Minimalist Fashion: Fall Accessories

As I live with a capsule wardrobe, it is incredibly important that each of my accessories are iconic, transferable and classic enough to see me through the three months of Project 333.

I have chosen my layers, knits and boots which will see my through my three months of Autumn. They are all still in-keeping with my personal defined style, but they have that fall-feeling about them. To set off each outfit, I have decided upon four key accessories to pair with my looks.

Firstly, I know a handbag is a must. As we are heading into winter season, I will also need a clutch to see me through those winter party evenings. This is why I have settled on my tan slouchy bag, and red vintage Louis Vuitton clutch. These two interchangeable pieces will be perfect for wintery days out, and fabulous fall parties.

A scarf is my second essential. It can be worn so many ways, and will brighten up any outfit, as well as keeping you toasty! I love my blue knitted scarf. It’s simple, incredibly warm and pairs with so much of my capsule wardrobe thanks to it’s neutral tones.

Finally, I have a serious crush on my last accessory on the list. The Jord Frankie Zebrawood and Navy watch. It’s incredibly versatile and I love a watch with a navy face. I will be wearing this with all of my fall fashion capsule looks to really bring them together and add a statement piece to my outfit.

When it first arrived at my desk it was like Christmas had come early thanks to the gorgeous packaging. I mean just look at this wooden box it arrived in!

I know it will be the perfect unique watch to pair with my minimalist looks this autumn. The timepiece has an incredibly organic feel about it, with the wooden texture and material.

So far I have worn it to both social and work occasions and I love how versatile it is. It is so easy to pair with my neutral and organic minimalist fashion.

This is my first experience of owning a wooden watch, and thanks to Jord it won’t be my last. I am already coveting the other models over on their website. Why not see if they have the perfect pairing for you?

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If you haven’t settled on your Fall accessories yet, why not enter the Jord competition to win a $75.00 e-gift voucher! Everyone who enters gets a $20 as a thank you so it’s a win win situation! Make sure you enter before it closes on October 31st 2016.

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So there you have it, my list of my four essential accessories for this season.

What Fall accessories are you planning to wear this season?

Share in the comments below!

Minimalist Fashion: Styling Basic Black Skinny Jeans

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As I live in England, our Summer has so far consisted of a mere handful of days where I could brave it and bare my legs. Therefore, I have often found myself in my trusty black skinny jeans day in and out.

Living with less and out of a capsule wardrobe makes a lot of people assume that my wardrobe is boring and unimaginative. Even though I have worn my black jeans at least 10 days out of the last 30,I personally don’t feel like my outfits have been at all limited.

It is all about the pairing, layering and styling.

You see a pair of well-fitting, sustainable and long lasting black skinny jeans is an incredible investment.

They can be dressed up with a pair of heels or down with casual flats and a basic tee. They can work for formal events or a casual brunch.

My personal favourite pair of black skinny jeans is my Cheap Monday frayed and distressed jeans. The brand is affordable, their jeans are very hard-wearing for everyday wear, and they work hard to be very ethical (although a lot more can be done on that front.)

So far this year I have worn them for my birthday adventure to Font Bar in Manchester (an incredible bar, furnished like your granny’s living room and with a £2 cocktail menu) and to work on numerous occasions.

The best thing is I can keep wearing these jeans (if they are not in the wash) each and every day and still get outfit compliments because of how easy it is to mix up their look through careful styling.

A minimalist wardrobe doesn’t have to be limiting if it is filled with your favourite key staples which you love to wear again and again.

And, by having one pair of staple jeans, I don’t feel the need to spend money on more. Which means more money for memories and travelling!

Do you have a favourite brand of jeans? Who do you love to wear and are their any ethical suppliers with jeans that have an incredible fit out there? I would love to hear your recommendations.

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Minimalist Accessory: A Stylish Pair of Specs

Living with less means spending less on the things that don’t enrich your life and fill it with bad energy, and more on the things that matter to you.

