One day, everything in my wardrobe felt so tacky, so cheap, and so not—me. Everything was too baggy, too bright, and made of polyester. Nothing matched.
I was embarrassed to go to work, and self-conscious to meet with my colleagues who were trendy fashion editors and chic stylists. I dreaded waking up in the morning and having nothing to wear.
But how could I have nothing to wear with all the shopping I was doing? And the hundreds of items in my wardrobe? And the thousands of hours of studying fashion bloggers?
Like many fashion-lovers out there, I had become so overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the latest fads and purchasing trendy items, that I had lost touch with my own personal style. I bought anything, just because I saw it on my favorite celebrity. I was chasing a fantasy—an unrealistic version of who I wanted to be and how I wanted to dress—and falling short with every single impulse buy.
Why couldn’t I just have a few well-made items that made me feel and look amazing?
I needed a clean slate. I needed to re-discover my personal style. I needed minimalism.
So my story begins. Over the past year, I re-defined my style and embraced minimalism. I stopped buying items made from polyester. I decided to wear only black, white and grey, with the occasional denim, and a few neutrals. I created a strict system for collecting new items, and a routine system for cleaning out.
My wardrobe is now filled with a collection of everyday basics, well-made essentials that last forever, and a few trendy items. It’s very minimalist, and very curated.
The results have been unbelievable. Today I look forward to getting dressed because I feel more in touch with my personal style than I ever did before. I feel more confident getting dressed for work. And better yet, I always have something to wear.