I am definitely a minimalist.
I feel it in my heart, I see my house (here are ALL my posts and pictures of my house) has just the right amount of things in terms of furniture and it really isn’t cluttered in the slightest.
And yet… I have A LOT of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories.
It is the one area where I read things like: cultivate the perfect minimalist 10 piece capsule wardrobe … and I cringe because I know it would be doable for two weeks, maybe a month before I would get bored.
How would I even do that? TEN PIECES TO WEAR?
…and why would I do that to myself?!?
I would let’s say pick a pair of utility pants as my “casual wear” but would not be able to limit myself to just navy blue pants, I’d want them in the olive green too.
Or just ONE pair of jeans?
My basic Jean wardrobe has expanded to one pair of dark rinse jeans, a pair of black ripped jeans, a pair of distressed girlfriend jeans and maybe another pair of jeans but not quite as dark as the first dark rinse pair….
It turns out that I just really like variety.
I like the idea and option for instance of being able to pick a black leather jacket to wear over my silk shirt… or the exact same moto style but in red. Or dark grey suede.
Each colour change makes me feel differently about the outfit.
With black, it would feel very classic, with a sort of NYC cool chic feel, but very tough, “don’t screw with me” sort of vibe.
With red, it would feel like a statement piece, I’d feel artsier and cheery.
With the dark grey, it would feel more like a calm, but slightly liberal Upper East Side, museum-visiting, cultured lady of leisure.
All from ONE jacket colour change.
So capsule wardrobes are very cute in theory but in reality, I have an urge to own no less than 4 white skirts, all different from each other — pleated, wrap, eyelet lace and pencil of course….
Each one serves a different purpose for a different outfit and makes me feel different. They are, for me, not made equal.
This is why I am a minimalist in all aspects of my life except when it comes to money and clothes — I prefer to maximize both.