Can you love styling and still subscribe to a minimal wardrobe?
This is the question rolling around my head right now. I love, love styling. It’s an exciting way to express myself, and one of those things I do best when I’m feeling inspired. Kind of like when I used to draw and paint, a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
At first thought, it seems like styling well requires a decent amount of supplies, aka clothes and shoes. But I don’t want to be on a treadmill of endless buying and consuming. So how does one theoretically rock their styling game while still holding true to their ‘minimal closet’ desires? Can they?
Here’s the advice I’m currently giving myself.
1 – Prioritize. Make a list of closet holes, and shift the most critical items to the top. My fall/winter shopping list has shuffled quite a few times since I first penned it. There are still a few items that keep moving to the top, and there are others that, after some more consideration, I realize I can probably do without.
2 – Sleep on it. And then sleep on it again. No rush shopping. Really consider what needs to be at the top of your list and why. If you think you need a particular top or sweater, maybe write out the combo of outfits you think you ‘need’ it with. Don’t buy too early in the season. I shared my fall shopping list with you guys last week, and I am really trying to take it slow as I consider what to buy. I don’t want to buy too much while it’s still summer only to miss some spectacular pieces that come out a little bit later.
3 – Choose well. I am learning a lot about what it means to choose well. It goes without saying that ‘choosing well’ means selecting high quality, well-made items, but it also goes beyond that. I think it’s important to choose an item that you absolutely love over choosing an item that you think can be the most versatile. If you always choose what is most versatile you could wind up with a lot of boring options in your closet. And many times, choosing the item you absolutely love still ends up being quite versatile. For example, my favorite jumpsuit, and this striped dress are two things I loved immediately. And at first glance, they really didn’t seem terribly versatile. But because I love them, I have found ways to wear them again and again. And wearing what you love creates an instant good day. 🙂
Tayler Dress, c/o Bridge & Burn – This mid-weight dress is a great transition piece for fall! The back yolk and longer hemline are my favorite details.
Clogs, Moheda – Comfortable and super easy to style.
Drawstring bag, Baggu – Minimal and playful. Also quite functional.
Hat, old – Love this option by Cuyana.
Cuff – It has my initial and my husband’s and I never take it off. 🙂 (Unless I’m hitting up the pool…)