i started my lean closet journey by figuring out exactly how i wanted to dress this season. ordinarily I'd just think, "if it's cute, buy it." but now that I'm downsizing my wardrobe to have fewer, but better options, I have to be more tactical. first, I decided what i would be doing during this season, what colors I love to wear and words to associate with my "look" so i don't get off track when I go shopping. (weirdly, the word association thing has helped waaaaay more than I thought it would while surrounded by racks of clothes.)
i also went through my pinterest history to find style i wanted to emulate during this season. they had to look like "me," exude the vibe I'm going for, and be appropriate for the events in my schedule. these six were my top choices. they mirror my diagnostic above and use a lot of similar pieces, which will help me whittle down my shopping list.
next, I actually approached my closet. I took inventory of what I want to wear for the season (and stored the rest) and then added in what I want to add (with the asterisk).
finally, instead of blindly going out shopping for what is cute and ending up with 13 stripe tops, I have more direction. I can set a budget, check items off my list, and start putting outfits together!