I'm gonna need more hangers.

fiona green [the coveteur] :: kate foley [refinery29]

I want a wardrobe that consists solely of dearly loved items that give me joy to wear. Objects that I always look forward to wearing – I’m quite sure such a wardrobe is utterly attainable.

-Dead Fleurettes

while i don’t follow her manifesto of stark and disciplined minimalism, i was completely taken with what she said here. its so simple but something i never considered to the fullest: its not just about having pretty things, many things, things things, but things that are precious to me. that should be sufficient and enduring. if i would just avoid acquiring unnecessary things, i could have more of the kinds of pieces i’ve always wanted. with this goal in mind, eliminating everything in between has become easier. it took a lot of tumblr viewing, a lot of closet photos to realize it makes me kind of nauseous to see those vast walk in closets, shoe racks piled high with barely worn louboutins. i don’t want that anymore. i’d love to have a humble collection of my favorites and my go-tos, as pictured above, and that’s what i’m going to continue to go for.

side note: owning less does pose an interesting paradox however, as posed by The Guardian: it doesn’t absolve you of your material attachment. you’re still fixated on “stuff.” meh, i’m ok with that. i just want stuff that i actually like.

for more closet inspiration, you can check out my tumblr (same name, hehe), stylelikeu, and the selby, among countless others.

 

past, present, purgatory [wayne tippets, vanessa jackman, altamira]

My greatest belief about clothes is that style does not come to you unless you pay attention to it.

-Amanda Brooks, I Love Your Style

i like defining things, especially my style, because it gives me a foundation to base future choices off of, however i often like too many styles and it changes even faster than fashion seasons. but i’m perfectly content with that.

so i have to constantly have these periods of reflection. amanda brooks book was surprisingly helpful in this department and while i don’t find her intellectually stimulating, her categorization of definable vs. indefinable styles was particularly helpful in my differentiation process. in terms of definables, i tend to deffer to classic/minimalist tendencies, often simultaneously. indefinables are less about specific structures, but rather underlying principles. i tend to be quite girlish with boyish/punkish backlash. overall, i’d say playfully put-together still defines me fairly well.

that said, this step in closet curating will forever be ongoing and i don’t feel entirely comfortable setting all of that in stone because i’d hate to limit myself, even in the broad scope of the indefinable category. i’d rather just be free to explore all of them. i realize that it’s contrary to what i said about enjoying the defining process, but that’s the way i operate: i’m an extremist and i oscillate constantly. i believe it is important to analyze yourself to get to the essence of how your style works and not just it’s components.