Building a versatile closet is not so much about shopping as it is about editing. Keep mental notes on which pieces make you feel like the best version of yourself, and move from there.
Choose a selection of pieces you really love best, not too many- maybe 8 or fewer. Study these. What makes you like these items? It might be silhouette, color, fabric, texture, or any other quality.
Don’t simply buy multiples of the same items, but take cue from your wardrobe “all-stars” and start building looks around these. See if there are any missing pieces. Shop your closet as much as possible, and make a list of items that you repeatedly search for and don’t find in your closet.
A well-edited closet will really make your life simpler. Take the time to go through this process every few months and you will save yourself time and stress every single morning. Always have a box or bag of items in the back of your closet that are awaiting selling and/or donation. If you don’t touch something in the donation box for 3-4 months, you can be sure you won’t miss it!
When you do eventually shop for those key items to round out and get more mileage out of your favorite existing pieces, have patience to search for just the right piece. Having fewer and more well-selected items in your closet not only makes your life easier but is better for the environment and easier on your wallet in the long run.
You can always have fun with add-ons like scarves and jewelry. No need to buy diamonds, but if you find something you love and think you will wear for a long time, make an investment in buying the best quality you can afford. You will thank yourself later!
The beautifully organized and lust-worthy closet above is from the lovely Cupcakes and Cashmere.