Sorting out your closet, is there a way to make it easier to get dressed in the morning?

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So I have a lot of clothes, not designer labels at all but a lot, some of it is good quality and some of it is the type of clothes I don’t expect to be long lasting or even want to wear a long time. This is problematic because it means that I sometimes have no idea what to wear.

Since we are moving, this kind of forces you to figure out if you need the fluffy jersey with dancing unicorns, not that I have one but I probably would have bought one if I saw one in my size. I can’t handle the concept of a capsule wardrobe of only 36 items, including shoes. I do know that I do desperately need to downsize. A few of the Youtubers that I watch, keep saying you only wear 20% of your wardrobe. Um yeah, I can believe that. 

So I went through the lists of what people need in their wardrobes, recommendations of what people in semi-corporate jobs recommend and I realise as a creative in a tech company, I don’t really know what to wear to the office. Where is the happy line between business, creative and casual enough for a tech company? 

So if you are in my situation, guess what I don’t have the solution, but I do have some ideas. Oddly my previous job as a teacher was too formal attired for what I do now. What is it with schools making teachers dress corporate? 

What this has taught me, is that I actually have a limited palette of colours that I wear to work. I realised that playing around with pops of colours in my accessories means that I don’t quite look the same every day. I have done my best to try and find fun, sophisticated accessories, from handbags, jewellery and scarves. One of the key things I learnt here is that my jewellery, and stuff all need to be in the same area as my clothing. If I need to move around the room to get dressed then I will go for the easiest options. Which often means no jewellery or scarf but just the basics. 

I haven’t quite figured out how I will have this working in the new house but I am quite looking forward to having a system in place. I also loaded my closet into the Cladwell app, and often in the mornings when I don’t know what to wear. The suggestions of outfits make a huge difference since often it makes me look at a clothing combo differently. I just wish it had a load an accessories options since that could demystify some of those options. I am tempted to only wear options it suggests for a week and report back what it suggests and did it work for me. 

When it comes to casual clothes. I decided to keep my key favourite pieces that I can mix and match but reduced quite a bit to the good pieces for over the weekend. I don’t need masses to get dirty clothes or options since I don’t wear these every day anymore. Also when I am out and about over a weekend, I don’t want to look bad if friends or family take photos. 

I didn’t include my gym clothes and PJs but I did sort those out and have them in areas and combos where I can grab and go when I want to go to the gym. Eliminate the need to search or over think and I am game for wearing stuff to the gym. 

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What I kept in my closet for work:

Pants:

  • Black straight leg jeans
  • Navy chinos
  • Green khaki chinos
  • Grey chinos
  • Black chinos
  • Khaki chinos

Blouses

  • Navy button up shirt
  • Pale grey button shirt
  • Pale pink blouse
  • Pale green blouse
  • Red blouse
  • Black tunic shirt x2
  • Black floral tunic shirt
  • Pale purple top
  • Blacktop
  • Blue lace blouse
  • Blue top
  • Cami top in black
  • White Navy sleeveless top
  • Mauve silk top
  • Navy and white lace top

Shoes 

  • Black ballet flats
  • Black booties
  • Gray ballet flats
  • Brown ballet flats
  • Navy flats x2
  • Black block sandal heels
  • Navy oxfords 

 

 

What this has taught me, is that I actually have a limited palette of colours that I wear to work. I realised that playing around with pops of colours in my accessories means that I don’t quite look the same every day. I have done my best to try and find fun, sophisticated accessories, from handbags, jewellery and scarves. One of the key things I learnt here is that my jewellery, and stuff all need to be in the same area as my clothing. If I need to move around the room to get dressed then I will go for the easiest options. Which often means no jewellery or scarf but just the basics. 

I haven’t quite figured out how I will have this working in the new house but I am quite looking forward to having a system in place. I also loaded my closet into the Cladwell app, and often in the mornings when I don’t know what to wear. The suggestions of outfits makes a huge difference since often it makes me look at a clothing combo differently. I just wish it had a load an accessories options since that could demystify some of those options. I am tempted to only wear options it suggests for a week and report back what it suggests and did it work for me. 

When it comes to casual clothes. I decided to keep my key favourite pieces that I can mix and match but reduced quite a bit to the good pieces for over the weekend. I don’t need masses to get dirty clothes or options since I don’t wear these every day anymore. Also when I am out and about over a weekend, I don’t want to look bad if friends or family take photos. 

I didn’t include my gym clothes and PJs but I did sort those out and have them in areas and combos where I can grab and go when I want to go to the gym. Eliminate the need to search or over think and I am game for wearing stuff to the gym. 

 

Skirt

  • Black midi skirt
  • Black and red floral midi skirt
  • Blue maxi skirt
  • Black maxi skirt

Dresses

  • Navy shift skater dress
  • Navy dress
  • Black tunic dress
  • Denim tunic dress
  • Red shweshwe dress
  • Dark green dress
  • Floral dress

Jackets/ Cardigans

  • Red jacket
  • Blue striped jacket
  • Gray jacket
  • Black Jacket
  • Gray cardigan
  • Maroon Cardigan