August 28, 2017

A YEAR-ROUND MINIMALIST WARDROBE




Luckily for me, living in Northern California where the seasons don't change too much makes it easy for me to transition my wardrobe from spring/summer to fall/winter.


I prefer to keep a minimal wardrobe of about 50 pieces, not counting lingerie, swimwear, workout gear, and snow gear.  Everything goes well together, and I can get dressed effortlessly within 5 minutes or less.  Having a tightly edited closet might seem challenging, but I find that it helps me function better because there is no visual clutter.   I also feel more creative when I'm working with limited options.


          


Here's an inspirational post on how I created 18 looks with 1 dress.

Depending on the weather, I change up my accessories accordingly.  Unlike a capsule wardrobe where items don't fit within the season are stored away, I like to keep everything displayed in the same place all year long.  This helps me understand what I have and it'll be less likely for me to buy a similar, unnecessary items.

To keep my year-round wardrobe versatile for climate changes, I have a few rules that I follow.



:: Typical Spring Outfit ::  
Straw Fedora (similar), Black Tee with Beaded Neckline, White Zara Jeans (similar), Reversible Hermes Belt, Espadrilles


1.  CREATE A SIGNATURE LOOK

Over time, I've realized there are certain proportions of clothing that work best for my body type, and materials that work for my lifestyle.  By developing a signature look or uniform, shopping and getting dressed just got easier.  Into Mind's has a complete guide on how to refining your style.

My year-round basic staples are either a tank top/ blouse + jeans/ fitted skirt, or a dress.  From there, I add on jackets and accessories to change up my look.  The reason why I chose this look is because I needed my wardrobe to be office-, weekend-, and kid-friendly.



:: Typical Summer Outfit ::White Blazer, Black Halter Bodysuit (similar), Denim Shorts (similar),
Sam Edelman Leopard Stilettos


2.  REVIEW YOUR CLOSET & MAKE A SHOPPING LIST  

Make a shopping list for items that are missing from your closet.  For instance, I recently discovered that I have a number of bottoms and need more tops.  Before putting "tops" on my shopping list, I questioned specific details about sleeve length, color, fit, material and even the brand.

The more specific you are with your list, the less likely you'll end up with less-than-loved pieces which end up shoved in the back of your closet.  Many times, especially when there's a sale, we get distracted by all the pretty things on the sale rack.  Having a list keeps me focused and waste less money.


:: Typical Fall (Work) Outfit ::
Rebecca Taylor Tweed Dress, vintage Chanel Boy Bag, Black Stilettos (similar or similar)


3.  LAYERING THE BASICS

Depending on the season, I build a basic outfit (i.e. t-shirt & jeans, or all-season dress) with the following accessories.  This is a loosely based rule.  The California weather allows me get away with boots in the summer and a tank top in the winter.    
    • Spring/ Summer: Sandals, sunglasses, light jacket
    • Fall/ Winter: Scarf or Beanie, tights, jacket, boots 
How do you transition your closet between seasons?

Read my step-by-step guide on how to build a capsule or minimalist wardrobe. 



:: Typical Winter Outfit ::
Cashmere Beanie (similar), White Blouse (similar), Joie Leopard Cardigan (different color),
JBrand Jeans (similar), Suede Booties, White Purse (similar)

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