I'm currently in the midst of annual wardrobe spring cleaning, in which I go through all my clothes and donate the items I no longer wear. I always feel a bit of buyer's remorse when I realize how much I clear out, so from now on I've promised myself to stick to one style resolution: "Less is more." A minimalist wardrobe makes a lot of sense to me because I gravitate towards a simple, clean look, and even though my closet feels cluttered, I tend to reach for the same favorite pieces over and over again. Conclusion: I don't really need that much stuff, just good quality things I'll wear until they're worn out.
There are a couple of different "movements" in the blogging community that have inspired me to edit down my closet and adopt a more minimalist attitude towards wardrobing. First, Cuyana's Lean Closet Series spotlights bloggers at various stages of creating and maintaining a "leaner" closet. Another idea you might know is the 5 Piece French Wardrobe, popularized by Sabrina from AFTERDRK. The 5 Piece Wardrobe entails some strict rules; most importantly, you cannot buy more than five items in a season. Practicioners of the 5 Piece Wardrobe define "season" either as a fashion season (six months!) or a calendar season of three months. Basics like socks, tees, underwear and gym attire don't count; everything else does. As you can imagine, editing down your wardrobe means really planning your purchases... no impulse buys allowed! It also means being pickier about what you purchase, always choosing quality over quantity.
I started 5 Piece Wardrobing at the beginning of March (for now, I'm using the slightly more forgiving rule that a season = three months). The sweater you see above is item 1/5, so I have an allowance of four more items until the start of June. Next on my shopping list is the perfect pair of black ballerina flats, to wear with ankle-skimming skinny jeans in the warmer months ahead. I want to invest in a pair that I can keep for years; Repetto is on my radar, and although these Unützer ballet flats from Peter Hahn are a pretty penny, I love the fact that they're made at a small, family-run workshop in Italy. Buying fewer goods gives you a little more room to invest in higher quality fabrics and ethical production practices, something I am admittedly very ignorant about.
I'll be sharing my minimalist style adventures here. Anyone else doing something similar? And if you have suggestions for the perfect ballet flat, please send them my way!