For a while now I have been decluttering my wardrobe and refining my own personal style, and now I am taking part in #Project333 to really get my clothes down to that perfect capsule collection.

I am a big believer in buying according to your personal style and look. This way, you don’t need to worry that you won’t love an item when you get home, or that you’ll wear it once and then realise it’s not your shape/size/colour.

A large part of that is clothes, but quite often people really overlook their accessories collection. For me, my accessories need to be functional, practical but also look good with my capsule collection. If you know me well, you’ll know I am a regular glasses wearer (you will especially know this if you’ve ever been in a car with me!) This means that I quite often pair my favourite pair of specs with my look for the day.

A lot of people love to invest in their glasses and other accessories, as they wear them on an almost daily basis. I love the idea of pairing both quality and style but also making sure that my frames are affordable so I can spend my money on other experiences. Such as adventuring across Italy or California.

This is why for the last two years I have always got my glasses from Select Specs. They do an amazing range starting at just £6 and then go right up into designer frames at a fraction of the cost on the high street.

I always tend to go for brown tortoise-shell frames as I think it suits my complexion best. I also think that they pair with the colours of my defined personal style really well (if you want to read about this, pop over to this post here and define your own key look).

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Oh, and these brown frames are also perfect for making the best flatlays!

This is why I am in love with the Hallmark 8813 glasses that Select Specs sent me this last week. They are easy to pair with anything, insanely durable, and they cost just £29 for the basic frames with a prescription lens.

They come in loads of different styles too. I am currently already considering getting a pair in black to really cement my capsule accessories collection.

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Even better, you can add high impact lenses, add a tint to make them into prescription sunglasses as much more for as little as £10.

But honestly, these glasses are the ideal minimalist accessory because they are fashionable, functional and reasonably priced, leaving me with more money to go off and see the world (as long as I remember my specs!)

Have you used Select Specs before? Would you recommend them? What’s your minimalist accessory staple? Let me know in the comments below.

 

A Minimalist Makeup Collection: Create Your Capsule Beauty Look

Living minimally means investing less in the things that don’t contribute actively to your life, happiness and goals. By reducing the time and money spend on things which don’t play their part in our lasting happiness, we are making a mindful effort to live our lives in a way in which we get the most out of them.

So far I have decluttered my walls, drawers, living space, closet and lifestyle. However there’s still many areas in need of some serious assessment when it comes to minimising.

One in particular is my makeup collection.

After years of minimising my life, I realised only THIS morning as my foundation ran out, that I still invest a hell of a lot of money on my beauty regime and makeup collection.

Let me lay it out for you. On a regular day (five of the seven in a week) I use:

Coconut Moisturiser (£2 a pop)

Rimmel Matte Primer (£6)

No.7 Matte Foundation (£16)

Benefit Brow (£16)

Rimmel Brow Pencil (£6)

Natural Collection Lip Liner (£2)

Smashbox Concealer (£19)

Smashbox Lipstick (£17)

Rimmel Pressed Power in Ivory (£3)

MaxFactor Eyeliner Pen (£7)

Overall, I replace each item around 3-4 times a year, which means I spend £372 a year on just the basics of my makeup collection. This is a figure I am actually okay with as I feel confident, bold and happy with my day-to-day makeup on.

However what isn’t factored into the above price is the cost of the products I buy but rarely use. I have a purple lipstick I think I have worn twice. Nail varnishes in colours way too exciting for my personal style, and an eyeshadow in a blue so bright it could blind someone.

I took some time, laid out my makeup collection, and worked out what I wouldn’t use. I boxed this up, and then analysed what was left.

From this, I have my makeup capsule collection. The shades, tones and colours I will regularly and knowingly wear again and again.

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My Capsule Collection – used daily

I now know not to buy out of this scheme without much prior thought and testing. I also know what products I can budget on, and what I need to splurge a little more on.

