What I’m Wearing:
Herff Christiansen harem/slouchy leggings | no longer available (designed in the US, made in Peru)
Karen Kane top | gift for review, it’s NOT the handkerchief top, but it is similar (made in the US)
No6 Clogs | made in the US
3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Satchel | $100 off at Forzieri with code 057B8A
(you didn’t think I’d be WEARING Rick Owens did you? although as an afterthought, maybe this outfit is a bit Rick Owens-ish…)
Since we started talking about “the minimal wardrobe” I keep thinking back to a Rick Owens quote I read in this month’s Bazaar:
It takes me minutes to dress – I’ve worn the same black outfit for years, like a priest. Or a prisoner. I can’t imagine having to choose something that I might sour on later in the day.
I’m thinking A LOT about it. Is it virtuous to have a uniform? Or somehow “better”? Does having a uniform also mean having a minimal wardrobe? Is a minimal wardrobe minimal in SIZE? or in color/style? I think that all depends. It seems like Rick’s wardrobe isn’t necessarily minimal in size, just in color/style. But I’m mostly intrigued by how he refers to his way of dressing as like a priest, OR a prisoner. It’s the prisoner characteristic that’s interesting.
If we get too caught up in identifying and wearing a uniform, isn’t that sort of a self-imposed prison? Is having fewer clothing choices freeing? or confining? Does it get old and drab after a while, or does it actually free us to deal with other things besides our outfits every day? Rick says it does – he goes on to say that not thinking about HIS OWN clothes allows him to think about designing them for other people. I think for me it does as well – when I know that whatever I put on for the day is going to look good and feel good all day, I am comfortable and “free” to not think about what I’m wearing the rest of the day. If I do wear something that is different for me, or tends to go against my “uniform,” I don’t feel like me; I get frustrated and can’t wait to get home and change. Again, Rick hits the nail on the head when he says that he can’t imaging “having to choose something that I might sour on later in the day.”
So funny that the man who designs “the uniform” that I’d like to wear everyday – who DOESN’T want to LIVE in Rick Owens?? – is talking about his own uniform. But I think it apropos that he designs exactly as he wants to dress; it’s what makes him so appealing.
I’m still thinking about my uniform though. I don’t think I have one. How can going from wanting to wear slim jeans & loafers with an oversized top one day and slouchy pants, clogs and a fitted top another day be consistent with a uniform? Unless my uniform is just a neutral color palette?
This also gets me back to minimal – I do feel a “pull” to pare down my wardrobe and to have fewer things, but at the same time, I like the idea of being able to play with my clothes and dress according to how I feel on a given day. That’s why I have such a hard time packing for trips; I try to cram everything in there I think I might feel like wearing, which always ends up to be way too much. And as I mentioned before, when I look at the clothes hanging in my closet, I feel burdened a little, and overwhelmed by how many things I have. Maybe I love most of those things, but I don’t reach for them enough – I don’t wear them a lot. It makes me feel bad. I have this idea that lovely things should be worn and appreciated, not hang in a closet…
I do think it’s worth while to think about what you wear most often and focus on acquiring those pieces in the highest quality you can afford. For “play pieces” maybe you invest a little less? Ultimately, I am concerned with filling my wardrobe with pieces I love and that love me back – in terms of how they fit, how they make me feel, and how they express my personality. As long as that is the end goal (is there ever an “end” to building a wardrobe?), then it doesn’t matter if my wardrobe is actually “minimal,” or if I have a “uniform.”