On Having Nothing To Wear

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.

katherine shea's closet with clothes hanging stack of denim folded tibi boots on coffee table book gold necklaces hanging from rack

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.

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