I’m 20-something software engineer based in the East SF Bay Area doing the outfit diary thing for fun. You can see all my daily outfit posts on Instagram @mgetsdressed, where I also include thoughts on my process for styling each outfit.
I enjoy learning about how other people curate their closets and put together their outfits, so I decided to share my process. I also find that writing things down helps me clarify my thoughts and is a good reference for later, especially w.r.t. how my closet and outfits change over time. Hopefully you find some of it helpful or interesting!
I’m really into structure and organization generally, so I’ve made an Airtable base to keep track of my wardrobe inventory and log my outfits. You can view it as well as get the templates to start your own Airtable base over in the Wardrobe Tracking page. I also have some sample wardrobe tracking spreadsheets there.
What’s the referral links situation here?
The only referral links currently on the site are for Airtable, and I always also provide non-referral links. They don’t pay me additionally to talk about them. I discuss it as software that has been helpful for me, but depending on what you are looking to get out of wardrobe tracking, it may not necessarily be the best option for you. To learn more about Airtable, see Wardrobe Tracking.
Any other links to purchasable items will be cleaned links with no referral or tracking codes.
If you are interested in finding similar items to what I wear, I periodically update my shares page on Poshmark with specific items in various sizes that are the same or very similar to what I have. I’m not in any affiliate program with Poshmark and I don’t get any benefit if you buy something from my share page. I’ve just found that the easiest way to create a “shop my closet” resource.
Once you see a specific item, I encourage you to look around on eBay, depop, thredUP, Facebook Marketplace, and other sources to find the best size/colorway/price. My closet is viewable virtually on Airtable if there’s an item you don’t see on Poshmark. But I mostly don’t include direct links for any of the pieces in there.
If you’ve found any of the articles here helpful, you can support me directly through BuyMeACoffee! (It doesn’t literally buy me coffee, it’s basically a virtual tip jar ☕️)
🌻 Thank you!
💌 How can I contact you?
You can reach me through Instagram DM @mgetsdressed, or at mgetsdressed at gmail dot com.
📏 What are your measurements?
For sizing reference, I am 5’1″ with
38″ bust – 29″ waist – 39″ hips. quarantine update: 39″ bust – 31″ waist – 40″ hips. My most common size is US 8.
📝 How would you describe your style?
When I first started out on a wardrobe overhaul, I found it really helpful to have a sort of style north star by curating my closet and outfits to generally fit into one or two aesthetics.
At this point, I’m more in the roll-with-it mode when it comes to my day to day aesthetic. I like every item in my closet, and I’ve spent so long really concentrating on styling things that I have a solid idea on how the pieces work together, so I don’t need to constantly reference back to one style framework to keep myself focused.
However, I still really enjoy making Pinterest boards, and for any given outfit, I find it easier and more satisfying to put it together when I have a specific vibe in mind, even if it’s different from one day to the next or incorporated to a lesser degree.
Here are some of the style concepts that I reference the most.
🐌 “Crunchy Casual”
I’d sum the style up as utilitarian and playful with hints of punk and hippie. In internet-speak: “somewhere between art hoe and gorp-core”, or possibly even just “whatever was at Urban Outfitters.”
I have a blog post that goes into a more in-depth breakdown of what this means to me.
Romantic and earthy-but-not-hippie. Somewhere at the nexus of cottagecore/mori and vintage academia aesthetics, with a touch of fairytale/fantasy. I started the board in Fall 2018, though it was pretty strongly influenced by the particular flavor of polyvore/tumblr nature-twee seen in the “Polyvore Throwbacks” subsection.
I personally enjoy the exercise of distilling a style, and I find that having a framework to work with makes it easier to come up with outfits on a day to day basis.
Do you need to have this level of detail mapped out for your own outfits in order to just wear clothes? Definitely not! Sitting down and defining your current style preferences can be a useful tool or just an interesting exercise, but it is by no means necessary to just get dressed.
Although to be honest, I often think about giving up on elaborate style personas and just dying my hair an unnatural style, getting more ear piercings, and exclusively wearing vintage ugly sweaters and t-shirts with jeans and Doc Martens.
🔎 A Framework for Depth
One sort of design philosophy I like to revisit is this “what makes a place magical” checklist written by James Talbot for the development of the Casa Neverlandia art house (via u/weph on reddit).
While some of it is clearly specific to environment design, I think a lot of it is also applicable to how to style a slightly whimsical outfit with depth or curating a wardrobe that makes it easier to do that. Lots of good food for thought around how you can build a visually enriched look.
I also like to use the general visual design concept of incorporating small, medium, and large pieces throughout the outfit. Mark Kennedy (a lead animator at Disney) did a great write-up of this on his blog here: http://sevencamels.blogspot.com/2006/08/dd4-small-medium-and-large.html