Finding my style has definitely been a journey, in my teenage years I would go from tracksuits to pleated skirts in a matter of days and constantly moan that “I had nothing to wear.” Fast forward to my early twenties and I feel like I’ve finally found some staples I love, yes I do still have those moments where I feel uninspired, and I’m sure my style will change again and again. Having a streamlined wardrobe with key pieces has made me really passionate about style, and it’s so nice to wear clothes that make me feel good.
It was around November 2017 that I really started thinking about stripping back my wardrobe. I was saving for my wedding and a move to a new city so buying clothes just wasn’t a priority, and I noticed I would wear the same things over and over (with a wash inbetween, obvs). Around the same time I came across the capsule wardrobe concept, which to be completely honest I don’t follow to a t, but I love the ideas it presents around buying clothes and style. From then, every time I bought something it was thought out, I really looked at the clothes I was wearing most in my wardrobe to help me find gaps. I had a mass clear out and my wardrobe looked bare but I loved everything so it made getting ready in the morning 10x easier. Looking back at 2018, I think every single thing I bought (possibly bar one or two random buys) will get worn at some point.
1) Every single thing I own is exciting
Yes, right down to the £3.99 H&M basics t-shirt that’s bringing me all the joy right now. Because I’m only buying things when I think I really need them, it’s stress free and so much nicer than panic buying. I think another reason is that I’m actually able to spend a little more on the clothes I do buy and shop from brands I find inspiring (& Other Stories, I’m looking at you!).
2) Most items work really well together
Once I started noticing a pattern in the type of clothes I wear most, I’ve been able to buy around that and now I can build so many outfits around one thing. I think this definitely comes down to owning staples too, my wardrobe is quite neutral with the odd statement piece thrown in and it’s always the basics I can build my outfits on.
3) It’s helping me really find my style and the type of clothes I gravitate towards
With my wardrobe being stripped of anything I don’t like/ wear (anything that’s not seasonally appropriate I take out and keep in storage) it’s easy to see what kind style of clothes I feel best in. In the winter it’s cosy jumpers, a staple pair of black boots and jeans. I think during the warmer months this year I’ll be building on my summer staples and figuring out what my wardrobe is missing.
4) Able to invest in better quality pieces and shop in my favourites stores
I’ve mentioned it briefly, but now I’m buying clothes with the intention of wearing them year after year and because I’m buying less I can spend more on individual pieces. I used to buy quite a lot from sales “because it was a bargain” and granted some things would be good, but the majority of the time I would buy them and wear them once (or worse still, never at all). Now if I see something I would absolutely love to buy but think it’s a little steep in price I use shoptagr (not sponsored, I just think it’s amazing), it sends email updates to say when something has had a price reduction and back in stock in my size! I find with this I’m more likely to wait to buy the thing I really want, rather than buy an alternative I don’t like as much.
5) I’ve experimented with style and made the most out of each individual pieces
When you don’t have much you definitely have to be even more creative with styling. An example is the cream jumper pictured from ASOS, not only can I wear this in the winter, but I can definitely see this worn denim shorts and trainers in the summer. I have worn the coat I’m wearing just to go shopping, then styled it up with smarter pieces and worn it to a formal occasion. It’s really made me experiment and realise you don’t need a wardrobe packed with clothes to feel your best everyday.
If you’re looking to downsize your wardrobe I hope this has been useful! I honestly feel like it makes my everyday life so much easier and I’m enjoying style more than ever before.
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