Monday, 8 August 2016

The Wardrobe Minimalist

I'm sick of always going for the bargain.  

Let me explain.

Whilst I do think that getting the best price for something is extremely important, the older I get the more I see the benefit in quantity over quality.  I recently decided that I was going to change the way I shopped.  The countless hours of my life i've spent staring into my wardrobe and wishing it would transport me to Narnia so I didn't have to find an ensemble, had to stop. I had a huge clear out and managed to fill 2 large black bags with the 75% of my wardrobe I wasn't wearing.  Here's what I was left with. 

I still feel like I could have gone further with my ruthless purging, but what's important is how I choose to shop from now on.  Here's what I did and my tips for minimalism in the clothing department...

Be ruthless

I approached my new found way of thinking with ruthless abandon.  I didn't let my sentimental side get in the way of getting rid of something.  Don't get me wrong, I didn't let this rule get as far as getting rid of my {still warm} wedding dress, but that top you wore on your first date 3 years ago?  If you haven't worn it in the last 6 months - you don't need it.  Which brings me to my next point...

Do the 6 month check

There is a common rule that most likely originated from Pinterest, that says if you haven't worn something for a year - toss it out with the rubbish.  I think a year is too long.  Of course you have to take into account seasons and if it's 35 degrees outside and that's the reason you haven't worn that gorgeous knit sweater, ignore this rule.  BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.  You know deep down if the garment you're holding will ever make it onto that body of yours again - so listen to it.  

Hang everything

One of the biggest problems I noticed when it came to not wearing three quarters of my clothes was that I simply couldn't see them.  If you can't fit all your clothes hanging up in your wardrobe or folded somewhere you can see them, it's definitely time for a purge.  This obviously doesn't include things like underwear or nightwear - we all have a few drawers tucked away for such necessities.

Let your accessories do the talking

If i've discovered only one thing in my years of buying clothes it's that I don't like bright colours and patterns.  Obviously this will vary from person to person, but I find it hard to pull off a bold print and style it to make it look chic.  Sure, a brightly coloured jacket, handbag or scarf is a must and perfect for making an outfit your own, but for me - steering clear of loud pieces that just aren't my style is something I'm going to remind myself every time I get excited about a chartreuse shift dress.

Quality over quantity

My love of bargains is definitely hereditary.  My mum liked nothing more than a basket full of £10 items, that in reality never saw the light of day.  My new fashion resolution is to remember the frequently quoted 'buy cheap, buy twice' and look for classic, more expensive pieces that will no doubt stand the test of time.  As I write this I think of a denim off the shoulder dress i recently purchased from a sale at Boohoo {definitely next for the charity pile}.

Know what you need

Research is key here, and will be different for everyone dependant on a number of circumstances including occupation and what you like to do in your spare time.  For an office worker a key piece could be a classic pair of tailored black trousers, or a time-honoured shift dress.

One in, one out

Use this rule and you'll never have an overcrowded closet again.  Every time you purchase a new item, take one item out to get rid of.  The piece doesn't have to be of the same category {i.e. if you buy a new dress, you could get rid of that old top you've worn too many times to mention} but sticking to the rule will ensure a whole new streamlined, minimalist way of living.

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