Today’s Seeking Style is how I organize to best fit my life and keep my clothing streamlined. I think organizing your things is very important because it can save you time in the long run and you don’t need to think too much about things if they’re nicely organized and easy to find.
How I organize my clothing
Tops and dresses hang up. Bottoms are all in drawers and everything else is in baskets in the closet.
By season. Usually, I won’t be wearing dresses in the winter so I separate everything that is hanging by season. Half for warm weather, half for cold weather.
By colour. Everything is hung by darkest to lightest. It seems extra picky but I like it so if it’s a dark day, I may want to wear something brighter and happier to counteract.
Every piece has a home. This one I think is the most important. You know where each piece goes and where it is when you need it. It’s always in the same spot in your closet or dresser. It also makes everything much faster to put away.
Main points to keep in mind while organizing clothing
Make things accessible and easy to see. I find I forget I own things often so it’s good to have everything where you can see it.
Clothes that you don’t wear that often don’t need to be front and centre, not everyday things can be more away.
Separating by seasons help to narrow things down by what the weather is like.
The initial time commitment to organizing pays off in having everything easy to see.
You can maximize the clothes you own by rotating through all of the outfit possibilities.
This instalment of the Seeking Style Series will be on how to streamline your outfit choices and make sure you’re using all of the clothes you own.
Get everything out and ready
The first thing I do is take all of the clothes out where I can see them so I know what I’m working with. It’s pretty messy and could probably be done in a neater way, but this is what I do. I find that I often forget things that I have or there’ll be a shirt that I don’t enjoy wearing, but once it’s put together with something else I might like it a lot more and start wearing it often. The main point is to get the most out of what you own.
Putting things together
Once everything is out, it’s time to start putting outfits together and taking pictures. I start with outfits I usually wear and from there switch a piece out and see how it looks, sometimes trying on the new combos to see how it feels and if I like it. This way you can get more outfit options out of what you have. I will also look up things like “how to style utility jacket” to get more inspiration and ideas for things to go together that I would have never thought of.
Once there are some outfit combinations, I lay everything out and take pictures of them. Then I create a secret Pinterest board where I pin all of the photos I’ve taken of my outfits. The board can be sorted by season or weather to make finding outfits even easier. With a bit of initial time commitment, you can have quick and easy outfits and not have to think about them!
A little while ago I started the series Seeking Style about finding your own personal style and basically how I shop for my clothes because it has become a process. The last post in the series was March ( whoops! ) so now I’m bringing it back with more tips! You can check out Seeking Style 1, 2 and 3 here!
Narrow stores down
There are so many clothing stores, so I find it best to narrow down where you will shop to just a few stores so it doesn’t become overwhelming. Figure out if you’re looking for high quality ( more expensive ) or lower quality ( cheap! ) clothing. It’s good to buy high quality for classic pieces you know you’ll wear for awhile and not get bored of or pieces that won’t go out of style, then trendy things can be fun and don’t need to be the highest quality. I get bored of my clothes pretty easily so I tend to buy things that may not be the highest quality but I get enough enjoyment out of them before they wear out.
Shop online for better deals
There are lots of benefits to shopping online, a big one is you can get much better deals! Before shopping online sometimes it’s good to go in person to stores, figure out what sizes work well for you, what stores you’re going to shop at, basically just stake out the place to figure out what you’re going to buy, then find things online that you wish to purchase. Stores will often give you a discount for signing up for their email list, don’t sign up unless you’re going to be buying things soon because the discounts expire! I have several emails and will sometimes sign up again with another email address, that’s probably not really allowed but I need the discounts. You can watch the stores website for sales and combine it with the email discount, too. There are often coupon codes to add to the deals which you can’t get in person. I also like getting packages in the mail and the anticipation for things to arrive. Overall, I just prefer shopping online for clothing.
Do you prefer shopping online or in person for clothes?
For all of the things that don’t fit with your new style, you don’t love, or you don’t feel good in, it’s best to give away to clear room for the new clothing that would make you feel better and that can be used more efficiently. I wouldn’t give everything away before you get new clothes, though. I did that, by accident, and ended up only having just enough clothes to get me through to laundry day, so don’t give everything away right away!
That’s it for Closet Clearing! If you don’t love it, you don’t need it. Be sure to check out Seeking Style 1 and 2!
