January always feels like a good time to re-connect with what supports and sustains us. We may make adjustments to our diet and exercise routines, make lunch dates with friends now that the holiday rush is over, or start a meditation or journaling practice. In addition to those, I find it’s a good time to assess and refine my wardrobe.
The Key To Stress-Free Style
There’s an oft-cited figure which says that most of us wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. That may or may not apply to you, but if we don’t shop with wardrobe cohesion in mind, it can be easy to collect a lot of random items that pile up in our closets. I find that too many choices can feel overwhelming and stress-inducing.
While experimenting with style and creating new combinations can be fun, getting dressed shouldn’t be an ordeal. Our wardrobes should serve us, rather than the other way around.
It certainly helps to de-clutter, but it’s also important to focus on a versatile, cohesive foundation. With the right basics in our wardrobes, we can kiss those “nothing to wear” days goodbye. A good stable of “workhorses”, plus accessories and a few accent pieces (“Show Ponies”) can cover just about any activity or occasion short of a Black-Tie or Mother-of-the-Bride situation.
Your wardrobe basics will depend on your lifestyle and style preferences. They’re the pieces you find easiest to style and reach for most often. Here some examples of mine, and I’ll cover the What and Why in greater detail over the next few weeks.
Simple, Sustainable Style
One of the pitfalls of being a style blogger is feeling a certain degree of pressure to always have new and unique outfits to post. It’s led me at times to wear things that really don’t feel like a true expression of my style, and to purchase much more than I otherwise would. I’ve begun to feel a bit of burnout. That’s always a sign that I need to re-connect with what feels authentic and organic.
I’ve also been thinking a lot lately about the environmental impact of the fashion industry. That coupled with a fresh year’s desire to “simplify, simplify, simplify,” has motivated me to re-focus on wardrobe fundamentals and sustainable style. I’ll be sharing more outfits with an emphasis on re-mixing my wardrobe basics, using accessories and accent pieces for variety. This is how I get dressed most days, and how I get the most out of my wardrobe.
Some of you may find this approach to style boring, and that’s OK. À chacun à son goût, and all that. I’m hoping it will be helpful to those who are trying to keep their closets manageable, while still having versatile, comfortable and stylish options for everyday life and travel.
What are the wardrobe basics you rely on most?