Top 4 Reasons Why You Need a Simple Wardrobe
“Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?” -Yves Saint Laurent
Hello and welcome again! I can't believe it is already more than a month that I got started with The Beauty of Simplicity. I would like to thank all my readers for the warm welcome you reserved to my articles and for the high engagement both in the blog and on our community Facebook page. I also would like to thank everyone with whom I have been in touch via email. I get everyday inspired by all the stories you share with me in living a simpler, richer, more beautiful life.
So, it was about time to write an article about wardrobe. The weather has been quite unpredictable in Paris, all over Europe in fact. But, it was never a challenge for me to be dressed perfectly for the weather and occasion, always feel confident about my looks, and actually forget all about it and focus on the task at hand. The only times, I am reminded of what I am wearing are when strangers tell me how they love my head scarf, my hat, my shoes or my looks, or ask me where I got my top or my handbag.
The truth is that I have come a long way from the days when my wardrobe was bursting with so-so clothes and that I felt that I have nothing to wear. It is now a pleasure every morning to put on clothes that fit perfectly my lifestyle and my body type in colors that complement my skin, eye and hair color. Before what I call my wardrobe detox, I used to think that it didn’t own that many clothes. Certainly, by European or American standards, I owned less than average clothing items, but still compared to my late maternal great-grandmother who owned a small amount that fitted into a tiny vintage trunk and was happy with, I obviously owned way, way too much!
I often hear that we usually wear about 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. Before my "wardrobe detox", I probably wore more like 60% of my wardrobe 80% of the time, but still, my aspiration is to get as close as possible to 100% of the time, and that all pieces down to my pyjama should be absolutely perfect for my life. There were few things I actually never wore, as I purged regularly my wardrobe while moving around, and systematically at the end of every season. Still, there were pieces that I still own, but knew I should be getting rid of but I was not, either, because they had sentimental value, or that I just had them for so long, or paid a lot of money for them or just because. But I knew that eventually, I needed to do something about them.
I will be sharing my journey in this blog, giving tips on how I downsized my wardrobe and curated one I am extremely happy with, including my tweed jacked illustrating today's article. But before I do so, I would like to insist on why I believe clothes are very important, whether we like it nor not, from underwear that are worn on the most intimate areas of our bodies to outwear. Clothes are a kind of second "skin" to our body on top of our biological skin, and they usually are a big part of how we feel, act and react. They can make or break a day, a meeting, a first date or a trip.
Based on my observations and experience, I can tell you that there are many advantages working on your wardrobe and the overall image you project. Those advantages can be classified in 4 main areas.
The harmony of your colors, shapes, texture and your very own signature style brings a halo around your persona. Because every single piece of your wardrobe has been build around your very unique self, you shine. Isn't Coco Chanel who once said :
"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman"?
Because all pieces of your wardrobe are well coordinated with each other, you do not waste time in the morning getting dressed or get frustated when you go shopping. Clothes, makeup, hair color and cut are all fit you perfectly.
When you go shopping, you are confident that you are buying the right items, because you have build your very own signature style and you do not follow fashion or trends. For example, I shop very little, but everything I buy is part of a plan, fits perfectly with everything else I own. I also get lots of use of every single piece I owe. In other words, I have a very low cost-per-wear on all my items. At the end of the day, you will also be able to buy a lot less less, but much better. I have no plans on buying any clothes this year, except to replace my runners that are several years old.
You feel good about yourself, you are confident, so you forget what you are wearing and perform better your daily tasks. It is a virtuous circle.
Over the upcoming weeks and months, I will be writing about finding out which colors complement best your natural tones (skin, hair and eyes), dress for your body type and facial features. We will also go through the list of basics that your wardrobe should have to be both functional and beautiful. Empowered with all that knowledge, we will find your own signature style, step-by-step detox your current wardrobe, build a perfectly curated one that fits your personal circumstances including your lifestyle and budget. Last, not least, I will share with you insider's tips and tricks to shopping clothes like a professional personal shopper. Then, you should be able to forget all about it and move on to actually living your life simply and beautifully. If you have not yet done so, do not forget to join the mailing list to get notified! In the meantime, what are your thoughts on simplifying your wardrobe for a richer, more beautiful life? Please feel free to comment below.