A few years ago, an airline lost my luggage. And being the zen master that I am, you can guess how I reacted.
I freaked out!
I think I said something like, “My (insert luxury Italian brand here) heels are in that suitcase…and I need them!!!!” I reacted as if my life had been upended on a massive scale. It was only a little while after — when my ex was sharing the story with our friends — that I realized how (dare I say) bougie I had acted.
Not my finest hour.
A curious thing happened on that trip though: After a couple days without my “stuff,” I no longer missed them and enjoyed those first 2 days of my vacation a lot more than I usually did because, for one, I was dressed and ready to go in 30 minutes every morning.
And thus began my journey to what I now call, my semi-minimalist wardrobe. (They did find my suitcase, BTW.)
Instead of trying to downsize my wardrobe, I approached it as trying to keep my closet organized and uncluttered because that was a goal I could put my arms around. That didn’t feel like deprivation, it was a real desire and interest. I used a Madison Ave (NYC) store like this one as my inspiration. As you can see, there’s a nice amount of breathing room between each garment… and that’s what I used as my guide for my wardrobe organization.
Trying to maintain an uncluttered “boutique-like” closet meant I had to put away seasonal items and become a more discerning shopper. Now, I still get a thrill looking at my curated neat wardrobe. I’m not trying to be an extreme minimalist but I’m able to balance my love of fashion with my appreciation for tidiness and saving time.
If you’re interested in some level of minimalism but love fashion like I do, that just might be the route for you.
And, watch makeup artist, Sanni Sorma’s tips for deciding what items you should get rid of.