It's Complicated {A Wardrobe Refresh}

I don’t know if it’s my recent move, getting older or simply a slow and steady change of outlook, but I’ve been feeling the need for less lately, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. The week before I moved, I wore leggings and a t-shirt every day with a sweater to keep me warm, and I wasn’t unhappy. Whilst I do miss the “old days” when I would post an OOTD post on Instagram every day, I don’t miss the stress and anxiety that came with that.

What I couldn’t figure out though was what that look like for me - until this past week when I watched It’s Complicated. It was the first time I’d seen it (which is insane, I know) and beyond how much I loved Meryl’s house and that garden, the thing that really struck me was her wardrobe: jeans, espadrilles, shirts, cashmere cardigans and the occasional fancy dress. It felt so right - both for her and for me. I could almost imagine myself as Jane - both in those clothes and in that house. Though I’ll definitely need to add in my beloved floral dresses too!

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And so that was the start of my inspiration. I’ve already decided that, for now at least, I’m not going to give myself a specific number that I have to stick to - purely because I know that doing so will cause me more anxiety and stress, which is the total opposite of what I’m trying to achieve - instead, I’m going to slowly, but surely, over time, purge the items I no longer care for or wear (because yes, you can let go of clothes you love if they no longer suit your purpose) and curate a wardrobe of fewer, higher quality items. I’m talking linen, silk, cotton and bamboo. My shape is also still changing so that also weighs in on my decision to not go at like a bull in a china shop, but I also think that by doing it this way, I will end up with a wardrobe I love, where everything can be worn in numerous different combinations and I’m not left staring at my wardrobe trying to figure out what to wear.

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It might not be obvious by this snippet of inspiration but I have already decided on the colours I’m going to stick with. In all honesty, it wasn’t that hard once I thought about the clothes and colours I already reach for every day - black, white, grey, blue, tan, blush pink and a hint of floral.

So now, tell me lovely, are you feeling the need for less lately? And what did you think of It’s Complicated (because I need to talk about it with someone!)


Annéka xo