How to minimise your beauty collection:

  1. Get every beauty or cosmetic product you own, and a glass of wine to help ease the process! Lay them out on a clean surface in front of you.
  2. Put the items you know you will never use in one box / pile as throw this away or donate to friend or charity depending on whether a product has been used.
  3. Put items you use daily in another pile.
  4. Put the items that are left in a box and store it away

You can use your daily makeup whenever, and from this you can identify what palettes, tones and products work best for you. If you are really unsure, you can go to your local department store or beauty store and they will be able to give you a makeover and advice what produces, shades and tones best suit your skin. I find Benefit and Smashbox are the best for this, as they are honest, and are never pushy with their products at the end.

You can use anything from the hidden box if you think about it and need it over a three month period. When you use it, keep it out in a draw. At the end of the three months, really look over what is left in the hidden box and decide if it should be kept or not.

  1. Think twice before buying a new product for your collection. Do you need it, is it similar to a shade or product you already have. Instead of buying three budget lipsticks, invest in one premium product that you’ll regularly use and love.
  2. Get a clear makeup box – I store all my makeup in a clear small box, and it really keeps me aware of the level of my collection.
  3. Travel more! As I travel so much using just carry-on luggage (cheap and cheerful guys!) I can only take a small clear wallet of products under 100ml. This is a quick way to make you realise what you need for all sorts of situations.

Now I have a very small collection which works for me and means I don’t spend lots of money on beauty instant buys which I wouldn’t regularly use. If I ever get bored and want to mix it up, I tend to go for a statement lipstick as this is something I would use again and again.

Let me know what’s in your capsule collection. What can’t you live without?

 

Project 333 – Embracing Minimalist Fashion For Three Months

I have been working on my own minimalist wardrobe project for around a year now, however I feel that I am at the final hurdle and need that little push to curate the perfect capsule wardrobe. I want to be able to dress quickly and feel confident each and every day, without investing money into instant-feel good pieces.

So far I have curated my own personal style using my style identity workbook, and I have reduced my shopping habits so that I only buy when necessary, and when it fits with my style criteria.

However for three reasons, I need a final push.

  1. I still sometimes struggle with finding what to wear.
  2. I want to save time in the mornings for writing, and therefore less choice means less time wasted.
  3. I have the travel bug, and therefore need to save in order to spend on the things which matter to me.

So from today I will be starting Project 333. Already I can store my clothing without a closet, let’s see if I can get this down to a chest of drawers and save on the space.

I have heard so many inspirational stories from the project, and want to try and learn from it myself.

If you want to be able to follow the same project, there’s a great guide over on the Be More With Less blog – the original creators and investors of Project 333.

However, for those wanting a quick guide, the project involves wearing 33 carefully chosen items over the next three months. This includes clothes, accessories and shoes. It however doesn’t include workout gear, loungewear or underwear.

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So here are my 33 items for the next 3 months:

  1. Blue skinny jeans
  2. Black cord pinafore dress
  3. Silk grey blouse
  4. White denim shorts
  5. White and black marbled dress
  6. Chequered black slim fit trousers
  7. Black cigarette trousers
  8. Cropped black ribbed Topshop jumper
  9. Striped blue detailed back jumper
  10. Striped crop top
  11. Monochrome striped black blouse
  12. Pink pinafore dress
  13. Cream wrap dress
  14. Blue shoulder cut out dress
  15. Pink cross back jumper
  16. Cheap Monday ripped black skinny jeans
  17. River Island leather look black jeans
  18. Black zip front blouse
  19. Black leather mini skirt
  20. Blue blouse jumper knit
  21. Denim shorts
  22. Black large collared dress
  23. Black floaty dress
  24. Black playsuit
  25. Black Jumpsuit
  26. Marbled necklace
  27. Skagen watch
  28. Circle silver earrings
  29. Marbled earrings
  30. Black suede heels
  31. Black ankle wrap flats
  32. Black slip on flats
  33. Black choker

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Let the capsule wardrobe collection begin!

