As a girl who like getting dressed it’s an important question and if you ended up reading this post, probably it’s important to you as well. Lots of morning start with the infamous question what should I wear today. It’s happening with me too and most of the time my husband’s short but rather annoying answer is: clothes. No shit, Sherlock.
First of all I get his point, it should be easy, these are just clothes for God’s sake. But making this clear, getting dressed for him is like pulling out what’s on top. Socks, jeans, t-shirt or sometimes shirt and if it’s colder then a jumper. Done. That’s it. Could I do the same? Probably I could. But without looking like a crazy? Yes, I think so.
But secondly, where’s the fun part in that? I have to admit there’s just a thin, fragile line between fun and aaaaaarrrghhh, so sometimes what suppose to be fun gets crazy driven obligatory. Of course there’re better times when we have something new what we’re obsessed with or when we see something highly inspirational and that’s the garden of earthly delights itself (I know I’ve been there, it’s a magical place).
Main inspiration sources recently to wear denim and tee all the time. 🙂
Although there are a lot of things what I love or like, there is not so much what can inspire me and even less what I could wear any day. Of course I’m well aware of good marketing tricks and my limits in every sense but still it gives me hard times when I have to buy something new or have to get dressed (and I think I have just enough clothes).
I made a lot of mistake earlier when I thought if I love something on someone else than it’d be right for me too. I couldn’t be any more wrong. Of course when you’re young, you have to experience different styles in order to find yours. And that’s right, that’s the best time to make mistakes in every possible way. After a while you won’t make the same ones if you’re clever enough to pay attention. And I learned my lessons too, today I won’t buy anything just because it’s trendy or cheap and I’m pretty good at whether I’d wear something or not. Also I love the idea of finding the perfect items and wearing them until death makes us apart.
And basically this is a good thing. Full stop. What I’ve learned so far saves money, time and energy for me but on the flip side I’ve limited my own options so much that sometimes it makes me wonder whether I’m a boring person style wise and eventually ended up thinking about why I’m blogging about fashion and style. But then I always have the conclusion that I don’t have to have big walk in closet full with clothes and everything else to be fashionable or stylish. Moreover, creativity can be stronger with less items.
I wear lot of different jeans.
However, I still have this thing about compensating(?) the amount of my clothes with buying new but well tried and tested items most of the time which can get boring after a while, which makes me ask the infamous question ‘what should I wear today?’ which honestly is not to far from the even more infamous ‘I have nothing to wear’.
And the combination of these things is equally dangerous like buying everything what’s in your way. I mean after finding perfect jeans would I stop seeking another perfect pair? No, I know I won’t. Because perfection is a non existing thing and because there’re so many style and cut and color and length and details out there, it can make you feel dizzy. I think it’s only logical to have more than 2 jeans and tees if you wear these almost every day but how many is enough or too much?
Some people say the less clothes you have the easiest to get dressed in the mornings. Maybe for some it can work but I tried and it definitely did not work for me. Back in the days when I was living in Cork I managed to reduce my closet about 50-60 pieces total. Somehow it was a good feeling and then and there it was a good choice because it was almost the same temperature and weather every day (no kidding), and it was a small, quite sleepy city where I didn’t do so much. Also these occasions are really good to keep those things only which you really like and wear so I have no regrets about it at all.
I get and like the idea if you have things only what you love then it’ll be easier to get dressed. But for reach this, you need perfect knowledge about your style, and the perfect basics (what does count as a basic is a whole new topic, more about later :)) which is time, money and energy again. And if you have this all then there are those pieces which are not bad but so far you couldn’t find better or the perfect replacement. What about these?
This is more or less my wardrobe today.
So when we moved here to London, the ‘minimal’ wardrobe situation has changed pretty fast. I’m back to 70-80 pieces and although, sometimes I feel it’s a bit much and I keep decluttering all the time I always get back to this amount. Could I change this? Yes, after all I did it once but I don’t really want to as I still enjoy more options being available. On the other hand, I’m quite proud of myself to keep the balance in there and this number didn’t get even bigger.
Having all this said I had to realize two things:
- I’m an uniform kinda girl. You could ask whether that’s a bad thing and my answer would be no. And I still love fashion and everything what’s nice or cool, nostalgic or just fresh new and I still like experimenting and I still love good materials and fits.
- This is a new period in my style evolution. Quite similar to what happened me when I got my first salaries and I enjoyed buying almost everything. This time I’m experienced enough not to buy everything but I have to work on my patience and my habits, namely on seeking and waiting more, buying less and keeping more of them.
- Building the perfect wardrobe takes time. A lot of time and money and energy and you have to keep this in mind all the time when you want to buy something new.
I think I’m on the right way to reach this, as making things for yourself is always the first step. But I have to remind myself all the time and need to be more (much more) patient. If I could do this I think that certain question would be asked significantly less.