We live in a time with too many wardrobe options. When it comes to fashion, there is always a new trend advertised each year. That’s why we need to reconsider our current wardrobe or be selective with our new purchases. Or else, we might fall in an episode of over-consumerism in our closet. Knowing what to buy and wear doesn’t need to be challenging or difficult. And like many things in life, less is more.
Nothing to Wear
Five years ago, I had what I call a “crazy moment.” I gave away 75% of my closet. I was having a “transformation stage” and started changing by getting rid of excessive vanity or materialistic items around me (including people). Years of my salary invested in my closet were given away without a second thought. Later, I came down from my pink-unicorn and I discovered that it was the wrong move. I started going back to social events but didn’t have a lot to wear. My closet was empty, and now what?
That’s when I adopted minimalism in my closet. Which means buying classic pieces and neutral colors that I could reinvent throughout the years, instead of purchasing many trending colorful pieces that were going to be out of style next year or season. I slowly started reinventing my wardrobe by becoming more conscious of what I had and what I was going to buy. Luckily, I left in my closet my most precious and valuable pieces. It wasn’t much but it turned out that by adding accessories and mixing pieces and colors; my new empty closet was enough. Shocking!
To err is human; to edit, divine.
Since then, my shopping mentality completely changed. I’m no longer a fan of patterns, colorful stripes or dramatic floral, and it has helped to stay minimalistic. For example, when I do use floral, I try to keep them on a soft feminine neutral color as light pinks, blues, and yellows that would be perfect to reinvent during each Spring season. Stripes are usually navy blue or black and always paired with black or white. Patterns during Fall season, let’s say when I wear a herringbone blazer. Neutral colors are my favorite, and if I want drama on my outfit, then I just accessorize, wear an intense lipstick color or dark nails.
The Trench Coat
Less is More
During my twenties, I was the girl that went shopping every Friday to buy a new outfit. I always had a feeling that I didn’t have anything good to wear in my wardrobe and tried to keep up with what was trendy or what all the other girls around me were currently wearing. I didn’t know it then. But trendy sometimes is a trap. One, it means that you are still discovering your unique style, so you keep on trying new things. Two, it means to shop, shop and shop. You’ll never keep up with all the beautiful trendy pieces coming to the stores each season. It’s impossible. You will need an apartment-size closet to keep all of those gorgeous clothes that you want to buy every time you visit the store. Retail has created a marketing mechanism to make you feel that you need them. Millions of dollars have been invested to make you feel that your closet is empty. It is not, girl. You just need to buy the right pieces for your body type instead of falling for consumerism by buying a new piece each weekend.
That’s when I adopted minimalism in my closet. Which means buying classic pieces and neutral colors that I could reinvent throughout the years, instead of purchasing many trending colorful pieces that were going to be out of style next year or season. I slowly started reinventing my wardrobe by becoming more conscious of what I had and what I was going to buy.
The Chunky Sweater
Tall Girl Problem
For example, I’m 5’9″ and I can’t wear every single skinny jeans I see because the majority would be too short on me. In my case, I need to pay extra attention to the inseam length of the pant. I’m also Latina, so my hips and thighs don’t lie. Ha! Therefore, that means that I search for tall pants that embrace my curves and at the same time slim my hips. Ha! Yeah, it’s mission impossible sometimes. Calvin Klein and Nine West are some of the many brands that help me find the right work pants for me. But that’s what I mean by body type. I want to buy all the pretty pants that I see. But do I fit in on all of them? Of course not. And let me tell you, I don’t want to remember how many times I tried to fit my body into the wrong pants in the past just because it was trendy. All that I could think of is “Oh no boo-boo… Girl, what were you thinking?” Ha! Don’t we all have one of those regrettable looking back moments?
The Black Dress
Don’t get me wrong; I still fall in love with that new trendy color. As a matter of fact, I love colors. I’m from an island and island-people love happy vibrant colors. I have several loud colors in my closet like magenta, burgundy, purple, orange, emerald-green, and red. But I pay extra attention to the fabric and shape on trends. The question usually is: will I be able to wear this again next year during the Fall? If the answer is yes, then I buy it. I play with the balance between classic and trendy by being picky with color tones. If you are donating or buying new pieces to upgrade your wardrobe then here is my list of pieces to keep or add to your closet. I’m sure you might already have a few of these items already. Below is a display of the essential items to consider adding to your wardrobe. Click on images for more information.
The Black Booties
The Western Hat
With Love, Wen
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