How to go from having nothing to wear to always having something great to wear

Rika
4 min readJul 29, 2022

Like most people during the pandemic, I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole of Amazon and SheIn hauls on both YouTube and TikTok. While I love consuming this type of content, I’ve realized that my closet is overflowing and at max capacity. Despite having endless amount of pieces, the strangest thing is that somehow I managed to have nothing to wear everyday.

This is when I realized it’s time to apply the Konmari method and downsize my closet. While I searched through my closet, I realized a few things:

  • A lot of my clothes are from 7–8 years ago when I was still in college. My body has changed since then, but somehow my mind is convinced that I still have the same body.
  • I have a lot of free T-shirts that I’ve collected over the years. They range from high school, college, work and tech conferences. Should I still even be wearing these?
  • My lifestyle has changed during the pandemic. I no longer wear formal or business casual to work. Most of my days are spent working from home, running errands, and spending time with family and friends.
  • My style has evolved. I no longer wear tight fitting clothes, plunging necklines or short dresses.

After looking through my closet, I realized I needed a plan.

How do I go from having nothing to wear to always having something great to wear?

pile of clothes — https://t3.ftcdn.net/jpg/04/40/53/90/360_F_440539033_2a76yiN1cB1pEOT2njwYkVgIrLCO0of3.jpg

How do I downsize my closet

Wear each and every time item and if it fits, then it stays. Any item that didn’t fit is then listed on Poshmark. This will remove a bulk of the items. I take a photo of myself in the clothes and upload them to Acloset to keep a digital inventory of my closet. Acloset is an outfit planner based on AI and a great way to analyze your closet.

  1. Make a list of occasions where you go into your closet for an outfit and jot down the type of outfit you need. Mines include working at home (comfy and casual), running errands (casual), visiting my parents (modest), hanging out with friends (dressy and cute), and night time wear (PJ sets).
  2. Analyze your clothes and think to yourself, “Where or when would I wear this?” No, it doesn’t count if it’s for an imaginary party or event that may or may not exist in the future. If the item won’t be used in the next month, it’s listed on Poshmark. Now you are left with clothes that you will actually wear!

How should I get dressed everyday

Open up the Acloset app to generate outfits for you to remove the decision making every morning. Once you have your outfit on, take a photo for future references and check off the items in the app so you can start calculating your cost per wear. At the end of the month, you will know exactly what clothes are the most practical for your lifestyle.

How do I know what to buy

During the one month of shopping your closet, you will have moments where you wish you had an item to complete your look. Keep track of those moments and make a list. If you are looking to develop your style, take a look at the thousands of pins on Pinterest which cover almost every aesthetic possible. When you’re ready for your next shopping trip, shop only those items from the list or pins you saved.

How do I invest in my closet

Once you have a closet that meets your needs and lifestyle, you may have some pieces that get torn or become old. When it’s time to retire an item, take the time to research on how you can purchase a more higher quality piece so it will last longer in your closet.

When you are shopping, please do not filter by clearance items. It is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to buy things that you really won’t wear just because it looks cute and it’s on sale. Instead, browse through your favorite websites and add items to your wish list that fit with your style. When you see the items in your wish list are finally on sale, then make the purchase. Trust me, this will save you SO much money!

capsule wardrobe — https://i0.wp.com/emilylightly.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/5-Mood-Boards-to-Inspire-Your-Capsule-Wardrobe-Classic.png?resize=1100%2C619

How do I know if an item is high quality

  1. Look for natural fibers like cotton, linen, silk, and wool.
    Avoid polyester!
  2. Made of thick material and isn’t see through
  3. Garment has lining
  4. Has extra details like buttons, extra stitching, embroidery, etc

What are some great stores to shop at

Bonus Tip: Look at the websites you already shop at and see if they have a filter for fabric type

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Rika

Data Scientist, Photographer, & Social Media Enthusiast