Rebuilding my closet

One of my resolutions this year is to be more precise with what my ‘style’ is. My closet is an amalgam of everything I’ve bought in the last 5 years, yet in spite of that (or perhaps because of it) I have a surprisingly small wardrobe. I rarely donate clothes, because I wear them into oblivion, and then they just stick around in my wardrobe unworn. So I wanted to take some time to think about my wardrobe and and what style I like, and then slowly build on to that throughout the year. I don’t have thousands of dollars to just drop on a new wardrobe all at once, but I figure I could build over time, as well as sew and knit some things. I also shop at thrift and consignment shops a lot, and I think that will be a major focus of things I buy as well.

I’ve mostly been using Polyvore and Pinterest to create outfits I like, so that I can get a better sense of what I want my wardrobe to look like. Then, earlier today, Leeleetea bogged exactly what I had been looking for. Her 12 Outfits Project is dedicated to making 12 outfits this year. That is a little ambitious for me this year, but definitely something I’ll be following, and aspire too. Maybe next year? She did however mention both A Verb For Keeping Warm’s Seam Allowance goal of making 25% of your wardrobe handmade, which led me to Project 333‘s goal of only putting 33 items in your wardrobe to be space savingsimplifying, and provide piece of mind. Another inspiring story is Sonya Phillip’s 100 dresses. I especially like that she make simple, bright dresses that can be worn over jeans. When I think of making dresses, I think something from Modcloth, and how those are way to complex for me to even comprehend the construction. I’ll also be relying on Putting Me Together‘s Remix Basics to decide how I can use clothes in multiple ways, so I’m not wearing the same out fits over and over.

Here are some rules (more like…guidelines) that I want to follow in my goal for this. I reserve the right to edit and change the rules as need be. They are my rules.

1. – Starting officially in March (for the duration on March/April/May) I will pare my wardrobe down to 33 items. (this is tops, bottoms, scarves, and shoes) (not including necklaces and bracelets or undergarments/socks)

2. – At least 25% of the 33 items in my wardrobe (8-9 items) will be handmade, either knit or sewn. This does not count items I have bought and repurposed they have to be made completely from scratch.

3. – The purpose of this is to simplify my wardrobe, not bust stash. I can/will purchase fabric, yarn, and accessories as necessary to complete my wardrobe.

4. – The handmade items in my wardrobe can be items I have already made. They count toward my 25% handmade goal, but they also count towards my 33 items total.

Those are the only rules I think I need so far, as I don’t necessarily plan on swapping clothes in Project 333. I think I’ll start wearing a lot more dresses/skirts and leggings, and I can’t/don’t want to make jeans, or most pants, really. We shall see how it goes!