If you are interested in taking part in the project, but think you need to do some decluttering or to define your own personal style first, use my free resources or read the previous posts from my other blogs for inspiration and guidance.

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Minimalist Style: Building a Functional Wardrobe

I often get asked what my wardrobe looks like as a minimalist, and regularly people query about how many items of clothing I own, expecting it to be a tiny number.

I don’t limit my wardrobe by numbers or figures, instead what I do is ensure every item in there is functional, wearable and enriches my life. My clothes are curated and chosen according to my own personal defined style. After years of ‘I have nothing to wear’ meltdowns, feeling like I had spent a lot of money on regular new wardrobe updates but had nothing I absolutely loved, and not having my own style, I decided enough was enough. I wanted to buy clothes because they were needed, because they would look good, and I wanted to buy in a way that produced less waste.

You can build your own minimalist style and look using my personal style definer by reading this post here.

Having a wardrobe which consists of items which are the right cut, fabric and colour for my own personal style is great, however it is important that all of the items I own are also functional. It is incredibly important to analyse your current lifestyle in order to assess what your wardrobe needs to look like to best suit your daily needs.

Planning your wardrobe to meet your needs

In a week there’s 168 hours, and from this I am fairly certain that I will spend around 40 of them in the office and 50 of them asleep. This means that my wardrobe needs to meet the needs of a casual office dress code, and I also need sleep and lounge wear.

However there are still 78 hours unaccounted for in this plan. If I am going to ensure my wardrobe is functional I am going to need to ensure there’s an outfit for each occasion and activity in a typical seven day period.

I want you to think over the last week (however if it was a holiday, adventure or something extraordinary firstly – lucky you! And secondly – try and keep the journal for these next seven days rather than using hindsight) and write down what activities you took part in over the course of that time frame.

To help you map it out effectively, I have made this handy free weekly outfit assessment for you to use and to assess your functional lifestyle needs.

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From my planner below, I can establish that I need a lot of casual and yet professional clothes for the office as we have a casual dress code.

I additionally need clothes to work out in and a pair of lightweight trainers. I tend to socialise over dinner or coffee regularly and so something a little more exciting is needed for three different occasions a week. Finally, a lot of my digital and blogging work takes place at home in my office, therefore comfortable lounge wear for around the house is a must.

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I rarely do anything too ‘adventurous’ or that might mean my clothes go through a lot of wear and tear, and so I am okay to choose delicate fabrics to fill my closet.

I need to be able to mix and match my office wear, and therefore easy light layers are a must and also incredibly practical.

Take a look at your functional week and see what you need to get from your closet. If you spent a lot of your time in formal office wear, but 50% of your wardrobe consists of floaty summer dresses and you can’t help but keep buying more, you might need to address the practicality of the clothes you own.

By working out what you need, not what you want, from your wardrobe you will be on a road to less waste. You will also find that your whole closet suddenly becomes a lot more accessible and wearable and you can keep wearing your favourite items each and every day as they are purchased to match your daily activities.

You might also start to think more before buying new. If you work out three times a week and have three perfectly good pairs of sports leggings, you might ask yourself if you really need a fourth.

Embrace a wardrobe that works for you. Embrace a wardrobe with less, but that delivers more.

Define Your Personal Style: Build Your Key Look

I have worked hard to ensure that each and every piece in my wardrobe has been carefully curated and selected to reflect my own personal style. This guarantees that all my wearables have been purchased because I know I will be able to wear and enjoy them again and again, and because they serve a purpose.

My personal style can be defined as Vintage & Safe Neutrals. I like delicate neutral clothing, in more traditional and formal cuts, that often have a vintage feel about them. It might be the cut, fabric or the way I obtained it, but I personally love a retro inspired wardrobe.

