'So who do you want to be today?' - Me as I fling open my wardrobe every morning. During my teenage years and early 20s, there were a myriad of choices. Indie intellectual, ditsy bubblegum princess, extra from The Mighty Boosh... the list was endless. Nowadays, I'm more settled in my skin. I'm Mariam Oyinkansola Bashorun every day. Sartorially though, I'm still figuring myself out.
I like to keep things simple. I like things efficient. I do not like clutter. For these reasons, I have found myself drawn to the minimalist lifestyle. I've been reading the fantastic blog, Minimalist Beauty and I think minimalist living may be the way forward for me. I'm always lamenting how little time I have and streamlining key areas in my life would be good for me. Plus I figure by taking out all the 'noise' from my wardrobe, I'll finally be able to pinpoint my personal style.
I'm going to be moderate in my approach so don't expect me to throw out all my worldly possessions. I like my possessions. I would however like to do more with less and truly value what I have.
CREATING A CAPSULE WARDROBE
What You Need
Pen - Notebook - Storage Box - Bin Liners
There are multiple methods of creating a capsule wardrobe all with differing difficulty levels. I like the pile method. This method doesn't focus on giving you a list of items you need but actually encourages you to start with what you have and tailor your needs to your lifestyle. I used a somewhat detailed version from The Every Girl which worked really well for me. The graphic below from Who What Wear covers the core principles and is a great starting point.
After three days of de-cluttering, I've ended up with a 32 piece collection excluding accessories and a small shopping list to complete my wardrobe. To give my wardrobe the polished look it deserves and to keep it organised, I have ordered wooden hangers and garment bags for my more delicate pieces.
The process was very cleansing and forced me to confront a lot of my hoarder tendencies. I had a prom dress from when I was 19 and 7 pairs of shoes that hadn't ventured outside my room in almost a decade!
With what is left of my wardrobe, I already have a clearer sense of my look. It's been extremely helpful to note what I love and currently own vs what I aspire to own. My only concern going forward is boredom. Will I get bored of wearing the same things constantly? Also will I feel subconscious in wearing my recycled looks?
I'll keep you updated and look out for my next post where I'll be sharing all the details on my capsule beauty collection. As per usual, share your thoughts in the comments below.