I read a variety of style blogs that run the gamut from extreme minimalism to careless over consumption and now that I’ve declared this space a personal style blog, I thought I’d share where I stand on this spectrum. Over the years, I’ve been influenced by both and gone from too much shopping, not enough planning, closet full of nothing to wear to restricting shopping, excessive planning and a tiny closet that started to wear out and bore me way too quickly. At this point, every time I flip to this image in my inspiration notebook, all I can think is closet goals!
There are a lot of pieces in there. When the heck do you use ALL of those bags?! But you know what? To me, it looks like a closet filled with special items collected over time that are truly cherished, well cared for and loved. I imagine it belongs to a woman with a strong sense of her own style, who sees dressing as an art and has fun choosing an outfit each day.
As I sew, dig through charity stores and shop for vintage, these are my goals.
I’m dedicated to an ethical wardrobe and learning more about sustainability every day. I’m on board with slowly and thoughtfully adding new things. But minimal? I don’t really think so. I just love clothes and the thrill of the hunt! Digging through the large donation thrift shops and finding that vintage treasure someone cleared out of an attic, 100% silk, wool, or cashmere on the cheap, testing out a trend I’m not sure about for $3 …yes, please!
The idea of capsule wardrobes helped me work out the colors and pieces that make up my personal list of essentials, giving me a solid foundation to build upon but I’m happy to have found the sweet spot where I can just add things I love while keeping it functional. In my climate, most of my clothes can be used year round so, with a few exceptions, packing away seasonal clothes isn’t necessary. I love an eclectic mix of things I find beautiful to combine in all different ways accessible in my closet at all times. Based on how quickly I got tired of my very minimal closet, I think it will be perfect to have enough items that it takes 3 or 4 weeks to cycle through all my favorites so they last longer and I don’t burn out on wearing them.
A while back, I would have talked myself out of this clutch because it’s not something I’ll use every day. Now I’m okay with owning something special for date nights, even if I only get to use it twice a month, so when I found it in a vintage shop on vacation for $12 I scooped it right up. So much joy! No regrets!
I’m curious to hear from you. How often do you feel you should wear something for it to earn it’s space in your wardrobe? Every month? week? And do you find an issue with owning more than is necessary if everything is second hand or hand made while practicing a hobby that brings you joy? My perspective on this has been all over the map the last few years but for the moment it’s a relief to loosen up the reigns and just enjoy wardrobe building for the fun creative process it can be.