I know, I know, I know. I’m one of–like–seven people who really appreciates having rules and guidelines. Naturally, when I was dreaming up my brand new wardrobe (that I actually enjoy wearing), I had to give myself some principles to adhere to. It would be very easy for me to give my wardrobe a makeover and then once that was done go right back to my crazy, disconnected methods of clothing acquisition. I need rules to help me keep to the straight and narrow pathway to a functional wardrobe.
As I was thinking about my rules, I did find this series of posts from the blog “Putting Me Together” really inspiring. She talks about building a “remixable” wardrobe which is just exactly what I’m trying to do! The only thing is she shops and I sew. Whatevs! The ideas are still good!
So, here are my Rules to Sew By:
- Each new separate piece should be able to be worn with at least three other pieces currently in my closet. I’m giving myself a little bit of leeway here at the beginning because I’m essentially starting from scratch. Right now I’m also counting future makes that I’ve already planned on. For example, I plan to make an A-line skirt with some aqua, red, and cream cotton in my stash. I’ve already figured out that I could wear a red tee (which needs to be made), a chambray shirt (also needs to be made), or a red cardi (which I already have).
- Each new dress should be able to be worn as part of three different looks. Dresses can be tricky for me–especially all those crazy floral dresses I spent all of last year sewing. Other than choosing different accessories, there wasn’t much else I could do to change the look of the dresses. Even when I have a simple dress, I tend to wear it the same way every time. But, I’m ready to get out of my rut! Let’s say I make a little navy knit dress. I could wear it with a scarf and boots; throw on a statement necklace and some heels; belt it with a cardi and some flats; or pair it with a button-up tied at the waist and some sandals. See what I mean? I bet that if I got a little creative, I could do the same with some of those bold florals as well.
- For every six remixable pieces I make, I can choose to make one statement piece. In my opinion, a lot of the dresses I’ve already made are statement pieces, garments that can stand alone, that don’t always play well with others. A good example would be my Whipstitch dress.That dress just is what it is. I could throw on a cardi or different shoes, but there’s not really anything I can do to make the dress look like anything other that what it is. It has loads of personality, and that’s why I love it. And really, I don’t want to cover the personality up, if you know what I mean. This dress is a statement piece. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having some statement pieces. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a wardrobe filled with statement pieces! If that’s what you want, awesome! But, not me. I’m a simple gal with simple tastes. However, I think a few well-placed statement pieces will help liven up my wardrobe. Why every “six” pieces? I don’t know–it sounded good.
- For each new piece that gets added to the wardrobe, one piece should be removed. This is a fantastic rule, one that I know several of you probably already follow. At this point in my overhaul, I don’t need to get rid of anything else. I’ve already done that. The question is, at what point will my wardrobe be complete? I’m thinking that once I reach a certain point, it will be time to start removing things. I just don’t know what that point is. It would seem a little silly to come up with a number, but maybe that’s what I need to do so that my wardrobe doesn’t grow too large. Remember, the goal is a small, remixable wardrobe.
- I will always, always sew what I love. But, I will also keep in mind long-term wearability. I don’t want to wear things I don’t love. I love things that I can wear over and over to multiple occasions. The end.
I’m learning a new way to think about my wardrobe, and I hope that by giving myself some fairly concrete rules, I can avoid falling into the dysfunctional wardrobe pit.
Next time, I’ll finally get to reveal my master plan! You’ve probably noticed that I’ve put a LOT of thought into this. I’m very interested to see what you think! And to see what you’ve all got up your fall sewing sleeves 🙂