I’m sure you’ve all heard about minimalist wardrobes. Contests or challenges like « Project 333 », « The Under 30 Items Minimalist Wardrobe », « 10 Pieces (or sometimes it’s 12 pieces) Capsule Wardrobe », « The 5 Days to Minimals », « The Minimalist Wardrobe Challenge », etc.
To me, these wardrobe challenges sound more or less like a diet program. You know, the ones that tell you, you’re going to lose weight in let’s say « 7 days »… It’s kind of the same madness: « you ate too much » vs. you’re buying too many clothes – « don’t worry, you will get rid of these extra pounds in less time than it takes to say » vs. don’t worry you will be guided to have The Perfect Wardrobe containing the exact right number of clothes you just need…
Well, what do I mean exactly with these critics:
1/ I don’t say that the goals of these minimalist wardrobes are all wrong. Simplifying your life, saving money and time, having a closet well-organized and uncluttered… I agree with all of this promises and I do declutter my closet twice a year…
But mine never looks like this neat and well-organized one…
2/ As a French woman, I will always rely upon few basic clothes as a white shirt, a black or navy tailored pants, a trench, and a wrapped dress. I always have this kind of items in my closet. They are timeless, easy to match and I know I can wear them in a lot of circumstances.
3/ I am aware that we consume way too many things including clothes, especially since fast fashion brands convinced us that it’s costless and fun… I agree that doing shopping on every Saturdays should not be an end in itself, a pastime or a hobby.
But still, I don’t want to have a minimalist wardrobe!
Unless we need it (for a job or a special occasion), I don’t think we all have to wear the same uniform.
Isn’t a little frightening to see how alike all these wardrobes are?…
(pictures from Pinterest)
It’s true, wearing always the same clothes simplify your life (like with a school uniform: you don’t have to think about what to wear…). It’s also true that with only (like on the picture bellow) 3 jackets, 2 tops, 3 bottoms and 3 pairs of shoes, you can have like 48 different outfits… Wow!
In fact, I think it can be fine if you really consider dressing as a pain and a daily chore.
But I also think that we are individuals with specific bodies and most important specific personalities and tastes. We are not copy/pastable! The way we get dressed will always be an important way of expressing our characters and telling about ourselves. Finding our own style, it’s way more interesting (and difficult sometimes) than following a handbook that tells us what to buy and wear…
I’m not totally obsessed with clothes and fashion but I admit that I love creativity, new inspirations and the excitement of change. Wearing new clothes is part of the process and especially if these clothes are genuine and creative!
I also like keeping few old clothes and accessories that remind me good memories or a special person. Sometimes, I just keep some waiting for the moment when I will feel like wearing them again…
But the most important for me is that buying and wearing a new cloth that I truly love make me feel good and confident. The only condition is: does it fit me? (or I won’t buy it). No matter if it’s a trendy designer one or just one from a vintage or a second-hand store. No matter if it’s just a simple cut in a good fabric or one with outstanding prints… And no matter, if I can do, or not, hundred of combinations with it! (I have my staples for that…)
It’s just a cloth that for obscure, not always rational and objective reasons, I have a real crush on! I might wear it less often than my jeans + white t-shirt combo… but I still like to have it in my closet.
Is it bad?
What do you think? I’d be really interested to read your opinions.