I have my legs comfortably crossed, and I do not fear that my beige linen pants will stretch out on the knees. Do you know that frustration of purchasing the most stunning pair of pants and then finding out that each sitting turns the knee part into a humongous balloon? Until the pandemic and unavoidable work-from-home routine, I could not suppose I had no proper home wear wardrobe. Well, I had sweaters, a few t-shirts I stole from my husband, a pair of cashmere pants and shorts or dresses for summer. I had those pieces that allowed me a few hours in front of a computer and a few hours of fulfilling house chores. Then, when the moment of staying home longer than a couple of hours a day caught me rather unexpectedly, I lost myself trying to figure out what to wear. Yes, yes, some people feel productive and creative in a pair of sweat pants. That is not my case, unfortunately. What I wear, outgoings of the profession, affects my energy, directly. Therefore, while having a well-built and perfectly sustainable for my pre-pandemic lifestyle wardrobe, I lacked clothes for the next few months of isolation, which, as you had already heard, I could not spend in sweatpants. Therefore, over the last two months, I’ve built quite a collection of comfortable basics that allow me the freedom of movement, that are durable and contribute to any creative activity I fill my days with.
The reason I started with this example of my house wear is that it has a perfect reflection on the importance of having a wardrobe that fits into the lifestyle, and no circumstances can catch you off guard. A well-curated wardrobe means each piece in it was picked with precise attention to details. There I speak not only about buttons or colours, I want to focus on something that stands beyond appearance - the life purpose. A few days ago, I had put aside a pile of clothes to bring to the donation centre and consignment store. The pile included well made, quality pieces that, however, had never added value into my life, or into my wardrobe. Unintentionally purchased, only for the attractive appearance, they had never fit into the statement of a wardrobe built on pieces that fill it with harmony. They just were there, barely worn. Therefore, the focus is to ask questions such as “Does that item speak to me?” “Will I wear it frequently and feel my best in it?” (Believe me even two different simple t-shirts can make you feel completely different.) and finally, “Will this piece work in accord with pieces I already have?” Those questions allow us to see the wardrobe as a whole being, as a working system, an organism if you will.
I dare to suggest the idea that a well-curated wardrobe is equal to the maturity of the mind. I can not say I’ve ever met a person who, from the very beginning of their conscious life, could proclaim themselves wise about spending, smart about what to wear and decisions beyond that. That sounds rather dull and plastic, it sounds too perfect, too unnecessary to be true. Therefore, moving further in life one develops, learns, and finally finds the way to hear the intuitive suggestions that work for both, the colour of the blouse, or if that person is my true soulmate. There it is, maturity in one word.
A well-curated wardrobe is about redefining the whole way we think of clothes, waste, sopping, and self-image. It is the process. I start with research, inspiration, I start with self-education about fabric, silhouettes, about styles and one day in the middle of all of this, I see a real vision of that dream piece to add to my life that responds positively to all those questions. Perhaps because I spend much time of my life working, writing, talking about fashion, I do not separate my wardrobe from my life. I see it as a part of my life that is not the most important, after all, those are just clothes, but important enough for me to talk about it. A well-curated wardrobe is something that saves time in the morning, and headache if a sudden change in lifestyle arrives. A well-curated wardrobe can be compared to the education of the mind. It is a journey, and reveals pure intelligence and teaches to pay attention to details and to appreciate what I already own.