When I travel, I always try to find any cool books about style, fashion, wardrobe planning, art etc. etc... This one looks pretty innocuous, but since it's by the authors of L'Armoire Ideale des Parasseuses, I thought it was well worth grabbing.
For a long time, I've often pondered the difference between stores that we love, and closets that we detest. If this were my closet, I would be endlessly happy:
|Eileen Fisher Store - Madison Avenue New York|
So how does one get to the point of loving one's closet as much as one's favorite store? This excellent book has a great mental strategy:
Your clothing = your boutique collectionThink of your closet as the things that you would purchase if you were a buyer for a multi-brand boutique. You know how boutiques will carry multiple brands, but will all have a unified feeling, and theme, and overall aesthetic? That's what you're trying to accomplish when you purchase your clothes.
You = the designerRather than being in a passive position, and being a victim of your shopping whims, being the designer who curates the boutique in question puts your solely in charge.
Your wardrobe = your shopYour construct your closet be like an ideal boutique, in which you find the perfect mix between indispensable basics, and more creative pieces which lends originality and personality.
Your purchases = restocking your storeEverything that you purchase must coordinate perfectly with what's already in the store. That's the principle of restocking: you don't add pieces that are incompatible; you always build on the same foundations.
Your wardrobe organization = the store displaysIn boutiques, clothes aren't just hung up at random. They're presented to tell color "stories", or all items in a category are shown together. The most current pieces are given prominence - your trench coat in the spring, your sundresses in the summer. You can hang complete outfits on a hanger, and have them ready to go. Or even pull together outfits and photograph, to create your own look book.
Looking in your closet = shoppingDo you have an irresistible desire to go shopping? Organizing your closet can serve a function similar to that of window-shopping - you can rediscover forgotten garments, think of a new way to wear your basics, new ideas might appear. You can come up with some new outfits without spending a penny.
I think that this is a fascinating way to think about one's wardrobe and one's closet... I'm going to try it on, mentally, and see how it feels.