In a recent WSJ article, "Can You Be a Minimalist Fashionista?", there was discussion about curating your wardrobe to ensure you don't have so many pieces that you need additional storage for all of your clothes - think additional, meaning to rent a storage space.
Now, when I first read the headline, I thought it was in regards to more of a "uniform" approach to fashion. In other words, minimalist by not having too many pieces of clothing but rather, quality over quantity.
I should point out the article did touch on the latter part of this point.
"The great disrupter in the fashion industry in recent years has been more than 30 years of casual dress codes that have caused most people to buy fewer, cheaper clothes. What’s more, the widespread popularity of cheap, fast-fashion—casual garments, mostly priced well under $100, that people buy frequently and discard quickly—has hastened the industry’s consolidation."
So, what I would like to propose is the idea of a minimalist fashionista that focuses on core pieces with a few trends here and there to ensure her "uniform" stays current, fresh and relevant while appreciating quality over quantity.
What does this mean for your wardrobe?
For starters, ensure you have core pieces that include: basic tees, camisoles, mock or turtlenecks and long sleeve shirts. Then, ensure you have some flattering denim, along with a pair of dress pants and a dress that could be suitable for the office or evening out - think a black shift dress.
Then, add in any core pieces you know you can't live without. For me, that includes a few cashmere sweaters, including a black cardigan, along with with a couple of skirts - long and knee length that can be dressed up or down. I also need a black blazer that I too can dress up or down. Remember to consider your climate - do you need core pieces for all four seasons, for example.
The core pieces are what I may also invest more in, such as choosing cashmere for my sensitive skin over a synthetic material that may be cheaper but may also irritate my skin. Also, in buying cashmere, I know I will wear it over and over again.
From this "uniform", I then recommend to add in trendier pieces. For example, what about something velvet for this fall season? It will, depending on the color, be able to carry you through to spring. Also, depending on the trend, it may be a piece you originally buy as a trend but carries itself through to the next year. I was early on the silk pant trend (I love silk), and I was able to wear this trend through to a second year.
Of course, building a core or a good foundation to any wardrobe is a must, and you are in the right place to do that. Be sure to check out Adea's tees, camisoles, layering tops and panties to get you started.
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