How beautiful if our clothes fit perfectly into our well organised wardrobe space. Maybe less is more…
This seemed like a great idea after I’d watched Confessions of a Shopaholic but as I write this, I’m getting the fear. You know the fear… that feeling below the belly that comes along when we want to cut out something that we’re hooked on. The fear that comes when we want to try something we know will be good for us, but we don’t really want to face the sacrifices involved.
Yes, that fear. I’ve got it.
Do I simply own too many clothes? Answer : yes.
I have too many clothes. I know this because I regularly think ‘”Ugh, I have too many clothes.” They’re a burden and a clutter despite my fanatical organisation that even sailors admire.
I know I wear very few of these clothes. And I buy others that are fab / I’ll wear one day / will look great soon… and so add to the ‘ugh I have too many clothes’ situation.
Sometimes I think I’d like to try a different style, or think that a style would look nice on me, but in reality I already know the styles that look best on me and really should just stick to them, making dressing – and cupboard space allocation – so much easier.
Do I own clothes that I’m not really going to wear?
As mentioned in the previous article on having a 20 item wardrobe… many of us could function very well with less. And even more excitingly, sometimes doing a minimal wardrobe challenge can help us pinpoint and refine our personal style, bringing us closer to our signature statement pieces and personal dress sense.
Strengthening my personal style statement? Yes please!
So I think I’d like to try this. I wear very limited items right now as a size 16UK since my ‘natural’ size is closer to a UK14 which most of my wardrobe is in. In theory, I’ll be able to return to my old clothes when I (eventually?) shrink back down to a more natural UK14.
So for now, my mini-wardrobe challenge includes rocking the following items in my current size :
- Black leggings + black zip front stretch trousers
- Black, white, grey V neck long sleeve summer tees
- Black and white sweetheart neck 3/4 sleeve tees
- Accessories! Especially my Creepy Yeha chokers, E.L.F Zhou wrist cuffs, Fallon statement necklaces and Amkooi fatty tassel earrings.
- LB sneakers, Timberland Glancy heels, rose Timberland boots.
Let’s start wearing less, and noticing what just doesn’t suit our core style any more.
I don’t think I’m going to go so far as to put a timeline on this challenge, but even while considering it I realise that I wear skirts less than I used to and am still dreamily enamoured with the ‘vertical illusion’ style of dressing that adds height and uses colour blocking to ‘lengthen’ the body.
All black base or all white base for ‘vertical illusion’ layering is something I’d love to get back to.
This will probably lead to more explorations on my instagram of silhouettes and monochromes, though I’ve yet to master the monochrome art of fashion; as discovered during a periscope live broadcast when I realised my beautiful aubergine moment actually made me look like an eggplant in a fedora. *awkward*
(No seriously it was a whole realisation on live broadcast with a few thousand viewers while I ran around the airport before a flight… everyone agreed it was an eggplant moment… see gif below for the summary.)
All black base with interesting jacket, or all white base with coloured scarf… explorations to be considered for after this core challenge…
In summary, I think aiming to stick to these basics and wear more of my accessories will help me figure out which beautiful clothes need to get the heave-ho, more because they’re not my style than not my size. It’s an important differentiation.
By the end of this year I’ll have completed much more than my 12 week daily exercise challenge, and will be eagerly setting my sights on my size 14 wardrobe again. With my body settling into better health and strength, clothes that are not my style or in an unrealistic former size will be bid adieu. We will usher in the monochrome elegance and explore how to stick to the clothes that suit my style, colouring and curves best.
More on that in the months to come!