AG Tomboy cropped jeans | on sale at 6pm, full-price at AG, not cropped at Nordstrom, in white at Piperlime
CP Shades Carine high/low top | link goes to ebay
Dieppa Restrepo loafers | same style, mine are nubuck
3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder satchel | $100 off at Forzieri until 10/13 with code 057B8A
Wardrobe minimalism is such a weighty and oft-discussed topic around the blogosphere. Even more lately it seems (see Sarge in Charge’s latest post and Une Femme’s post just this AM on simplicity). I’ve explored the idea of a pared down wardrobe for years, and even threatened to do it a few times, to no avail. Recently, I did a full closet overhaul/inventory to try and get rid of things and ended up not getting rid of much at all. I just couldn’t. Remember my white t-shirt posts and my revelation that I have at least 20? Do you know how many of those I got rid of? none. Not one. No matter how much I try and justify having 20 white t-shirts (because each one is different, blah blah blah), I DO NOT NEED 20. But I couldn’t let go of any of them.
I have too much, and I don’t want it anymore. For a person as over-analytical and critical as me, less is more – in terms of clothing anyway. And my lifestyle is such that I don’t NEED a lot; I don’t need work clothes and weekend clothes, I just need clothes.
**I’ve been writing this post for hours, editing, and removing a lot because it got out of control – I got off on a tangent of mammoth proportions, although it wasn’t really a tangent. But it did take away from the original goal of this post which was to discuss what exactly a minimal wardrobe IS. And how you achieve it.
To me, a minimal wardrobe would consist of what I would pack for a week’s vacation. Not a week to the beach, a week somewhere similar to where I live now. What would I pack so that I would look and feel my absolute best EVERY DAY without thinking too much about it. THAT is what I aspire to. That is minimal to me. What is it to you?