Are you sick of seeing these shoes yet? What about these jeans? Or this kimono? And you’ve definitely seen this t-shirt before! You may have noticed that lately I’ve had a lot of items in my wardrobe on ‘repeat’. Sally Steele, an awesome Brisbane based personal stylist that I discovered on Instagram, has a moto of “curate don’t consume”. Meaning, create a wardrobe full of hardworking pieces that you love and that hold memories or make you feel amazing rather than just constantly buying clothes for the sake of trends or one-off wears.
Now I’ll admit, I’m a bit of an ‘instant gratification-but it was on sale-this top will look amazing with this skirt but nothing else in my wardrobe-retail therapy junkie’ and I am not usually the best at a minimalist, capsule wardrobe type situation. However over the last few months in India I’ve found myself with not a lot of time to shop and limited access to the stores so I’ve kind of adopted this principle for now. Sure I’ve purchased a few new items but mainly dresses or ‘hero’ pieces so all my basics have stayed the same and here’s what I’ve learnt:
- If you take some time to think outside the box or look past your usual combinations, you’ll be amazed at how many items in your wardrobe can work together in different ways.
- Having a good selection of jeans (or pants) in different colours and cuts will be your lifesaver and the foundation for most of your outfits.
- For everyday casual wear you really only need 2-3 different pairs of shoes that you can swap between.
- Find things like kimonos, scarves, layered necklaces, vests, hats and belts to add to a little bit of interest and personality at the end.
Ultimately I think consuming less in general is always a good thing, however seeing as I’ve already started to (mentally) dog-ear the catalogues of my favourite Australian stores for my trip back in December, I’m not making any promises about my future consumption ;).
What about you, are you a retail junkie or investment piece only shopper?