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TCC – The Status Quo & Style Goals

I know I haven’t gone into much (if any) detail on how this series is going to be structured, and the reason for that is that I’m not really that sure myself. So I hope you don’t mind both me and you going with the flow! Today I’m going to be going through the first three little bits of The Curated Closet, which are:

  • Documenting outfits
  • The status quo questionnaire
  • Setting style goals

Documenting Outfits

I will admit that I didn’t do this part very thoroughly, and instead of actually writing down what I wore on a daily basis for two weeks, I ended up being too impatient and just sort of thinking back and writing down what I usually wear day-to-day. I found that of the of the fourteen outfits I picked, I:

Really liked: 8/14

Didn’t dislike but didn’t really like either: 4/14

Didn’t like: 2/14

Which on the whole, was actually a pretty decent starting point. I know going into this wardrobe revamp that I’m on the cusp of a very dramatic style change – from pretty monochromatic smart clothes for school and oversized shirts to wear at the weekend to very bright statement pieces for every day – so I was expecting the result of this two week outfit tracking to end up with a wholly negative result. But it seems that all of the handmade clothes in my wardrobe fit my new style, and the clothes that I don’t like as much anymore are ready-to-wear garments that I’ve had for a couple of years.

The Status Quo Questionnaire

I won’t be going through each and every one of my answers to the 28 questions in this bit, because if I did we would be here for ages! So instead, I thought I’d tell you about the most important things that I realised as I was answering the questions.

  • Currently my style is pretty confused! The reason I’m working through this book in a series is because I want to make sure that all of the clothes that I spend hours making are ones that I’m going to love and wear all the time, and are completely my style. So far, the clothes that I have made are all very bright, and often have vintage inspired silhouettes. But then the other part of my wardrobe is the complete opposite – dark, oversized men’s shirts and tops that I don’t feel portray the message and my personality in the way that I would like them to, and make me feel insecure when I wear them. So my wardrobe has two extremes at the moment!
  • Because of the whole ‘eighty-percent-of-my-wardrobe-is-stuff-that-I-don’t-feel-right-in’ situation, the main colours of the clothes that I wrote down in my documenting outfits section are not the ones that IĀ want to be wearing. I want to bring in lots more prints, bright colours and pastels, and get rid of some of the darker colours that I’m not much a fan of wearing anymore.
  • I realised that I don’t really have many accessories that would really make me happy with an outfit, for example a bag that matches my shoes, or statement necklaces.
  • I only wear about 20% of the clothes in my wardrobe on a regular basis
  • I really want to hone my shopping strategy and be more considered in the colours of fabrics that I go for and have a clear idea of what I want to make with the fabric as soon as I buy it, so that I know what I can pair it with out of clothes, shoes and accessories in my pre-existing wardrobe.
  • I want to dress in a way that makes me happy, and portrays me as a happy person (and hopefully makes other people smile too!) and I know that I’m not one to really pay attention to what the current ‘trends’ are – I just wear what I like!

And the final bit for this blog post…

Setting Style Goals

  • I’ve already said this, but currently my wardrobe has two extremes – my lovely handmade clothes which I am (apart from a few pieces that haven’t worked out so well) totally in love with, and ready-to-wear garments that I’ve had for a few years and are still lovely, but aren’t really my style anymore. I want to move the things that aren’t as ‘me’ out of my wardrobe, and instead fill it up with very thought-through, lovingly made clothes!
  • I would also like to learn how to style and accessorise my outfits a little bit better, so that I can wear the bright outfits that I love but avoid looking too childish. Obviously, I want them to be comfortable and practical too!

That’s all for this post folks, I hope you enjoyed it! Like I said on my Instagram, I’m going to be doing two TCC Series posts this week rather than just the one (there’s going to be a TCC post every Thursday) because of my lack of being able to do videos for the time being! So my next one will be published on Sunday. See you then!

 

Again, a little disclaimer, I’m not writing this so that you can use my posts to sort through your own wardrobe (I wish I could, but copyright you know) so if you’d like to work through the book with me, please do go and borrow it from a friend, the library or buy it from Amazon. And also, this isn’t at all sponsored!

5 thoughts on “TCC – The Status Quo & Style Goals

  1. Hi Harriett (NaturalDane here)

    Great post! Over the weekend I started down sizing my closet and guess what I found, most of everything I’m taking to charity are ready to wear pieces – LOL! I have a couple of memade, but 2 of those are things I made recently that I will NEVER wear as it’s truly not my style and the other is something I made a few years ago that is ill fitting and no longer my style. I need to buy more fashion jewelry as well, I love my, what we call in the US “costume jewelry”, just fun, bright pieces. Not sure if I will get this book, but I am doing inventory of my wardrobe and now I’m starting to build a list of wardrobe pieces I’d like to have base on categories: Church, work (and for the most part I can wear the same types of clothes to both work and church) and weekend wear and vacation wear. The only things I truly want to buy are Jewelry and shoes – LOL!

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    1. Hello! Well done for having a closet clear out, I haven’t been able to bring myself round to doing my clear out yet! How funny that most of the things that you moved out were RTW, just goes to show how much more personalised you can be when you make your own clothes! There’s absolutely no need to get the book if you’re feeling confident doing your own inventory and planning things, I know that I wouldn’t have been able to do that bit very effectively without some guidance! Good luck on your hunt for some more costume jewellery, I’m looking for brighter necklaces too!

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  2. This book looks like a must have for me! I have such a strange mix in my wardrobe! Of course people’s tAste evolve with time, but I am such a sucker for a bargain I have lots of things that I’m just ‘meh’ about.

    I suppose we have to have a little ‘having a shit day’ and ‘hospital case’ wardrobe too! – I should think about this. How nice would it be when we feel poorly to have soft comfortable but still clothes we love to slip into on those days! – not my grey oversized yoga trousers!

    Look forward to the next post
    Marie x

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    1. Hello Marie!
      I’m in exactly the same boat at the moment, my wardrobe is totally confused with a really odd mix! I think the book is definitely aimed at people that have never PROPERLY considered their style before (which is most certainly me) or have a lot of things in their wardrobe that arent really ‘them’, so I think you’re right, this book could probably benefit you!

      I definitely have the ‘having a shit day’ and ‘hospital’ segments in my wardrobe, they’re probably the parts that I reach for the most!! Which is why (like you, we’re obviously totally on the same page) I want to prioritise those bits when I’m sorting out so that I can be super comfy but also wear something that cheers me up!!

      Have a lovely weekend x

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  3. Hi,
    I have just started reading The Curated Closet and had just gotten to the part of documenting what I wore. Your video talking about this book really inspired me to pick it up and I am really enjoying your blog about going through the book and how to implement the tips in the book.

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