I no longer collect drawers full of clothing that I bought on a whim, purchased because they were on sale, or have in case one day I might wear them again.

I now spend less time in the morning worrying and wasting time on deciding what to wear. I don’t feel uncomfortable in any of my outfits (I used to regularly panic about wearing a too bright colour, too tight dress or fuller skirts) because now I only buy clothes that I know suit my body shape.

By having a personal style, you are well on your way to having a minimalist wardrobe, as every item within there will have a function and have been purchased with thought and purpose, and be worn again and again.

To refine my personal style I followed a number of practices along a period of weeks, however that wasn’t the end of my journey. To this day I am still working to develop my look, tastes and clothing palette to ensure it is functional, fashionable but also still exciting and reflects my personality.

Each month I review the steps below to ensure that I have a well-defined style, and it is still meeting my needs.

Step One: Declutter

Follow the de-cluttering process as described in this previous post here. You want to begin in a good place, and therefore you need to avoid sorting through clothes that don’t have a place in your closet.

I know many people see minimalism as a process of removing and reducing to clear space, only to begin collecting again until you need to repeat the decluttering down the line. I see a minimalist wardrobe as a way of removing the waste once, and shopping smartly going forward to ensure that clutter never collects again.

Step Two: 11 piece wardrobe

Go into your closet, wardrobe or drawers and pick out your favourite eleven items that you wear regularly and can be easily mixed and matched. Lay them out on your bed or floor and take a photo of them.

I did this yesterday, as you can see here:

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For the next week, I want you to wear these items and these items only and whilst doing so fill out this free printable style defining matrix.

Define your personal style

I want you to ask yourself:

  • What do these items all have in common? Are they a similar fabric, shape or colour?
  • Are they practical and is this why you wear them so regularly?
  • How did you obtain these pieces? Were they investments or did you just happen across them and buy them almost instantaneously?

To fill out the matrix, enter what top fabrics, shapes, colours and brands feature in your 11 favourite items. If you can, think of some key adjectives to describe what you’ve gathered to wear for the week.

When you have filled out the matrix you should have some key components already for what your personal style should look like.

Step Three: Favourite Items

Now go into your wardrobe again and pick out your three favourite items. The only rules here is that you need to have worn the items in the last six months. You might have more sentimental pieces, but right now we are looking for key influencers for your personal trend.

  • Add to the bottom of the printable style defining matrix one reason why you love each item. Try to be specific. Is it the fit, the colour or the reason you own it?

Step Four: Put together your own defined personal style

From the above exercises, I want you to make a personal style chart (free printable at the bottom of the page) that sums up you own personal style. Use this sheet to capture your thoughts and influence future purchasing decisions. By only buying from these guidelines, your wardrobe will reflect what styles, shapes and colours suit you best.

This means that you no longer need to waste precious time and money on those instant gratification buys, and can instead invest your earnings into something that enriches your life. Even if fashion is the thing that makes you happy, make sure you are buying pieces you’ll regularly wear by buying according to your defined style guide.

Step Five: Create and collaborate

Using your defined style, you can now plan for future purchases and developments in your own personal look by creating inspirational idea boards. Top tip – Pinterest is great for this however if you are more hands-on and creative the old cut out of magazines and stick into a scrapbook method never gets old.

Step Six: Document your personal minimalist style

When you have finally been through all of the above steps, I am pretty certain you will have discovered some great trends about the clothes you love, suit and are practical for your day-to-day life.

Document these findings in this final personal style matrix, and keep a copy to refer to for your future shopping adventures. It might differ from your one above as you will include ideas from your inspiration boards and scrapbooks and your three favourite items.

My Personal Style

 

Minimalist Style: A week’s worth of clothes

I describe my wardrobe as minimalist because it is a capsule collection of styles, shapes and colours that are perfectly synced to the way I live my life. Everything in there serves a purpose, and I repeatedly wear the few but fantastic items I have collected over the years.

