Wow, has it been a busy week! I am so glad that I won’t be traveling tomorrow, and I think I’m going to declare it jeans Friday. Here is my last outfit: black pencil skirt, turquoise shirt with turquoise necklace, black blazer and black flats. Thinking back, I should have worn this outfit on Tuesday, but it was so similar to what I had worn on Monday. I didn’t want anyone to notice how similar by wearing them back to back! I liked all of these outfits; I would just wear them in a different order next time. You live and learn, I guess. I just started apartment hunting you guys! I am having some serious nesting feelings. I will be posting pictures as soon as I get a place and get settled. I want to take this minimism to a new level with a charming little apartment. I will keep you posted!
Whew! It has been a long week already, and there are still two more days to go! Here is what I wore today: grey trousers, colorful shirt, black short sleeve cardigan, and black flats. I had switched into this cardigan on Monday, so I have worn it twice so far on this trip. I have worn these black flats twice as well. It’s hard to tell, but I am also wearing the same jewelry as what I wore on Monday – orange dangle earrings and my blue ring. I have one more day of this trip, so check back tomorrow to see what I wear on my last day!
You should probably not be surprised to see this blue geometric print dress. I love the way it fits, and the color, and the design. I have gotten so many compliments! Matched with these flats, it was the perfect outfit for a long day at a conference. Two more days! You should start to see some good repeat pieces tomorrow.
When I was in high school, I went on a school trip to Europe. One of the teacher/chaperons shared some packing advice with us. He would bring his old unders that he was going to throw out anyway along with him on the trip and then throw them away when he was done wearing them. Since he was going to get rid of them anyway, he would do it while on vacation, and it would free up space in his luggage for the return trip.
That idea always made me smile, and I’ve implemented it a few times. Just thought I would pass along that sage piece of advice to all you other minimalist travelers out there!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! BTW, I stole the term “unders” from Anthea. I think it perfectly describes them.
I have spent nearly a year building a minimalist wardrobe. I get lots of questions about it, so I wanted to post the how of creating a beautiful, functional, small wardrobe.
1) Basics, basics, basics
Do you ever feel like you have lots of fancy, lovely clothes, but they don’t really go together? You probably don’t have enough basics.
My most important basics are skirts for work, neutral dresses, a nice pair of jeans, and cardigans. These are the items that you will wear again and again, so it’s important to find good quality items. Even when I’m thrift shopping, I try to buy the best quality I can find because I know that I’m going to be wearing them a couple of times a week at least.
I try to have a balance between basics in neutral colors and basics in accent colors. I realized this recently because I end up in all brown and look like a mushroom. So I bought my fall coat in hunter green, which will complement all of my clothes and yet pop against my brown and cream neutrals.
2) Limited color palette
A minimalist wardrobe does not have to be boring! Lots of people create a minimalist wardrobe out of all black, with perhaps a few pops of color. I am here to say – Think again!
The key is to have a limited palette. The idea is to have multi-purpose items that will mix and match easily.
To begin, choose two neutral colors and one accent color. This will bring your wardrobe into focus and expand your options. When I began seriously dressing this way, I whittled my wardrobe down to brown & cream (neutrals) and purple (accent color). When I bought new glasses, I bought purple glasses because, hey, they go with everything!
Later on, I added new colors, but only ones that complement the colors I’m already wearing. My current palette is purple, pink, and green with brown, cream, and navy blue as my neutrals.
This step actually makes shopping a cinch because you can exclude everything that doesn’t fit in your palette, which means less time considering every item in a store. A quick visual sweep can be all it takes to realize that there is something there that works with your wardrobe or not.
3) Multi-purpose Items
I mentioned this above, but it is definitely its own strategy. Look for items that will easy work with a variety of other pieces you have.
For me, cardigans have really come to the forefront as a versatile item. I have lots of sleeveless shirts that I like to wear in the summer, but throwing on a cardigan makes that suitable for other seasons as well as at the office.
I also look for pieces with certain shapes because they lend themselves to layering, creating more options. Try a buttoned up cardigan over a dress and it looks like a new outfit. But the dress shape and the cardigan shape have to match to work together.
********************************************************************* I fly at least four times a year, so for me, it was easy to try these strategies out while packing a minimalist travel wardrobe. I have figured out what works best for me on the road, and then worked to apply those strategies to my regular wardrobe.
If you want to see an amazing minimalist travel wardrobe, head on over to My Roman Apartment. She is spending a semester in Italy and packed a beautiful wardrobe. Plus she shares pictures every day of what she’s wearing. Very inspiring! Check it out.
There are my three strategies to share with you today. I hope you can begin creating a beautiful, functional, minimalist wardrobe!
Any other strategies to share? I know some of you out there will have something to add.
OK, this is the final day of my minimalist travel wardrobe. Whew! I am not sure I could write a fashion blog; taking these pictures is stressful for me. I hope you’re enjoying the tour of bathrooms!
I wore this for my final travel day. It was very comfortable and almost too warm for the plane. Hooray for layers.
Dress: Thrifted (BCBG MaxAzaria)
Shoes: Pink wedges (Naturalizer)
Whenever I do a trip like this and focus special attention on my wardrobe, I remind myself that I should be doing this all the time, even when I’m at home. I am going to make a list tonight of the outfits that I want to wear this whole week. I will dress better, and I will be able to easily identified those items of clothing that have stayed in my wardrobe too long. Your time is coming, dead weight clothes.
Thanks for following along! I’ll be back to regular blogging this week.
Also, notice that I started a Tumblr blog! ————>
It has “outtakes”: pictures that I have taken that won’t end up on the blog. Just random pictures of my life. I hope you enjoy them!
Ok, like I mentioned in my last post, I am going to try to share pictures of as many of my outfits as possible over this weekend, utilizing these clothes.
So I thought I would start with what I wore for my travel day.
That’s my “I can’t believe I’m taking my picture in the bathroom at work” face.
Today’s outfit had to be work-appropriate and easy at the airport. I only have to take off the belt and cardigan (and shoes? do they still do that?), so the security process should be pretty quick.
The cardigan will also be functional on the airplane, when temperatures tend to fluctuate.
OK, Day 1 down. I’m excited to show you what I wear tomorrow!