First things first, let’s talk about what looks good on you. There seems to be so many fashion rules and tips about how to dress your body type, but everyone’s different so rules don’t really apply well. Try on many different styles and things that appeal to you. The key is to just keep trying new things. It helps to bring someone along with you to get an opinion on how these new styles look on you since it’s hard to tell on yourself sometimes. Make sure it’s someone whose opinion on your fashion you value, I’m not going to ask my little brother to come shopping with me and give me opinions on how I look. Wear what makes you feel good!!! Ok, now on to the whole point of this post.
What is a “uniform”?
After going through tonnes of pins and stalking lots of fashion Instagram accounts ( see Seeking Style 1 ) I started to see the similarities in the style and outfits that I had saved and from that came each season’s “uniform”. This “uniform” method makes shopping easier and it’s a good basis for the rest of your wardrobe. The idea of this “uniform” is to have a basic outfit that is your go-to for that season. So, for example, in summer I like to wear a pair of patterned or colourful shorts. And I found out that is the look I like from seeing how many pins I had that were a pair of shorts and a more plain top. I also like skirts and cute dresses so, my summer “uniform” options would be a top, and fun shorts or a dress, or a top and skirt. Then in fall, I like patterned pants as an alternative to the fun shorts, and sweaters because they’re so cozy, I would also wear this in the winter. Skirts and dresses with tights are also part of the fall “uniform” because those are a little too cold for winter.
How to build a uniform
It’s really quite easy. Just go through all of your pins and outfit inspiration pictures and figure out what the main common pieces are, then that’s your uniform! It’s just like dissecting outfits down to the very basic parts.
Keep reading for more Seeking Style posts! And don’t forget to read Seeking Style 1 if you haven’t already!
I love fashion. I have always loved fashion, but for the longest time, I didn’t actually wear anything for my style. In fact, I didn’t even know what my style was. This past year I decided to really put a lot of work into my personal style and wardrobe!
Welcome to the series
Seeking Style Series will be about how I found my personal style, clothes shopping, getting deals, and basically anything on how I set up my wardrobe, plus tips! And I will post them on Saturdays because Seeking Style Series Saturdays is just so much fun to say. Ok, let’s get on with the first post in the series!
As I said before, I’ve always loved fashion but not really known what to wear. And there was the transition from wearing little kids clothes to adult and realizing that I could expand on what I wore. I wasn’t too sure what I would like to wear, though, so that’s how the first step to Style Seeking happened.
Pin away my friends
In order to find what I would like to wear, I turned to Instagram and Pinterest, when in doubt – Instagram and Pinterest. There are so many fashion bloggers and people with good style out there on Instagram and Pinterest, it opens up a whole world of possibilities and inspiration! This took awhile because my taste changed a bit but it’s my favourite part! At first, I thought I really liked preppy sort of things and I do tend to lean towards the more preppy style, with lots of sweaters, stripes, florals and anything nautical. So that’s where I started my search. I made a Pinterest board where I pinned every outfit I slightly liked, and that style progressed into what I really like from the basis of the preppy outfits. The point is to pin as much as you can for outfit inspiration. Be an inspiration sponge!
Narrowing it down
After pinning for awhile I found specific pieces that were common in outfits I liked, so I made separate boards for outfits with those common pieces, such as one for patterned pants. Figuring out what pieces of clothing you like specifically helps with narrowing down your search in finding outfit inspiration and more specifically your style.
While on a pinning spree I discovered that some of the same fashion bloggers kept having outfits that I loved, that’s where stalking comes in. After narrowing it down to a few bloggers I followed most of their social media and went through all of their posts and saved what I liked for inspiration. This took so. Long. But it was fun to look at such great outfits! Some of my favourite style bloggers are Ashley, Juliette, Rebecca, Noelle, Sophia, and Steffy. Noelle is the main inspiration for my style, I love the touches of red, sweaters, skirts and shorts!
Through Style Stalking, I found that I like the “French Girl” style and pretty feminine outfits with still being kinda comfy and practical. I love red lipstick, splashes of red and pink are the only few colours otherwise it’s mostly neutral which keeps it classic and a little more mature, yet still young since I’m a teen. Crazy patterned pants and shorts make me happy, and sweaters are super cozy and nice in cold Canada. The point of Style Stalking is to pin, pin, pin, and start to find the similarities in the outfits to see the things you like!
The next Seeking Style will be on making your own personal “uniform”. Subscribe to my email list for updates and check out my Pinterest to see the clothing board!