The key to living a minimalist way of life is to ensure each and everything thing you do or own adds value, experiences and contributes to your personal happiness. Everything I own enriches my life or makes me happy, including the items hidden behind my wardrobe doors and drawers.

Think twice when it comes to buying those new shoes on sale for that instant gratification rush, or rushing out in a mad frenzy to stock your wardrobes with clothes for your upcoming short break. Instead, spend your time carefully curating a wardrobe that reflects your personal style, and will be yours to wear and wear again.

This way, you can avoid the ‘I have nothing to wear and nothing suits me’ meltdown we have all experienced twenty minutes before we are due out of the door.

One big misconception when it comes to having a minimalist wardrobe is that it should be limited to very few items. My wardrobe has a great range of key staples that match my own personal style and body shape, whilst allowing me the flexibility to dress for any occasion and not look the same each and every day.

Key steps to minimising your wardrobe

I personally got my wardrobe to it’s current minimalist state by following five key steps. I will talk through the first one today, but I will be posting resources and posts over the next five days on how to tackle each of the following steps.

  1. Having a first initial declutter

If you are looking to minimise your wardrobe, it’s likely that you are doing so to reduce the amount of clutter your clothes are currently taking up in your home.

Before you begin to define your own personal look and work towards having less but loving your clothes more, you need to get rid of the clutter.

Take two boxes, and work through your closets (one draw at a time if they are a little overwhelming). Bin stained, frayed or damaged clothes and recycle or sell on anything you haven’t worn in a year or you’re really not keen on. Including that dress you’re keeping ‘just in case’ you lose/gain weight, it suddenly fits right, or you need it for that particular night out (we all have one!)

  1. Defining my personal style – view the post to guide you through this step by clicking the image below or this link here:

Define your personal style

  1. Addressing the needs of my day-to-day life – ensure your clothes are purchased with your lifestyle in mind.

Assess Functional Minimalist Wardrobe

  1. Retackling that declutter, with a personal style and objective in mind
  2. Build it back up with a minimalist mind

To show you how a wardrobe can be minimised but still be fashionable, functional and exciting, I have laid out my clothes for the next week.

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This includes:

  • A striped loose off-the-shoulder top
  • Pink knitted jumper
  • Grey long sleeved t-shirt
  • Black cropped t-shirt
  • Black halter neck jumper
  • Black jeans
  • Nike leggings
  • Cropped work out top
  • Black playsuit
  • Black dungaree dress
  • Nightdress
  • White shorts

Accessories:

  • Marc Jacobs silver earrings
  • Skagen Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses

Not pictured – a weeks worth of underwear and the turtle neck jumper (as I am currently writing this post in it!)

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I will be wearing these 11 items over the next seven days and you can follow my outfit updates over on my Instagram. This capsule collection will take me from work, to weekday dinners, workouts and weekend adventures and parties.

My personal style

I have curated these key pieces over a couple of years, and they have become regular wardrobe staples, as I have purchased them to align with my own personal style.

I have a main colour palette that I rarely stray from, because I know these colours work for me and additionally as I tend to purchase in similar tones, I can mix and match my clothes easily.

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I go for the same shapes – skinny jeans or cigarette trousers on the bottom, and plain delicate fabrics for my tops. I work in an office with a casual dress code and therefore my clothes tend to be less risqué as then I can wear my whole wardrobe both in and out of work.

I don’t suit high waists, full skirts, complex patterns or loose fitted trousers, so I steer clear of these.

By bearing all this in mind when shopping, I have managed to put together the perfect minimalist wardrobe in which each item enriches my life and makes me happy. No more instant buys, and therefore more money for doing the things that matter!

 

Minimalist Wardrobe – Refine Your Style and Waste Less

Do you regularly go shopping and return home with a new collection of clothes that you might wear once or twice, but as a whole they actually don’t work well with much of the other items you already own?

