Back in 2014 when Colette Patterns launched their Wardrobe Architect series, I thought it was such a brilliant project, but I wasn't in a place to follow along, and honestly, I didn't think I needed it. Fast forward two years later, and a lot in my life has changed. I've been feeling like I needed a total closet reboot for a while now, and while I'm rethinking basically everything in my life right now, tossing my wardrobe into the mix seems to make perfect sense to me. Others might ask, "why add onto the pile of things to do?" But the thing I've learned through my recent loss is that part of what makes me anxious and feel overwhelmed is the lack of control over my environment. So having control over this part of my day to day life feels good right now, and not like a chore at all.
Also, things change with time. I'm not the same person I was when I sewed many of the things in my closet. Tastes evolve, lifestyles shift, and we grow older. Evolution is a good thing and I welcome the shift. A lot of things in my wardrobe that I once loved and wore all the time are now pushed to the back of the closet. My day to day life is not the same as it was a few years ago, nor are my wardrobe needs. And yet, as my life has changed, my wardrobe hasn't changed much at all, leaving me to make impulsive choices and not always thinking what's best for the long run. I'd like to change that and make more of a plan for where my style is going.
I will be documenting my process here on my blog, and invite you to join in if you want! I mentioned that I would be doing this on my Instagram feed, and a handful chimed in that they too wanted to do it along with me. I would love to have a discourse with anyone that wants to do it too!
I am going to follow the original steps as they are and am not going to reinvent a good thing. To make the process manageable, I’ve organized the 13 steps from Colette’s original series into 13 posts to go up every other Tuesday. That gives us all two weeks from task to task, to allow us time to thoughtfully consider our choices, decisions, and to contemplate what we have and what we need and want for our future wardrobe.
If you want to join in, here is the schedule:
01.05 – Announcement
01.19 – Making Style More Personal
02.02 – Defining a Core Style
02.16 – Exploring Shapes
03.01 – Proportions and Silhouettes
03.15 – Your Color Story
03.29 – Organizing Your Palette
04.12 – Exploring Solids & Prints
04.26 – Hair, Makeup, & Beauty
05.10 – The Capsule Wardrobe
05.24 – The Capsule Palette
06.07 – Planning Your Pieces
06.21 – Adding Accessories
07.05 – Overcoming Editing Hurdles
After July 5, I plan to document the implementation of the series as I sew according to the process. I don’t intend to sew an entire new wardrobe by July 5, rather this process is to help me decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to make or buy for the future.
I also hope that it assists me in my fabric purchases moving forward. I have incredible restraint when shopping for finished garments, but I have a terrible lack of restraint when shopping for raw materials! I know I’m not alone in this department and that I’m preaching to the choir here. I think many of us have fabric stashes that we’re a little embarrassed about. Well, at least I do! I have a feeling that my fabric stash is going to get a major gutting along with my closet!
You can see the original series on the Colette Patterns blog here, and stay tuned right here on my blog for the first post on Making Style More Personal on Tuesday, January 19.
So, do you plan to join along?
The Wardrobe Architect Series:
2016 Wardrobe Architect Project
Wardrobe Architect Week One: Making Style More Personal
Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining a Core Style
Wardrobe Architect Week Three: Exploring Shapes
Wardrobe Architect Week Four: Proportions and Silhouettes
Wardrobe Architect Week Five: Your Color Story
Wardrobe Architect Week Six: Organizing Your Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Seven: Exploring Solids & Prints
Wardrobe Architect Week Eight: Hair, Makeup, & Beauty
Wardrobe Architect Week Nine: The Capsule Wardrobe
Wardrobe Architect Week Ten: The Capsule Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Eleven: Planning Your Pieces
Wardrobe Architect Week Twelve: Adding Accessories
Wardrobe Architect Week Thirteen: Overcoming Editing Hurdles