Even though it was so nice to pare down belongings with the KonMari method, one additional benefit was that I was more clearly able to spot holes. There were four things that I felt like I didn’t have but that would be staples in my closet.
I mostly figured it out as I was going through everything in my closet, item by item, thinking, “Well, I would wear this more if I had…” and I kept saying the same few things. It really came down to three staples, and it’s so simple.
I had a few skirts that definitely “sparked joy,” but I didn’t have a ton of tops to wear with, especially in cold weather. I don’t love tucking in sweaters into skirts and sometimes a button down is too fussy. Plus, I love the look of a high waisted skirt and a tucking in a tee is a great way to accentuate it. I also had a couple of dresses that are sleeveless and I was at a loss for how to style them without wearing a cardigan. The more I thought of it, the more versatile these turtlenecks would be: under dresses, with jeans and a vest, under a sweater, with a blazer, tucked into a skirt… etc!
I’ve been talking about a black cashmere scarf for a while, and I found the most amazing deal on one. Sometimes it pays off to wait to the “end” of the season! (But I know I’m going to get so much use out of it.) What I love about this particular cashmere scarf is that it’s oversized but not a full-on blanket. It’s lightweight, but still super warm.
As I was going through my closet, I was thinking on more than one occasion, “Why don’t I wear this dress more?” And I realized it’s because I don’t have navy heels. I have a lot of summer shoes (nude sandals) that I can wear with my navy dresses, but not a lot of options that I love for the winter. I have a great pair of nude pumps and black pumps…. but no navy! I have three dresses hanging on the clothing rack in my office just waiting for navy pumps.