Tuesday, March 25, 2014

If you do a google search for the phrases: minimal wardrobe, capsule wardrobe, wardrobe inventory or personal uniform; you will fall into a rabbit hole of blog posts written by bloggers looking for a new approach to getting dressed in the morning. I was first introduced to the concept by Adeline, who is currently sharing her journey towards a minimalist approach to fashion.

I have always been vehemently opposed to excess and hoarding. I prefer to get rid of things as soon as I don’t like them anymore and own very little of sentimental value. When I was in my early 20’s my life could fit into 1 large Samsonite suitcase, and I loved it. Getting dressed in the morning was a breeze because I knew what I had, I knew what I liked and I knew how to wear it. As I got older I started accumulating more and more “stuff” Getting dressed for work or nights out became harder and harder and I found myself stuck in this vicious rut of “I have nothing to wear”.

Like most people who enjoy nice clothing but live on a budget I found my wardrobe was filled with pieces from Mr Price, bargain buys at Woolies or Edgars and over the years I had accumulated very little I still like and little to nothing of quality. Yes the Mr Price/Woolies items were on trend and usually satisfied me for about a season or 2 but let’s be honest, you get what you pay for, and what I’d paid for was cheap, easy to wear, low quality clothing. Additionally, since I was buying on sale, most of what I owed could comfortably be classified at rash, impulse purchases.

I needed to find a new way to do this. So thanks to Adeline and some intense googling/blog reading I can across minimalism.

Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is
and the richness with which this is experienced.” John Pawson

Allowing minimalist ideas to guide your personal style does not need to mean sticking to minimal designs, instead look at as having less but everything you have fitting in beautifully with your tastes and lifestyle.

Of course this is not something that can be achieved in a weekend, and will take a lot of planning and introspection so to keep myself on the right track I have adopted these simple rules from Anuschka (

The Rules
  1. Define my personal style
  2. Aim for a small collection of high-quality items
  3. Focus on creating a strong foundation of key pieces and basics
  4. Do not buy anything that is less than perfect, especially do not scrimp on fit or material
  5. Spend as much time and thought as needed to find each item
  6. Own only items that I wear frequently, can see myself wearing for several seasons and that will last for several years
  7. Return or sell items if they don’t work out (always keep receipts)
  8. Care well for my clothes, i.e. wash them properly, hand wash if necessary, don’t leave them on the floor, take them to the dry cleaner, etc.
What I love about this approach to life is that it is so simply applied to other areas of our lifestyles as well, from interior design to our make up and beauty routines. I plan to share my journey to a minimal me with you all, so check back soon if this is something you’re interested in. And if you have started your own journey towards a minimalist lifestyle please share you

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