Details, friends. And a new dress that I may or may not have justified buying for the sole purpose of inaugurating a new era….
Welcome to Closet365 2012 Edition: The Perfect Closet Project
You heard correct. The blog is back and there is an entirely new project on the horizon. What is this new venture? Oh, I’m so glad you asked! Because I’ma tell you right now! (The new project does not entail any more or less ghetto slang. You have been informed.)
It is April 8, 2012. In 2010, I sought out to do something I myself wasn’t sure I could do. I spent a year blogging daily and wearing 365 different outfits. When I finished, I was very tired. And a I had A LOT of clothing. Still, I had very little else to show for myself. This blog was then and remains to be a source of pride for me. A body of work in personal style and as a sometimes writer. A chaotic year has passed in between and I sometimes question whether or not it even really happened.
When the project ended, I pondered how I might top it or how I might proceed going forward. I had no answers and so I did nothing instead. I took a fast-paced job and a high-end, intensely corporate clothing store and poured myself into fashion in a different way. But of course, the experience of doing the Closet365 Project has never left me. Which is why I’ve decided to put my experiences to use in a whole new light.
On March 31st, I celebrated my 29th birthday. And as I ponder my goals for entering my 30th year, there are a lot of things I want to accomplish, but the one thing kept coming back to me was my desire to express myself through fashion.
With that in mind, 2012/2013 my attention turns to the closet once again. But this time, I’m looking at it with new and more focused eyes. The original rendition of Closet365 was all about go go go. It didn’t stop. It didn’t pause. It didn’t edit or refine. It didn’t think. It was a wonderful flourish of energy and creativity, but it lacked introspect.
Enter, the new challenge. This year, with the resources I have at hand, and by the grace of this blog, I seek to create The Perfect Closet. Not just in terms of physical space, although that is part of it, but in terms of content and context. I am out to create the perfect closet, but also the perfect wardrobe. One that can not only be revered but enjoyed and utilized.
In keeping with the original 365 challenge, this is about functionality in fashion. About using one’s resources wisely, whether it’s the contents of your wallet or the depth of your inspiration pool. That part of the original intent remains in tact. But for all purposes, this new challenge is about taking it to the next level. About walking the walk and talking the talk. It is about pure personal style and developing a concept that works day in and day out.
This will not be as intensive as the original Closet365 Challenge. It’s about practicality. 2010 frequently found me scrambling to put together an outfit and a blog post. Often to the detriment of actually enjoying the outfits or the occasions they rose to. This time is different. The Perfect Closet Project is…still a project. Yet it’s also a lifestyle. My vision is about creating a wardrobe that works in real-time and can be enjoyed as such.
So how does it work? Well. There’s a plan. There is always a plan. In six phases. Spanning the approximate course of one year. Each day this week, I’ll be outlining a phase of the project as well as donning an outfit that represents that concept. DID SOMEBODY SAY THEME WEEK?! YOU BETCHA! This should give you a better idea of how this is going to work. So stay tuned as I outline the shenanigans this week.
And then the fun begins. I do hope you’ll join me.
Title courtesy of Feist – “The Undiscovered First”