I've decided that I need to take a more minimalist approach to life and being someone interested in fashion the detox has to start with the wardrobe!
I've been interested in minimalist living for a while now, I've spent hours looking at minimalist fashion and interiors on pinterest and I was constantly in awe at how clean and sleek everything looked!
One of the things that attracted me to the minimalist style is that all of the outfits I saw were built up around a base of classic pieces, garments that do not go out of style. The fashion world at the moment is moving too fast-we have developed this throw-away culture, buy cheap and throw away quickly. Designers used to make two collections a year they now make up to six. (Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter, Couture and a 'Pre' collection for each).
The idea of buying fewer, better quality, garments that will last is very appealing to me for several reasons.
1: Saving money, I'm a student so I am in no way rolling in it! If you buy less, you spend less, simple. When I say buy better quality garments I do not mean go you have to go out and spend ££££££ on a single garment, you can easily find good quality clothing on the high street. I found a black coat (that I wore in a few posts back) that I got for £40 in H&M!!!!
2: Always be in fashion, classic pieces are classics for a reason, have these as the base pieces of your wardrobe you will always have outfits that are in fashion. If you really like to keep up with the trends you only need to buy a few pieces that you can match with your classic garments.
3: Not having to think too much. We all have those days where we want to be able to just throw some stuff on and walk out the door but we still want to look acceptable! Having minimalist garments means more pieces will go well with each other which makes it easier to create outfits (plus if someone compliments your outfit you can genuinely say 'oh thanks! I just threw it on!' ;) )
4: Less waste. How often do you have a clear out because your clothes are 'soooooo last season darling!'. How many times did you actually wear those clothes? I know I have plenty that seemed cheap to buy but because they went out of fashion so quickly the 'price per wear' is pretty high. If we all bought less it would also have a positive impact on the environment! A hella lot of pollution is caused from the fashion industry!
5: Space! I live in the UK where we have the most expensive but the smallest homes in Europe . Not having too many clothes means we don't need extra bulky furniture like wardrobes and drawers taking up space! Plus it's been proven that a clear space helps to reduce stress levels!
To get my minimalist wardrobe I need to get rid of all the clothes I rarely or no longer wear.
Holy cow do you see all that c**p! Just think how much money I could have saved if I hadn't have bought that! At least my local charity shop is going to love me!
This is what my wardrobe looks like now, I'd like to eventually make it a bit smaller than this but I need to get some more wear out of some things before I give them up! Everything is now far neater (I forgot to take a 'before' photo but let's just say it looked more like a mountain of cloth than a wardrobe). All my clothes are now in sections so it's much easier to actually find everything!
I'm going to make a post on me giving the same treatment to my makeup collection, before I going for the whole 'Youtube makeup collection' but let's be honest I am not going to use it all!
I will also write a guide to creating a minimal wardrobe, I think it would be too much to have it all in the same post!
What do you think to minimalist fashion? Let me know! :)