I want you to think back over the last year. How much do you reckon you might have spent on clothes, bags and accessories? Hundreds, thousands, maybe more? Enough to go on a worldwide adventure, or to fly to a destination of your dreams?

How often do you have ‘wardrobe clear-outs’ and give away several bags full of perfectly good clothes to charity, because they no longer suit your style?

By investing our time and money into clothes which we buy to make us feel good after a hard day at work, clothes that look amazing on the hanger even though it’s not usually what we wear, or another pair of similar earrings because they might just give our outfit an edge, we are detracting from what matters. Investing in ourselves.

Use the money you are spending on a new pair of shoes to go on that dream adventure with a close friend. Spend the cost of that new dress on language lessons to finally be able to tick off that bucket list goal of speaking two languages.

And along the way, refine your own personal style so that what you do buy is timeless, matches your own signature look and works for the kind of life you are living. Make your wardrobe practical for you.

What I challenge you to do is:

  1. Declutter your wardrobe using this previous post here.
  2. Refine your own personal style and use this as a template for future purchasing.
  3. Develop your own signature look.
  4. Spend less on clothes that don’t matter, and invest more in you.

For the first 10 readers who sign up, I am offering a chance to be part of a first four-step wardrobe revamp evening on the 12th June in York. We will look at:

  • Planning your wardrobe aims and dreams
  • Defining your style at the moment
  • Minimising your current wardrobe
  • Personalising your new signature look for future purchasing

If you want to be part of this – email lyndsay.weir@icloud.com with your name and the words ‘I’m in’.

For others, I will be breaking down the above four points in a series of posts starting from today. So watch this space.

 

Day One: Declutter Your Wardrobe

When was the last time that you gave your wardrobe a good sort out? Let’s work together tonight to detox our drawers and minimise our wearables.

If you need some convincing, and are still feeling a little hesitant about living with less, a wardrobe declutter is the perfect place to start.

You might ask why. Well here are just a few reasons.

Less clothes, less time worrying about what to wear each day and more time spent reading your favourite book or enjoying a long and interesting article and a coffee in the morning.

Fewer things to wear, means less time washing, less time drying and something we can all celebrate… way less time ironing. The more we have to choose from, the more we wear. If you have a simple closet, you won’t feel the need for an outfit change before you dash out in the evening.

Less clothes also means a chance to define your own personal style. It makes shopping for your key pieces much easier, and it means you can invest more in your clothes as you’ll have one pair of well-made, long lasting blue jeans that make your figure look amazing over three pairs of mid-priced likely to fray fashionable pairs that might not fit as well.

My personal style has very much evolved to be more monochrome with simple cuts and shapes. Think cotton, floaty shirts and knitted layers. The best thing about this, is that it’s really simple to mix and match.

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Oh, and less clothes means less to store. No more bulging over-filled bedroom drawers of three year old t-shirts.

If you needed any more convincing, less clothes and accessories means more money to spend on the things that matter. Forget new shoes, go see the world instead. Shun those new must have sunglasses, wear last years and go have an adventure in them for the same cost.

So let’s go about it. Here’s how I did it (though please bear in mind I might have a lot less than you lovely readers as I have been through this process a number of times now).

  1. I have my bin box, and my donate box ready to go by my side, and I take one draw at a time.
  • If it’s damaged, stained, or fraying it needs to go. Bin box it.
  • It it’s too big or small, not been worn in over a year (aside from occasional wear) or you’ve been planning to wear it for a long time but never have, it needs to be donated.
  1. If you’re not sure, keep it for now. We do this again later in the challenge so there’s more opportunity then.

Simple.

I got rid of 18 items tonight. Not bad considering this is my third run. How did you guys fare?

Let me know how you get on, I want to see your results and the before / afters of your closet. Will be great to hear any impact it has on your daily routine going forward.

Tomorrow – Morning Routines.

30 days minimalism