Cuyana Lean Closet Wrap Up | Breanna Rose

Since writing this post about editing down my closet a few weeks back, the lovely ladies over at Cuyana asked me to write about my own personal journey for their Lean Closet Series. This is the last week of their series, so as a summary / wrap up, they’ve pulled in myself and Madelynn Hackwith ( who I totally admire in her own Wardrobe Series + overall style ) to share our wardrobe stories of what lead us to fewer, better things.

Cuyana Lean Closet Wrap Up | Breanna Rose

But here’s the thing : I’ve never really considered myself a style maven of any sort. Developing my wardrobe and putting together outfits has always been a challenge for me, but when I stepped into my closet last month to purge 2/3 of what I owned, I made a promise to myself that it was time to get confident and invest in pieces that I would 100% love and feel good in. No more wishy washy “okay I’ll wear that” stuff. Seriously, though, confidence can make any old day that much better. Even if like me, you’re just working in your home office and nobody notices. With that said, I was honored to share my own true story, struggles, and goals for the future when it comes to my own wardrobe. As much as I’ve pushed it aside in the past, it’s quickly becoming a fun new venture that I’m excited to experiment with going forward.

  1. I am in the same boat right now! I am so tempted to throw everything out & start anew, but I get so frustrated when I go to the mall. I feel like being in early-to-mid 20’s is a weird age for shopping.

    • breanna says:

      I definitely get frustrated going to the mall ( or wherever ), too. I have days where I find absolutely NOTHING, which is a bit disheartening. But usually the next trip is just fine. Gotta work on patience, oh boy do I ever. ;)

  2. Congrats Lady!
    So happy for you and this adventure- of course let me know if you need any help/advice or have questions! A journey so worth the investment :)

    • breanna says:

      Thanks, lady! Have loved following along your style. We gotta meet up sometime … you can tell me where to shop. ;) #struggles … And of course we can talk about GofT.

  3. Rebecca says:

    You inspired me last time you brought it up Breanna (and the link to Madeline was priceless). I’ve emptied out my closet too and now I’m following all the steps to get it to be where I want it to be. It feels actually good to have it so empty (who knew!) and to know I’ll hopefully save $$ in the long run. Thanks!

  4. jensen says:

    ooooooh, all of those knits look so cozy!

    I try to purge my closet every 6 months, and it’s just about time to do it again. It’s been so fun reading about how everyone goes about their closet. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s all about the basics, which I think are the hardest to invest in, but oh boy do they make a world of difference in the mixing and matching!

  5. Joy says:

    I’m in a weird transitional space right now- I’ve lost about 20 lbs, so a ton of my highly edited closet doesn’t fit anymore. (Seriously only have about five ‘working’ outfits at the moment.) I’m totally with you on investing in better, fewer pieces (and I had already done that at my ‘old’ size)- the scale continues to go down- so I don’t really want to invest a huge chunk of change on the transitional wardrobe. I really appreciated the section where you talk about further defining your style. I had done that a little bit, but I’m definitely going to dedicate some time this week to a bit more research. I think that half of the reason I favored my old clothes, shapes, and textures was for their weight-hiding ability and not for what I truly loved about them. I think that’ll make finding a few transitional pieces easier.

    • breanna says:

      Congrats to you! And yes, I think researching is really important. Just so we don’t make impulse buys ( which of course will still probably happen ) – – but that’s where I’ve gotten in trouble in the past. Buying something without thinking too much about it and then never really wearing it …

  6. love this. i have really been trying to make a conscious effort to spend money on quality items. for too long now i’ve been a sucker for target, forever21, etc. crap crap crap!!!

    • breanna says:

      Oh do I feel ya. I used to only shop at those places because you could get so much for less money. But in the end, I don’t really think it was the better deal unfortunately. Funny thing is, I had NO problem getting rid of those clothes because I knew I didn’t pay a ton for them.

  7. Kerry Rose says:

    I remember reading your first post about this and thinking about it for a few days afterward…I recently moved into my apartment from the home I grew up in, and I realized that I left more than half of my clothes and shoes in my old bedroom. I guess that’s a fairly big sign that I invested in some simple, well-made pieces of clothing, ones that suit my style now. As we grow and mature, so should our wardrobes! Thank you for bringing this to light for me, & I look forward to reading more about this on your blog :)

    • breanna says:

      I did the same when I moved out of my childhood home! It’s like we suddenly realized it was okay to part with some stuff. Heavy transition time for SURE. :) Thank you for stopping by!!

  8. Sarah says:

    Read your piece and loved it! I’m currently in the process of a “closet purge” too, ever since I realized I was always reaching for the same pieces.. It’s more difficult a task than most would realize!

  9. Annie says:

    Love, love, love this!!

  10. Sarah says:

    This is exactly what I need to do as well! Too often I find myself taking so long to choose an outfit and then I just don’t care for it. I don’t wear so many of the items in my closet. I’m on the same page with you on buying more items instead of one with great quality in the past. The last year I’ve been getting rid of items bit by bit, but I think it’s time for a total closet purge. Then, I can slowly build it with quality items I love. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. amanda says:

    Thanks for turning me towards this Cuyana piece in the first place! I think its super important to have a well rounded closet. Although this has been on my list of to-do’s for awhile now, I’m glad to keep reading about it on your site & following along on the Cuyana piece, it makes me realize its attainable. Maybe Ill start this weekend :)

  12. Cassaundra says:

    your taste and style is impeccable. i am obsessed with your site and design. brilliant.

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  15. Amanda says:

    I would love to know where you got that sweater. Sorry if you mentioned it …

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