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How to Get Out of Your Minimalist Comfort Zone And Stay True To Your Style

How to Get Out of Your Minimalist Comfort Zone And Stay True To Your Style

I don’t always love what’s in my closet.

The other day I stared at my row of basics: neutral button downs, followed by a small selection of neutral blazers, then opened my cupboards to find stacks of classic neutral sweaters.

And all the Navy, black, cream and grey stared right back at me.

Clothing and style is supposed to be fun. So why doesn’t my closet feel that way?! This is what I thought to myself the other day as I flipped through my jeans. I’m not going to lie, although I make Youtube Videos and write blog posts about the virtues about shopping your closet, I’m only human. I also happen to be a human who has a love and appreciation for beautiful things. At that moment, I longed for a dreamy printed blouse or an outrageous pair of shoes so impractical for Canadian winters, and maybe one of those uber trendy, metallic heavy fur-lined moto jackets too.

But I didn’t want to go on a crazy shopping bonanza – sustainable or no. In my opinion, a closet full of sustainably made clothing that is rarely worn is still wasteful.

So the first thing I did was, of course, shop my closet. I paid close attention to any printed pieces, and focused on incorporating them into my daily wear and pairing them with a bolder accessory. This faux-leopard vintage coat that I bought last year did the trick, and I got even more excited when I paired it with these adorable pom pom hoop earrings from Tobi. In fact, I find Tobi has some great pieces that suit a contemporary style without being over the top trendy. Worn over my simple black sweater and jeans, I definitely got a kick out of this look. So. Lesson number 1?

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Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on the piece(s) that *somewhat* satisfy your fashion craving and layer with bold accessories.

Next, I grabbed something more appropriate for a hot date in Miami than wandering around in our current climate, and converted it to winter. Enter this lace number from Tobi (I’ve had a dress like this on my list for about a year now – happy I scored this one!) and my second hand Smythe long blazer. The over the knee boots repel slush, and I can add tights once the temperature dips below zero again. I like the juxtaposition of this look. Even though its basic black and white, the contrast of a plunging lace dress and structured wool coat made me feel a bit daring but still comfortable. So here’s my next lesson that I learned while putting these outfits together.

Take a garment that's *technically* out of season or out of context and make it wearable for now with basics.


Admittedly, this is a very “first world problems” post – no matter what, I am always grateful that I can afford clothing and that I have a closet full of it. But I think for those of us who love aesthetics, wearing only classics on the regular can have us feeling a bit flat after a time.

So what did I learn?

That getting out of your minimalist comfort zone, or any style rut for that matter, requires some smart purchases from the get-go (timeless pieces with bite like leopard, patent, anything textured – put these on your shopping list, they’ll come in handy!) and some creative combinations.

Do you ever feel this way about your wardrobe? Tell me! I’m hoping I’m not the only one!

Thanks for reading as always, xo

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  1. So…now that I discovered your blog…I am going back a few posts to see all the fabulousness I have missed! Animal print will jazz up any sleepy wardrobe. Some type of animal print should find its way into every closet…whether as a garment or accessory. A bright color or two…perhaps in a sweater, blouse or scarf will add brightness on a dull wardrobe day. I do not have a minimal closet, but I do now that I grab the basics first and then add my creative pieces to it. The pieces I love are unusual belts…the best ones I found were at THE REAL REAL. I have one designer logo belt. Vests and kimonos will spark joy in my heart. It is the THIRD PIECE that I really hinge my look on….after the column of basics is addressed. Then the accessories bring it home. Having a third piece in a different length…whether a leopard jacket, a kimono, or a wrap dress that can be worn as a duster….or a button down dress as a duster…adds layers and interest. I have many, so there is I have no excuse for being bored, but that was not always the case. Two decades ago, I was single, on a very skinny budget, and did my best with what little I had and I made some critical observations. Then, I made lists. You have done it here beautifully. The textured dress that can be worn out of season….texture add so much interest! The leopard jacket…perfection.. A pair of tall knock-me-over-with-a-feather bold boots….earrings that are fun fabulous will divert boredom. Back in the day, I kept a notebook. On the list…the THIRD PIECE, lipstick, scarf, belt, maybe shoes, maybe a bag……and then I would think about it….WALK AWAY….and allow myself a week. Then, I would budget…or in my day…look for stores with lay-away. Knowing a new piece was coming EVENTUALLY and planning for it made me look at my wardrobe with new eyes as I planned for the new piece. Times have changes. I am older and financially comfortable, but I would trade it all in a heartbeat to be young and plotting out my next wardrobe addition! There is something to anticipation to make it special. If fact, those are the pieces I treasure most!

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