Fashion is a beautiful pastime for many of us, ranging from hobby to profession to way of life. The variety of styles we have to play with is both inspiring and freeing. I've enjoyed sifting through various trends and uncovering classics over the years to discover my own unique look.
Building your style and look is part of discovering your identity, an artistic expression of your thoughts and perspective on life. Your look is truly a statement. A platform to demonstrate through colors, patterns, shapes, and textures who you are—glam or comfy, sporty or elegant, warm or cool, classic or trendy. This can also be true of how you decorate your home or the type of car you drive, but your look is so much more personal.
Of course, our identity is made up of far more than just the everyday outfit, but I have found that determining my look and approach to fashion has helped me embrace all the influences and experiences in my life. It allows me to express multiple sides of my personality and model a lifestyle I value.
A value or perspective I carry throughout my approach to fashion resides in the quality and quantity of clothing I own. To put it simply, I prefer to purchase less, but when I do make purchases I select timeless, well-made clothing. I love an 80/20 lifestyle in many ways and that philosophy applies here as well. 80% of my wardrobe is made up of classic pieces that are made with hight quality fabrics and hardware. 20% of my wardrobe is filled with trendy, playful, less-quality pieces that I often rifle through and donate once they fall apart or become irrelevant.
Taking a quality over quantity approach does not mean you have to buy expensive attire. I classify quality clothing as long-lasting, well-chosen material made with care and backed by the brand or designer's guarantee/return policy. Getting to know the designers, lines, and brands that fit your body well and reflect your personality and lifestyle is key. Once you know these, you can set aside funds for one or two incredible pieces each season and keep an eye out for sales. You will eventually create your perfect capsule wardrobe, full of flattering and comfortable pieces.
I also love to keep my wardrobe simple. Fewer options allow faster decisions. Through the years I have developed a habit of reviewing my closet after each season. This month as the weather warms I will begin to pull pieces I didn't wear this past winter. If it's a classic well-made piece, I may give it one more season, but typically I will donate it.
This year I want to take it even further and store all clothing that is not appropriate for the season in my attic. Opening up a box full of clothing before each new season could become a fun way to welcome a change in weather! It will also give me a clear understanding of what I own, in case I need to fill in any gaps.
Whatever your style, let's be intentional with our purchases by supporting local makers, seeking out timeless well-made pieces, and choosing to own less. Keep your closet and your life purposefully simple. :)
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