Dittos Jeggings, purchased from thredUP (I paid less than $19, they were originally $71!),
Lands’ End Sweater, purchased from thredUP (I paid less than $15, originally $71),
Tieks flats in ballet pink.
January is gone, but I make resolutions and set goals all year long. On my birthday? Yes! Springtime? Absolutely! A Tuesday? Why not.
So, as I’ve been working my way through Marie Kondo’s book Spark Joy (the follow-up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), I’ve been getting even more serious about my closet. I’ve been really trying to narrow down my wardrobe to clothes that I really like, that I’ll wear, and that fit well. So here’s my closet resolution…
Whether that’s in fit, function, or print, I only want clothing that feels good to wear, helps me do what I want to do, and that feels like me.
I’m a big fan of the capsule wardrobe, which, in case you’re not familiar with the idea, is a set of clothing (usually for a season) that you wear and put together in different combinations. I don’t have any set number of clothing items that I keep (some capsule wardrobes stick to a specific number, like 20 or 30), but the real idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that you have clothing items that you like, wear, and can combine in lots of different ways.
This works for me because I’ve found that having 20 shirts when I only wear 8-10 of them means I just really have clothes that take up space in my closet. Usually, when I’m not wearing something it’s because I just don’t love it on me even if I like it on the hanger or in the store. Maybe it doesn’t hang right, maybe the sleeves are just shorter than I really prefer, or maybe I don’t have anything to wear it with. Therefore, I’m not getting any use out of it.
Really getting my capsule in place for the season means that I’m pulling everything out of my closet that doesn’t spark joy. Not that I feel like a goddess of fashion when I stroll out of my closet in the morning (I wish!), but I feel comfortable, I feel put-together (even in a well-fitting tee and jeans), and I feel like me.
Hudson Jeans, purchased from thredUP (I paid less than $40, originally $167),
Old Navy top, ModCloth Plaid Shoes
In getting rid of things that don’t fit, I’ve been selling anything in great shape to thredUP, which buys high-quality clothing and sells it for about 75% off retail price. You can put any money you make selling the items from your closet toward the purchase of something new or new-to-you, or you can always buy with a debit/credit card or PayPal account.
I’ve also been buying those outstanding items in my closet–a nice black dress, a long-sleeved sweater for the winter, a good pair of jeans–from thredUP as well. thredUP carries women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and handbags (designer and high quality brands) as well as children’s clothes. I can get CrewCuts tees (JCrew’s children’s clothing line) for Milo, or Boden dresses for me on a Target budget. Over the last year, I’ve bought sweaters, sweatshirts, a jacket, dresses, skirt, and fancy-pants jeans I’d never be able to afford full-price. They are really stringent about their quality of items accepted, so everything I’ve bought has been in great shape.
Boden Dress, purchased from thredUP (I paid less than $20, originally almost $80!)
A few of my tips for ThredUP:
- Use filters. There are a lot of items on the website to search through and it does take some hunting. Use as many filters and search terms as you can. If you know you want a skirt and you usually buy from a few brands, you can filter skirts>>your size>>preferred brands and come up with a much shorter list to search through.
- Check out the “New Today” section on the homepage. Some of the best items go quickest, and you’re most likely to get first pick at the newest items by searching here. Many items that sell quickly are like-new or ARE new with tags. Again, using filters will help a lot in narrowing down the choices.
- Take advantage of the return policy. Most items are returnable. If you return for store credit, you don’t have to pay for return shipping. I always return for store credit since I always find something I like later. Clearance items are non-returnable, so I usually steer clear of those unless I’m super confident in how those clothes would fit me.
- Check back often! There is a constant (daily) flow of items and in and out. If they didn’t have quite what I was looking for on Monday, they sometimes do by Thursday or Friday.
What are YOU doing to really hone your wardrobe this year?
Any closet resolutions?
Shout them out in the comments!
This post was written in collaboration with ThredUp. I was not paid for my time and purchased everything you see in this post, but I have included affiliate links where applicable as part of ThredUp’s “Give $20, Get $20” program. You save $20 on your first purchase when made through my link and I get a referral. You can then share with YOUR friends and make the same referral “bonus” for any of your friends who purchase through your link. You can always purchase without using the links.
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