I have been a minimalist for a while now. I’d say about 8 years?
It might be surprising to a LOT of you that I consider myself a minimalist considering what I have been purchasing and increasing in my wardrobe in all of my What I Bought Each Month posts… but if you consider that I only have a lot of items in an area where I consider it to be important in my life, it makes sense.
Balance my rather extensive wardrobe with the concept that I don’t own much in any other area (furniture most notably), and the fact that I don’t really buy disposable fashion (1% of my wardrobe can be considered ‘trendy’ or disposable, if that..), then it makes even more sense.
Closet example: Jackets & Coats
For instance this is the current list of outside coats I own:
Spring / Autumn
- [Spring/Autumn] Muubaa casual, slouchy, black biker leather jacket
- [Spring/Autumn] m0851 custom fitted Perfecto cognac leather jacket
- [Spring/Autumn] Burberry camel trench coat
- [Spring/Autumn] Ted Baker Lorili pale purple wrap coat
- [Spring / Autumn ] Cuyana camel alpaca poncho
Autumn / Winter
- [Autumn / Winter]Smythe camel reefer double-breasted coat
- [Autumn / Winter]Smythe navy blue with contrast cuff with gold buttons peacoat
- [Autumn / Winter]Burberry black wool and cashmere double-breasted trench coat
- [Autumn / Winter]Cuyana navy blue wrap coat
- [Autumn / Winter] Isabel Marant Obil boucle jacket which I hacked a little
- [Winter] Canada Goose dark grey puffer jacket
…it’s a lot of coats, I won’t lie.
And I kind of want a few more in a bright pattern or something super light and dressy like a silk trench coat, a field jacket, etc…. but… these are all incredible, classic coats that can wear until I’m 90 and PLAN on wearing until I am 90.
It is minimalist… for me
I say that because I for instance, don’t have 7 trench coats in various camel, taupe and beige shades.
I have one.
ONE Spring / Autumn camel, classic trench coat. If I bought another one, it would be let’s say a dressy silk one or a deep green dark neutral one so that it serves a different style purpose than the one I currently own.
I wouldn’t buy a second classic, camel trench coat because it has different details on it… it’d be too similar to what I already own.
I’d buy something completely different to serve another purpose completely.
It is a waste of money to buy disposable, cheap fashion
They aren’t coats I plan on throwing away after a year or two, I take very good care of them to make sure they don’t pill and look terrible.
Cheap coats, look terrible after a few winters.
What’s the point in spending $300 on a wool coat that will look terrible after 3 years and have to replace it, when you know it will cost $1000 – 2000 for a great wool coat that you can keep for 30 years?
Or a trench coat that isn’t of high quality (in the fabric) and bubbles, pills, bobbles and looks kind of rumpled and Columbo-messy-like over time.
Why not save your money and buy the ACTUAL trench coat you want?
Really? Do you need multiples of coats for one practical purpose?
I don’t need THAT many coats for all of these 3 seasons….
…but I love them all and wear them all equally to elevate my outfits. Coats are the #1 things that people see and notice first during Autumn and Winter because it covers your outfit.
That to me, it is really the essence of what luxe minimalism is.
It is all about luxurious items that make sense in a wardrobe that is minimalist-for-me because each one serves a style purpose.
My entire wardrobe is based on those kinds of principles because I have one to three perfect pieces for each purpose that it serves.
My style does change over time
I’ve noticed myself veering more towards classics, classic trends (plaid shirts (!!) )… neutral colours and things that aren’t rainbow-hued or too wild in terms of a print that would be unwearable on me at the age of 90.
Of course, there are brilliant, older women who are 60+ who can ROCK a wild print on print ensemble (…Betsey Johnson, Iris Apfel come to mind), but I am fairly certain I will not be one of them unless the print is subtle and/or classic.
I still haven’t jumped on any animal print bandwagon either. I can’t seem to reconcile leopard with my inner sense of style yet, but I am slowly getting there.
As a result, I have been slowly culling (thoughtfully), items from my wardrobe as I see them not being in sync with who I am and who I will be any longer.
Things I have culled from my closet recently:
- SHORT SKIRTS.. I am unable to gracefully and comfortably squat or bend down with my toddler in them
- RAINBOW PRINTS … I no longer want to wear very bohemian, artsy “out there” rainbow prints that don’t look neutral, subtle or classic
- UNFLATTERING COLOURS … I can’t wear muted, muddy tones like yellow-based greens or .. basically orange. I hate wearing orange.
- TIGHT ITEMS.. No need to show the shape or pattern of my bra!
- CHEAP FABRICS .. 100% or majority-of-the-fabric polyester has a hard time staying in my closet. It has to be incredible polyester to make the cut.
Still not there yet, but I am trying!
The siren call of things like $7 plaid shirts from Old Navy still call (really? will I wear that when I am 90?).. but I am trying my very best to not succumb.
I am really trying to think