“Simplicity and consistency” is my mother’s mantra when it comes to style. Do I wish I had listened to her earlier? I do! I’d have avoided many costly mistakes when my true style was all that time within my reach.
But maybe we all need that time to experiment, to search, before finding our unique formula.
My eureka moment came as recently as last weekend when I decided to have a massive wardrobe clearout. It was actually a necessity- I don’t think my wardrobe was ever in such a state. Piles of clothes kept breaking free from their Ikea jail every time I opened my closet.
This was when I decided to be honest with myself. All the clothes I was hoarding because they were connected to memories or people- had to go. The test was, as usual (but this time I really applied it)- I’m packing for Paris (where else) and have 5 minutes to go. What do I take?
And just like that, I was left with 10% of my wardrobe.
It has only been a week but it feels so liberating. I’d cast away everything that wasn’t truly me, consciously choosing a narrow path. Paradoxically, I now feel like have more outfit options that ever before. I feel like choosing a style constraint set me free to develop it in a way that’s truly unique to me.