I begin spring cleaning in January every year. I always begin with my wardrobe because I find it more fun than going through other things. My goal is to have my things pared down so much that there will be no such thing as spring cleaning anymore, but that’s a whole new topic.
Anyways, I have continually minimized my wardrobe to about 100 items including shoes and bags. I do count certain pieces under one group versus one item, and that includes undergarments, socks, leotards, tights, leggings, jewelry, plus a few other accessories. I have to have a few rules that benefit my lifestyle since I am a professional dancer. So why I am I even doing this in the first place?
I wasn’t trying to torture myself or my fashion sense by clearing out so much of my wardrobe over the past year. Some how it’s made things much easier with getting dressed in the morning, creating a uniform for myself that I absolutely love, and really keying into what my personal style is. There really is some sense to this fashion madness.
I looked over a few Spring/Summer 2011 shows of my favorite designers to inspire new styling ideas, not to be controlled by them. I believe that the runway can inspire similar to an art gallery. I also looked at some of my favorite fashion bloggers which I mentioned in Fashion Blogs–My New “Magazine”. This season’s fashion concepts included colorful solids, floral pieces, masculine and tailored, minimalist, lace and romantic, 80’s inspired pants, and mixing patterns and trends together. I’m telling you this not so you go out a buy the latest fashion pieces, but to create new ideas in your styling habits.
Although different from the runway, fashion bloggers and street style has little to do with what is especially trendy and more about individual style and creating that unique silhouette. I believe the best styling has a great silhouette so that if you were behind a lit scrim you would still look amazing. The concept of silhouette began from a teacher in a recent dance class I took dealing with the lines your body makes as you move, but also the clothing on it.
Although the fashion world has one idea of amazing style and fashion bloggers/street style has another, the purpose of minimizing and perfecting my wardrobe has been about creating what I find amazing for my own silhouette. I began with the basic list of what every woman needs in her wardrobe, then incorporated items and colors that I love, as well as pushed myself to try styling choices that are against the norm every once in a while so I am not bored with what I have. There really is no fun in being so minimalist that your entire wardrobe is only solid colors and basic items that everything could interchange by picking you clothing with your eyes closed. I believe fashion should be personal artistic expression.
Here are a woman’s wardrobe basics:
1. Perfect Tee/Tank
2. Classic Button Down Shirt
3. All Occasion Top
5. Season-less Trousers
6. Season-less Pencil/A-line Skirt
7. All Occasion Dress
8. Little Black Dress
9. Trench/Wool Coat
11. Cashmere Sweater/Cardigan
12. Sweatsuit Alternative
13. Everyday Bag
14. Evening Bag/Clutch
15. Perfect Pumps
16. Knee High Boots
17. Ballet Flats/Oxfords
18. Tennis Shoe
19. Strappy Heels
20. A Unique Accessory-Hat/Scarf
To learn more about how I like to declutter my wardrobe read Chic Minimalism For Your Wardrobe, and for a fuller list of my wardrobe essentials check out My Wardrobe Checklist. In the meantime don’t be afraid to wear a turban, carry a flashy sequin bag during the day, or wear bold feather earrings just because. Fashion is mixing the everyday quality basics with a few fun pieces to spice it up while creating beautiful lines and silhouettes. Yes minimize, but have some serious fun in the process.
How have you minimized your wardrobe and what is your favorite item?
(Image by Zara)