The most helpful one, by far, has been finding my “type” through the Dressing Your Truth systemby Carol Tuttle. I started the process in early 2015 and finally committed to it at the end of that summer.
The first thing I did was get rid of nearly everything that didn’t fit my Type 4 profile. I had a lot of Type 3 stuff (which is my secondary), and the friend who introduced me to the system is actually a Type 3, so I was able to pass some of the stuff on to her.
My favorite part of being a Type 4 was that I was able to keep my favorite color, black, in my wardrobe. Since I initially had very little else that fit the right color palette, however, I was surprised how quickly I got really tired of it.
I didn’t have much to work with to avoid dressing in all black and started feeling quite dreary, so I made a few quick inexpensive secondhand purchases just to hold me over. It can be frustrating learning to recognize your colors, not to mention actually finding them in a store, and particularly if they’re not popular for the season…
It’s definitely been a time of trial and error, but there are a couple things I love about the Dressing Your Truth system:
1. It makes for much faster and less draining shopping since you can very quickly skip over everything that’s not the right color.
2. Since everything in your wardrobe is based on the same color palette, it’s basically all mix and match. You don’t have to have this set of shoes to go with black and another set to go with brown, etc. It all flows.
Sure, there was some initial disappointment with giving up the other colors, but the simplicity and ease it creates in your wardrobe quickly outweighs that.
As I’ve gotten more and more used to wearing only clothes that work well on me, it’s gotten easier and easier to quickly pass on items I don’t feel great in. (This is not to say I always look or feel great, haha – there are other issues at play, like hair, for one, but we won’t go there…)
To be fair, I don’t hardcore follow Type 4, as you’ll see below – I’ve sort of adapted my own twist on it with some aspects of Type 3, like some gold in my jewelry, for example.
Why this doesn't look like a "minimalist" wardrobe...
When I got everything out to take pictures it made me feel claustrophobic, in all honesty, because it’s definitely way more than I need or want to have: 30 shirts, 5 jeans, 4 nice pants, 1 pair of shorts, 3 leggings, 4 skirts, 2 dresses, 14 pairs of shoes, 5 jackets/sweaters
1. This is without a doubt something I’m still developing and upgrading as I continue to settle into the system.
2. This isn’t a 3 month capsule wardrobe like you usually see on other sites – it’s my full wardrobe for all seasons.
3. I’m 15lb over my usual weight, so some of this stuff doesn’t currently fit and some of it was added to accommodate the extra pudge…
4. I purchased some of these things out of season, and haven’t been able to see how everything works together yet.
I view it all as constantly in flux, though, and purposefully buy mostly secondhand so I can try things out – if it doesn’t end up working out and I get rid of something soon after getting it, I view it like very cheaply renting.