There is nothing more peaceful than living in a simple home that has been de-cluttered Konmari style so that you are surrounded only by a few things that you truly love. Realising that less is more certainly makes you a much more mindful shopper, enjoying the art of browsing and mentally absorbing the designers creativity without the impulse to purchase. Here are a few ways that I stay on track to ensure that my wardrobe contains only a few quality pieces that I adore:
+ The happy dance rule. If it doesn’t make you do a happy dance in the change rooms don’t buy it. Unless you physically cannot walk out of the store without taking that AMAAAZING item home, then leave it on the racks – if you’re unsure now, you will only grow to despise the item in a few short months. This applies to everything from clothes to beauty products to items for the home, just a few happy dance shopping trips later and you will have saved yourself a lot of money and you will have saved the planet from the tonnes of environmental resources that go into making goods.
+ Know your style. Pull out the top 10 items in your wardrobe that you wear the most, lay them on the bed, and you will soon see your true style. Take note of the shades, the cuts and the materials, and try to stick to that when you’re shopping, so that you invest in everyday staples and not one-off high fashion items. For me it’s shades of grey, navy, light blue and white, comfy and made from natural fibres – mostly cotton and wool.
+ The fashion pyramid. My stylist friend taught me about the fashion pyramid, where you work out what clothes you wear the most and invest in those, rather than that designer dress that you wore to the races once. For example if you exercise daily then invest in quality workout gear, if you live in jeans then feel free to splurge on a great pair, and when the spring racing season rolls around, or you get a lovely wedding invite in the post, tee up a wardrobe session at your girlfriend’s house and try on a few of each others dresses in exchange for a free dry clean at the end of the wear.
+ The French capsule wardrobe. For me, my go-to style is a typical French outfit – flats, a good fitting pair of blue jeans, a white top and navy blazer. By identifying your typical wardrobe style, as well as a few fashion icons (for me it’s the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle MacPherson, Jennifer Aniston and Gisele Bunchin) it makes shopping a lot easier when you ask yourself, would Elle wear this?
+ Seasonal clothes on display. At the turn of each season I go through my entire wardrobe and put away the end of season gear. For example in the spring time I get my two winter coats dry-cleaned, rub a bit of coconut oil on my boots and put them away, put away my long sleeved tops, pyjamas, Ugg boots and anything else super wintery. I love MUJI’s zip up bags for this, where I fold everything Konmari style and slide it under my bed, so that when I look at my wardrobe each day I only see clothes that are ready to wear, which makes getting ready in the morning with a toddler in tow a lot faster!
A note about ironing: As a general rule I try to avoid clothes that need dry cleaning and/or ironing really, apart from for the odd linen shirt which I usually sneak into the pile when Rosco irons his business shirts, because most of my life I’m in clothes that can get a grubby little hand on them without too much worry. I do have a couple of good pieces for date night and work meetings, which I tend to wear under a dressing gown until the moment I leave the house.