like a suit or even smart separates. What was fine in theory was different in reality (oh, this happens a lot!!).

My navy jacket was in the dry cleaners. When you only have a few pieces, laundry and dry cleaning are an occupational hazard – but also an opportunity. The old me would probably have decided that the opportunity was one of shopping for a new jacket in a different shade of burgundy (ever the optimist!). But the new me decided to ‘shop my closet’ i.e. see what I already had.

Now this is a concept I have often read about in the blogosphere. But before, I’ve worried that this is a form of ‘cheating’. Now that I’ve become more used to a capsule wardrobe, I realise this is nonsense. It needs to work for me and my lifestyle – that’s the bottom line. I needed a jacket that day – one was in the dry cleaners and the other didn’t work with what I was wearing. I didn’t have time to change so I reached for my trusty black jacket (*moth to a flame!). It wasn’t the most exciting outfit, but it was smart, and I felt put-together and presentable.

Besides, I can only too easily fall into the trap of thinking that certain pieces are for certain seasons. Isn’t it better that I try and use my clothes as much as possible and optimise their cost?

It’s great to realise I have a whole shopping experience at my fingertips – the pieces just happen to be stored in the closet or folded in the drawers, rather than hanging in a shop.

Anyone else do this? I always love to read your experiences and comments. Have a great week 😊

  11 comments for “Shopping my closet!

  1. April 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I think half the fun of having a capsule wardrobe is getting creative and re-thinking pieces that we categorized for a certain season. It’s definitely a challenge, but it makes finding a solution so much more rewarding! Great post!

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    • April 9, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Kasey – challenge is the word! Glad you liked the post, Lxx


  2. April 8, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Absolutely – and a detail like that can make such a difference! Lxx


  3. nexi
    April 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Have you come across Colour me Beautiful – old techniques, but good – helps to define a colour wardrobe that works based on individual skin tone. There’s still a you tube online. – this really helps to determine what to throw and what to keep.

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    • April 8, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Nexi, thanks so much for reading and commenting! Yes, great point about the colours. I had them done years ago and it would be interesting to see if they have changed! Thanks a million for the link – I’ll definitely check it out! Lxx

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      • nexi
        April 8, 2018 at 8:19 pm

        Yes, I felt like that when I came across them – my hair colour has changed over the years so it was relevant!

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  4. April 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    You have just used a technique we use with all of our design clients. Before we recommend they purchase a single item….we shop their home! Using pieces in different areas, without the locked in mindset that a chair must go with a certain table (or jacket in certain season). A styling service with us, even virtually, can help one see what may otherwise be overlooked. We think like you do. Being minimal means using the things you love first and if something does not work…keep playing with the concept…the perfect LBD is awaiting!-Laurel

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    • April 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Laurel, it is amazing when we truly take stock of what we own and I like your analogy of only visualising a chair with a certain table – we get locked into these mindsets. A bit of creativity can unlock us. Thanks for reading, Lxx


  5. April 8, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I am with you on the navy-loving, Lorraine! I have blue eyes so I love blues of every shade and always get compliments when I wear them. Good on you for using your burgundy mishap to shop your own closet while the other jacket was out of action. I, too, have come across the idea of shopping my own closet on the blogosphere (oh, and shopping my own pantry – I do that a lot too), and I love it! This year I am really taking action on my wardrobe and making it a priority to get rid of the excess. While I’ve pared down a lot (actually so, so, so much compared to 2+ years ago), I still feel I have double-ups and things that just don’t have the ‘joy factor’ I’m looking for. That means getting rid of things, but it also means using what I do have and getting the absolute most out of every piece. It’s interesting how with a little time and creativity, every single piece seems much more versatile that ever before!

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    • April 8, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Hello lovely Lisa, what a good point you make about versatility – it really is the most important factor, allied with the creative element. Isn’t it amazing, no matter how much de-cluttering you do, you still have the double-ups and the ‘meh’ pieces – it’s ongoing – I still find them all the time. They don’t call it a journey for nothing!!! Have a great day, Lxxx

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      • April 8, 2018 at 9:54 pm

        You are absolutely right, Lorraine – they really don’t call it a journey for nothing! Here we are at Monday again, so I hope you have a fantastic week ahead! 😊xxx

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