This is no secret if you regularly read my blog, but over the last few years it’s been a personal goal of mine to learn to live more simply. A large part of this has consisted of seriously editing and refining my closet. As someone who’s poured way too much time and money into shopping for much of my life, it was important to me to question why and to make some serious adjustments. It’s taken time, but the fruits of these changes have been incredible: in addition to decreased spending and causing less harm (both environmental and to those who make the clothing) through my clothing choices, it’s almost felt like I’ve been slowly stripping myself of excess to reveal my true personal style. High-waisted jeans, black booties, long sweaters, leather totes… themes have clearly emerged, and although there is considerably less in it, I’ve never been happier with my closet.
It will be a continued process, and I now feel like I’ll probably always be editing my wardrobe. Because it’s still occasionally a temptation to revert back to my former habits, here are a few principles that I’ve kept in mind to help me stay on track:
- Purge Relentlessly | I’ve learned to become pretty ruthless when I get rid of things. Unless it fits, is comfortable, I feel great in it, and it’s been worn in the last year or two, it either gets donated, sold, or thrown out if beyond repair. Some exceptions: highly sentimental pieces, “practical” clothing or accessories (like my winter snow boots), and classic garments that are made exceptionally well.
- Shop Wisely | After getting rid of things I don’t need, the last thing I want to do is fill up my closet again with shiny new things that will meet the same fate months down the road. I’ve learned to be very selective while shopping: I won’t purchase something unless I know it will be worn often and worn well – regardless of how great of a deal it is. In other words, a piece has to be near perfect to be brought home (unless it’s something like, you know, socks) – even if it’s 75% off. I’d also like to be increasingly mindful about where my clothes come from.
- Seek Inspiration | With all the talk of minimalism, capsule wardrobes, and Marie Kondo-esque ways of living over the last few years, there are plenty of great resources online to inspire and get you on your way. Whenever I feel stuck in a rut, reading about what the pros do is invaluable. This blog is my favourite!
I’ve also started putting together a list of helpful resources that expand on each of these ideas if you’re wanting to explore doing the same. I’ll keep updating it as I find new ones. I’d also love to hear any tips (or links) that you have to share!
Sweater Coat | Sanctuary Clothing (c/o)
Vest | Sanctuary Clothing (c/o)
Tunic | TOPSHOP
Jeans | Fidelity Denim
Booties | Dolce Vita
Hat | Little Burgundy
Bag | J.Crew (sold out, great options here and here)
Photos by Brian Chan