Why I Dress With Less

Working in the fashion industry, my wardrobe has been on the exact opposite of the minimalist spectrum for as long as I can remember. I was a slave to trends, mindlessly buying things that were in one season and out the next.

When I moved to Milan, my style consciousness – and budget – grew a little, so I started collecting designer pieces, too. Not quite ready to spend crazy sums on a single piece, I’d buy mostly on sale and in designer outlets.

This meant that my selection was very limited – last season’s trends and pieces that weren’t appealing to the main audience anymore. While I did manage to find a few treasures on such occasions, it was rather uncommon.

Last year, when I bought my own apartment, I decided to treat myself to a huge closet. For the first time, I was finally able to see all of my proud possessions – and exactly how many of them I wasn’t wearing.

That gala-ready tuxedo jacket and the sky-high heels that were way too uncomfortable to walk in – all of these pieces were taking away the space, without adding any value to my style or life for that matter.

Over the months, I managed to sell most of my never-worn designer pieces and some of the high-street purchases that I didn’t truly love and wear often enough. Initially, I was sceptical – afraid even. Wouldn’t I miss them?

I was singlehandedly dismantling the collection I spent years – and thousands of euro – building. And guess what? I was feeling lighter, happier and endlessly more satisfied with the items I was left with.

It wasn’t always an easy process: some pieces had an emotional value attached to them, some were simply beautiful and thus difficult to part with – even though I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to wear them anytime soon.

I also had to accept the fact that I’d lose most of the money I’d initially spent. High-fashion devalues very quickly, so that must-have shoe I paid for a lot one season is quickly replaced by a newer one, only months later.

I still haven’t reached the point where I’m completely satisfied with the result – there are still plenty of pieces I’m not 100% sure I want to keep. I haven’t established the end goal, either. How do I want my wardrobe to look like?

While I’m very attracted to the idea of a capsule closet, I don’t feel ready to be limited by a number. I want to experiment and see how far I feel comfortable getting. I want to create my own tailored-made solution.

In the meantime, I’m reaping all the benefits of a simpler, smaller closer: less decision fatigue and more time to spend on what truly matters. Who’s with me?

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Silva Natária says:

    Good decision, I’m definitevely with you. Actually, in those days when I get really streessed to have to choose what to wear, I often think ” Super heros and other cartoon characters always wear the same clothes, right? Everyone loves them for what they are and what they do, and nobody cares about what they are wearing.” So, when I really like a piece of clothing, I usually buy two of the same, or in a different color, and allow myself to be like them for a while 🙂

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    1. I love the super hero reference! Why change the winning formula? There are so many more important things to focus on than the color of your cape 🙂 Thanks so much for your comments, Sara x

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      1. Sara Silva Natária says:

        😉

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