it must be great to have a huge walk-in closet packed with everything you can think of to wear. yes. most of us dream of having that in our life. i actually know a few who does have it. especially out here. but i am not one of those. i have a very humble 3-door closet that is not even close to being filled up from top to bottom. so when people say i have a huge closet with a ton of clothes, they surely do not know the art of mixing it up.
i used to buy a ton of trendy clothes. whatever was new and in, i would get it. wear it once. and never again. sometimes i dont even get to wear it at all. i even remember going crazy for sales. like buy them just because they were cheap but knowing in the back of my head that i will never wear them. ever. but as the years went by, and as i started clearing my closet (i do regular donations and sell at the local flea markets because i honestly hate hanging on to things that may just collect dust plus they may just be more useful to someone else) i realized i had to change how i invested in my closet. yes, your closet is a huge investment. and everyone should try and see it that way. i started investing in basics. and classic pieces with simple cuts and great fabrics that i know will last me longer. i realized that the abundance of clothes that i used to spend on was not giving me its worth simply because i could not work with it season after season. plus if you add all the money you have spent on all the sales and put together the stuff you have worn or made use of for years, believe me, you will only see a handful. this revelation though only came with a little maturity in my personal style. oh and with age.
oh and contrary to what other people may think. i do not actually spend money on shopping. if so, it is not obscene. and i dont even shop as often as you may think. once or twice a year at the most. and probably for a shirt. i even shop more for my niece.
and i did learn a new trick in the past couple of years. if there is a piece that has worked in my closet for years and still looks good, i usually take it to my ever reliable tailor for a revamp. like this skirt for example. i got bored with it after a couple of years but because it still looks darn good, i decided to change it by adding a slit. and voila. a brand new skirt that can create a whole lot of new different looks.
i do this to a lot of my old skirts. add a slit. cut it shorter. whatever i can think of to recreate a new piece. so my tip for today? learn the art of investing in your closet wisely. and creatively putting flair to a somewhat old wardrobe by simply mixing it up.
SIDE NOTE: dont feel bad about letting go of your things. remember that instead of it collecting dust, know that it may just be more useful and more loved by someone else.
BANANA REPUBLIC knit top | MARKS & SPENCER skirt | 3.1 PHILLIP LIM shoes | 3.1 PHILLIP LIM pashli bag | PRADA sunglasses
photographs captured by princess lovella