In case you don’t follow me over on Instagram, I share my daily outfits every day on my main feed. On my stories, I share the screenshot of my outfit in my Cladwell app. I’ve been using Cladwell for quite a while, way back to when they were Capsules by Cladwell. To be honest, the capsule wardrobe didn’t really work for me. I put pressure on myself to have a certain number of items in my closet. I realized there were a lot of items I missed in my capsule, and I simply got bored.
I’ve since realized that my closet was just too big and it wasn’t cohesive. Through the course of two moves, I continued to pare down my closet bit by bit. Each time the ‘declutter bug’ bit me, I followed through and got rid of anything that didn’t fit, I didn’t love, or was worn out. All of my items were either donated or sold.
Side note: There are many options for donating, and I chose to donate to my local Goodwill. I can’t say I 100% believe in their company’s ethics, but I know that many of the local under served communities shop in our Goodwill. So, I choose to keep my donations local to help my community.
Having a certain number of items in my closet just doesn’t work for me. However, to give you an idea of the size of my wardrobe, right now I have around 80 items in my closet at a time. That doesn’t include off season items. I could stand to get rid of a few more items, but I’m not there yet. Back when I started using the Cladwell app last year (my initial review here), I had close to 200 pieces and over 100 loaded into my closet at a time. It was way too much!
I just couldn’t get past that point in my closet, until I read The Curated Closet. You can read my review on that here. When I read that book, I had a light bulb moment about my closet. Anuschka Rees is the author, and she has you do a few exercises throughout the book. She has you create outfit equations. I created just a few, basic outfit equations using items that I love and feel good in.
It has been a total game changer. I basically got rid of anything that doesn’t fit into my ideal outfit equations. And then I reloaded my closet into Cladwell and, friends. It has been amazing.
To take it to a whole other level, I loaded my closet on Cladwell without even looking in my closet. I figured if I could remember it was in my closet, then it was worth keeping. I did that mid-winter and got rid of anything I either didn’t put in my app’s closet or didn’t end up wearing. Most of my items were in really great condition, so I’ve shipped them off to thredUP.
Plus, when I switched up my closet for spring, I got rid of any spring items that don’t fit into my wardrobe anymore. Along with creating ideal outfit equations, I came up with a color scheme to help me shop smarter. Not only did that help curb my shopping habits, but it also helped me cull out any items that won’t mix and match within my wardrobe. The result has been a wardrobe that I love.
Here are just a few of my favorite outfits that I’ve recently shared on Instagram. I will link below any items that are still available online!
This new way of getting dressed in the morning also created a unique “problem” for me and the style portion of
my blog. I rarely have the time or the lighting in the morning to take
outfit pictures, so I’ve been relying on Instagram to share my outfits.
I could easily round up my outfits on the weekends and take pictures,
but I feel like that’s just duplicating something I’ve already done.
my question is this — do you care if I share my outfits here after
they’ve been shared on Instagram? If I share them here on the blog, do
you like to see the Instagram pictures or do you prefer styled shots? Thank you!
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