Caroline Oetting, Sophomore
As someone who avidly follows fashion on social media, I’ve recently seen a trend showing the creation of something called a curated closet. The basic idea of this type of wardrobe is to keep up a generally seasonal, minimalist wardrobe. They can range from any number and kind of pieces, however, they all have a matching color palette or aesthetic. The appeal of a curated closet in the ease with which you can pick out outfits fast and efficient, since everything will generally go together. In this article, I’ll take you along in my process of creating my own curated closet, showing some steps you can take to create your very own!
To start out, writing down what you plan to do with your new closet is very helpful. As you can see, I started out making a little pie chart of how I spend my time, and what kinds of outfits I generally need for those types of things: slightly casual clothes for school, comfy clothes for at home, dressier outfits for going out, then some athletic wear as well as some formal wear. This will ensure that you are spending money on clothes that will actually get worn. Next, I made a little list of items or styles that I know I like, such as vintage pieces, flower graphics, monochrome and muted colors, and oversized or cropped tops. Write down what your individual style is made of! I also made a list of things I personally don't really like. Finally, I made a shopping list, of items that I think would fit well into my curated closet and would match the look.
The second part of creating a curated closet is probably the least fun: clearing out your original wardrobe. Now, the complete switch to this minimalistic type of fashion is drastic, but doable. Keeping that in mind, you definitely don’t have to make a that kind of switch. The way I made my curated closet was just by separating the pieces I intended to be key pieces in my seasonal look from my normal closet. I chose to do this rather than completely ditching every other piece of clothing that didn’t match my aesthetic goal. However, I did do a closet “detox”, creating space for new clothes and getting rid of ones that I hadn’t worn in the past six months, didn’t fit anymore, or I simply didn’t like anymore. Some of these clothes I gave to friends, while some I donated. There are a bunch of donating centers around the area or in parking lots. Goodwill or Red Cross are also options. This will create more space for new clothes that better fit into your curated closet!
Finally, you can start actually creating your new wardrobe! As you can see in mine, a curated closet can include much more than just tops and bottoms. I added in two staple pairs of shoes, and some accesories, like my leather backpack. For my closet, I went for a slightly grungy, London-esc aesthetic, containing of a lot of cooler tones and pastels. I included (left to right), a black pair of mom jeans, ripped light wash skinny jeans,and a leather jacket and black cardigan, along with my favorite olive flannel. For tops I added a pastel blue basic sweater, a light pink slinky “pajama” top, a Rolling Stones tee, and a cropped graphic tee. Again, since my curated closet is just an extension on my regular one, mine doesn’t contain much, but the specifics are really up to you! All in all, a curated closet is a really fun way to spice up your style and take some fashion risks, as well as create a cute little ensemble to add to your room!