A few years ago, I had the great experience of working with a wardrobe stylist in hopes of building a classic wardrobe. She went through everything I own and made me try it all on to see if it fit or not and if it was in line with the image I wanted to project. I wanted to be someone who always looked put together. Looked expensive. Looked like I had put some thought into my look. I wanted to look, in a word, refined.
She started the process by getting to know me, spending some time browsing my Pinterest boards, and quickly came to the realization that I’m a lover of the traditional, classic wardrobe. As we went through my closet, this meant that much of the one-off pieces that seemed like a good idea at the time were donated and I was left with something very minimal and yet modern. Classic doesn’t mean wearing 1950’s housewife dresses (although I have to admit they’re adorable on occasion) and it doesn’t mean wearing all black every day. Int means a wardrobe that is timeless. Wait, Amanda, isn’t that boring? Nope. Not even a little bit. Sure, I’ll admit that every now and again I think to myself that I should live a little… Buy something in a bright color or a print… And I do. But the fundamental building blocks of my wardrobe? Classic cuts and styles in black, white, gray, navy and camels.
Classic Wardrobe : How did I figure out that I wanted one?
Well, look at this image below (from Goop). Does it make your heart flutter in your chest?
If yes, you have classic wardrobe-itis.
Welcome to the world of curated, small closets in coordinating colors. A classic wardrobe isn’t cheap – check out the price tags, above – but buying good quality investment pieces will last a lifetime if properly maintained. It makes it easy to get dressed in the morning. Easy to see what is missing from my closet, easy to see what I don’t need (another gray t-shirt) and what I do (a cashmere navy cardigan!). It’s made my life easier. I even narrowed down things as seemingly mindless as the blouses I wore to work everyday. I wear silk blouses exclusively in colors that complement the rest of my wardrobe.
Now that I’ve been working at building my classic wardrobe in quality over quantity, I’m really starting to benefit when I see sales online. Before, I’d see 70% stickers and load my cart fuller than you could dream of or I’d see a label and buy it even if I didn’t love it. I now look at the little list of things I keep in my notebook that I need and if those items are on sale, great. If they’re not, I force myself to wait a few hours – or days – to think about it.
Here is a great example. I was at the Doctor’s Office getting weighed (yay, pregnancy) and the nurse kindly told me I didn’t have to take off my boots because I’d worn them the last three times and they were all calculated in my weight. I blushed because I didn’t realize I wore my boots that often – the last three times were all on random days over a three month span. I asked my husband who nodded and told me I wore them all the time. When I got home, I looked around for flats I could wear casually and realized I had none. Heels? Sure, had a dozen pairs. But flat shoes that weren’t running shoes? Zero. Because I have edited my classic wardrobe closet, I knew that I wanted driving shoes. Black suede driving shoe loafers. So I went online, found a pair of black suede Pradas (above) at a killer deal and pulled the trigger. I didn’t feel guilty, I don’t feel regret. I just feel like I’ve added a sold piece to my rotation that I’ll wear for years to come.
Here’s my current inspiration board, if it can help inspire you!
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