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Curating a Minimalist Wardrobe by Nichole Dunst

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Today's post was written by Nichole Dunst of the blog, Joie de Vivre. Nichole is a full-time flight attendant, part-time blogger, and holistic health enthusiast. She spent her college years working for her University’s Outdoor Recreation program on the Sustainability Team. Joie De Vivre chronicles Nichole’s conscious living pursuits and worldly travels. It seeks to showcase “green living” as a fun, stylish, and non-intimidating venture.

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There’s a hot new word that’s been circulating recently.

Minimalism


Something about the prospect of streamlining our chaotic lives seems so liberating. Whether it’s getting rid of old clothing, finally de-cluttering and re-organizing the apartment, or streamlining our social media strategy, most people would agree that there’s value in taking things down a notch.

The past year or two I have really found myself gravitating towards a more simplified style. My closet is looking a whole lot less Dazed and Confused, and more Fifty Shades of Grey than in years past. As I cleanse my wardrobe of trendy, cheaply made “fast fashion” purchases, I’ve slowly been replenishing it with higher-quality basics.

Developing a more minimalistic wardrobe isn’t something you should expect to do overnight. I’m not encouraging you to head out to the mall to drop your latest paycheck on straight lines and monochromes. This is more about learning what kinds of fits and styles you like, then streamlining your wardrobe so that it is simpler and more sustainable.

By sustainable I don’t only mean “eco friendly.” I’m also referring to a wardrobe that is set up to last you for the long-term. Quality, timelessness, and a sense of authenticity to your “personal brand.” 

Understanding your Personal Style


In my opinion, the reason women go so wrong in building their wardrobe is that they’re not really in tune with their own personal style. We look at magazines and catalogues and want to wear what the celebrities and the models are wearing. We want that “hot new item;” to look like we’re up-to-date with the latest trends. There are two major things that are wrong with this way of thinking.

1. We shouldn’t let others influence or dictate what it is we do or do not like.
2. The clothes the models and celebrities are wearing probably aren’t going to look the same on us.

To help attune yourself to your own personal style, you can do several things...

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