Tuesday, 30 August 2011

An Experiment in Simplicity - Part One: About Minimalism

I've been reading a lot about wardrobe minimalism and personal uniforms over the last weeks and it looks like I'm finally ready to take the plunge. 

It all got started two years ago when I found out about The Uniform Project. Even though the idea was very appealing, I couldn't see it working for me. Despite detoxing my wardrobe several times, I still felt unsatisfied about it and wanted to do something about it. I did a bit of research: I've been advised to narrow down my entire wardrobe to 50 items (including undies) or to use only four colours: a base colour and three accent colours... Well, I'm not giving up on any colour, dude.

A few inspiring thoughts:

"There is no need to act like a curator and keep every object from your past in a box as proof of your existence." 

"If you get rid of an object, you're not getting rid of the person who gave it to you, or the person you were when you acquired the item."

"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."
- Socrates

"Essentially, minimalism is about breaking out of the mould of always wanting more. It’s about finding happiness in what we have already, instead of chasing something that is always out of reach."

Three thought-provoking articles:

• Should memory boxes be given the boot? - by Oliver Burkeman.
• Create Your Own Uniform - by Mademoiselle Robot.
• Personal Uniform - by Style Salvage.

Having a personal uniform is time-efficient and ever-challenging. 

• I want to figure out what my visual identity is and stick with it despite the trends.
• I want to spend less time rummaging through my closet and more time living my life.
• I want to free myself from consumerism and use my money on something else than clothes I don't need.

Next stage: reorganizing my wardrobe. Wish me luck...


I'll be selling many pieces over the next weeks for only a few pennies so make sure you visit the 'shop my closet' section once in a while!


  1. I love the idea of personal uniforms. My style just seems to be all over the board sometimes. :|

    Maybe I'll learn some things as you go through this process! Excited. :))

  2. This will be interesting! I'm also constantly decluttering my wardrobe and don't really know how to organize it efficiently... Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing the results!

  3. I love this idea. I really need to do it as well.

    I did something similar last fall, only buying only four new, classic pieces that I knew I would wear often, and it was great.

    I hope you share what you end up with!



  4. Good luck to you! Reading this post, I was totally on board and was all inspired to do the same, and then you mentioned "shop my closet" and I got far too excited for that. My dedication is fleeting.

  5. Good luck and have fun!

    ♥ sécia

  6. what a wonderful project. thank you so much for sharing this. It's really brilliant. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  7. It's a very interesting idea, but like you said: I'm not givin up on any, ANY color. I love colors!
    But I totally dig this post and I think I might apply a thing or two... or maybe more!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Beijos da Taís.

  8. definitely dont give up any colours! That would have been my reation too lol.