How to Edit Your Closet + Find Your Personal Style

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of the “I’ve got nothing to wear, standing in a closet full of clothes” tantrum. This was me every single day. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a serious case of “well she looked cute in it, so let me buy it”.  Up until recently, I had no real sense of my personal style which is pretty hilarious since I’m a personal style blogger. I would look back on outfit posts and photos and just see this ridiculous hodge-podge of looks that made no sense for one person. One day I was looking bright and girly and one day I was feeling a little more edgy and modern. What I realized was that instead of wearing what I felt best fit me, I was wearing pieces that I liked on other people. I made it my mission towards the end of last year to really sit down and think about MY style and hash out a plan for editing down my closet to reflect that. And that’s what I did.

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If I had to describe my style in three words…

one. minimal 

two. neutral 

three. feminine 

I took a look at the pieces in my closet I wore the most and pulled some of my favorite looks from posts past and came to the realization that these three words popped in my mind the most. I wear a $h!t ton of neutrals. I tend to shy away from anything too trendy or patterned or embellished. I try to add feminine touches to balance out some of the modern or edgier pieces. This is my style. I’m not bright + bold, I’m not uber girly and I’m not really one to dress up.  I like to keep things casual and cool.

I also took notice of the trends and pieces that I felt were the most flattering. I live for pencil skirt, wide leg trousers, high waisted/distressed jeans and looser fitting blouses. Oh, and I love dresses – any and every kind.

After taking all of this into account, I started to go through my closet and pull everything that didn’t align with my evolved style. Check out some of my tips below for editing down your closet and stocking up on pieces that will elevate your wardrobe!

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How to Edit Your Closet

  1. If you haven’t worn it in the past year, toss it. This gives you some wiggle room with seasons –  if it hasn’t left your closet since this time last year, it’s gotta go. No need to keep pieces in your closet that are just taking up space for no reason.
  2. Think about the three words you’d use to describe your style. If a piece in your closet doesn’t meet two of those qualities, say buh bye. I ended up getting rid of a ton of super bright dresses and tops because they just don’t really align my style. I bought them because I thought they were cute on the hanger or model but I literally would never wear them IRL.
  3. Weed out the duplicates. I can’t be the only one with four white v neck t shirts. I also have at least ten plaid button ups. Why? Go through these similar pieces and toss away the ones that are a little ratty or just unneeded.
  4. Focus on the “every”day. I don’t why but last year I bought a ton of super dressy looks. I had no where to wear them – but I bought them. I’m talking an obsessive amount of cocktail dresses and glam heels. It’s okay to keep a few in stock for that last minute event but you don’t need a ton of extra stuff if the majority of work outfits are general, everyday style.

Pieces to Elevate Your Wardrobe

Now that you’ve gotten rid of some of that extra fluff, try a few of these items + accessories to elevate your wardrobe no matter your personal style.

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a classic white button up is the perfect staple for any wardrobe. dress it up for a girly look with a floral skirt or go edgy with leather leggings and booties.

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a grey wrap dress is my go to. you can pair with sneakers if cool girl casual is more your thing. you can also try layering on top of a white button up with pumps for the office if you’re a total boss.

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black jeans aren’t just for the edgy girl. try a super feminine blouse and light blazer for something more sophisticated or dress them down with a pair of chucks and your favorite vintage tee.

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I think I wear my leather jacket 4-5 days a week. it doesn’t have to be totally edgy. try a floral print skirt or pair over a simple tank and wide leg trousers.

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distressed jeans are good for the soul. that I believe. you can dress them up with a structured blazer and heels or dress them down and girl with a pair of cute sandals and flirty tank.

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Photos by Shelby Gordon Photography.

3 Comments

  1. 1.16.18
    Tabitha said:

    Great post! I’m guilty of this myself, wearing clothes that’s not me but only because my mom bought it or it looked cute in that moment. It’s definitely something I’m working on so I can have a more cohesive wardrobe. Also, that you look on you with the high slits is just gorgeous.

    Tabitha
    https://shopsiloe.com/

  2. 1.16.18
    Connie said:

    Beautiful as usual.

  3. 1.16.18
    Molly said:

    Love this post! I’ve been trying to do the same thing over the past several months. Really helps create even more looks when you have several versatile pieces as opposed to a hodge podge. And I love your suggestions for pieces to add!

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