At this time of year, fashion magazines are full of the new looks for fall/winter, the latest colours and “must haves” to add to your wardrobe. It’s always hard to think about cosy sweaters and down coats when it looks and feels like summer.
New fall fashions remind us that it’s time to update our wardrobes. But is it? One of the many trends I’ve been following could be considered “anti-fashion”. Whether you call it getting organized, sorting through things, de-cluttering, maximizing your space, there’s a big trend towards having less “stuff” not just in your wardrobe but in your life generally.
Marie Kondo https://tidyingup.com/ encourages us to keep only items that “spark joy” and shows us how to fold everything from shirts to socks. The Minimalists https://theminimalists.com/ help people live meaningful lives through less. Courtney Carver https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/ inspires people to simplify their lives and really live. And those are just three of the people I’ve been following. There are so many books, website, blogs, etc. that I ask myself, “Aren’t they all adding to the clutter?”
Among all the minimalist trends, I wondered if there was anything I could share that reflects my philosophy about clothing and working with clients on their wardrobes. I found The Definitive Guide to Minimalist Fashion by Sarah Anne Hayes https://nosidebar.com/minimalist-fashion/ She says the aim of a minimal approach is “a wardrobe that fits your lifestyle and is filled with high-quality pieces you absolutely love that will, hopefully, last years.” That’s always my goal when working with clients.
Updating your wardrobe is a process, not an event. It`s not about numbers. It`s about having clothing that fits, flatters your shape, reflects who you are and most importantly, makes you feel amazing—no matter where you`re going or what you`re doing. Each season you retire items that are worn, out of date, no longer fit, add a few new pieces or find new ways to wear items—aka closet shopping, rather than a starting from scratch.
Yes, we all probably have too much stuff and need to have what my mother used to call “a clear out.“ But, it’s about doing what’s right for you. You can have 12 pairs of black pants or 63 ties and if you’re comfortable with that, that’s fine. However, if you’re not and you need some advice on which ties to keep or which pants look the best, contact me https://hereslookingatyou.ca/contact