THE CURATED CLOSET
As we step into this new year, we are all thinking about new beginnings. Or continuations. How do we achieve our long time goals? Or how do we go about setting some new ones?
In my planning for this new year, I realized a need to be a little bit more transparent with you all (thanks to a lovely email from one of you). For those of you that have been following since 2013, you might have an idea of what I am talking about, but for those of you that are newer followers, during those earlier years of my blogging, I blogged about an idea of wardrobe curation. Buying little and spending a bit more on each piece. Owning what you need and splurging on pieces that will last you for years to come. I called this series The Curated Closet.
Since then the blog has grown, and I have focused a bit more on personal style and travel experiences. And even though things have changed around here, I still practice the same methods. Back in 2012, when I started practicing wardrobe curation, I thought it was a journey to own less and own only what I love. Recently, I have realized that it was less about minimalism (which was trendy at the time) but more about self discovery. Before I limited my wardrobe, my style was all over the place. I was living in NYC at the age of 22 and felt the need to have a wardrobe that would give me confidence. I found a safety in a wardrobe of basics- beautiful basics, like a “french” wardrobe, and thus started to blog about it. Later I realized that this “wearing of basics” was actually more of a detox. A detox needed to re-discover my personal style, which years later I feel like I have finally found.
I work in the fashion industry, and I love fashion. I love feeling good in an outfit. Feeling powerful and confident and most importantly, feeling myself. I am still a curator by heart and while my wardrobe has grown (from pieces I have bought and pieces that I am gifted) It is still highly curated. That curation just looks different now. Its not all basics, but yet its pieces that all work together and pieces that I truly love. If I am gifted something that I dont 100% love, I dont keep it. I give it to a friend, or someone in need, or re-sell it so that I can by something that I love. I am proud to say, that my wardrobe still fits in one small closet in my apartment. I allow myself to buy only a few pieces a season, diligently plan what I am going to buy, and I continue to w base my outfit on a single great basic while adding in a layer of trend.
I also admit to thinking that you all didnt really want to read about the curation process anymore. But I think I was wrong. I aim for my blog to be a place of discovery and inspiration. But I still want there to be some substance, and I think I have got very lazy with that portion. I have become so overwhelmed with the amount of fashion blogs these days. Everyone seems to be doing the same thing. There are so many girls that are dressing alike and buying the same brands, while I still buy the things I love and not just what I find to be super trendy. Often its the lesser known brands, that are making beautiful and interesting things. Artists who are making a living off of the bags, clothes, shoes, goods that they design and make.
So for all of these reasons, I have decided to blog a bit more about my process again, and be more transparent with you all about my selection and which pieces I choose to buy each season. Feel free to also leave any questions or topics that you would be interested in me writing about! I would love any and all feedback. Happy 2017 to you all!