I was always a big fan of Anuschka Rees’ blog, Into Mind and was thrilled when she recently published her book called The Curated Closet. It’s chock-full of useful strategies and ideas and one in particular, feels like a great way to view clothes in a slightly different way.
Anuschka maintains that the basis to a great wardrobe, which will allow a versatile mix of pieces and enable multiple different looks, is to have the right balance of: Basic pieces, that form the backbone of your wardrobe; key pieces, that add versatility and encapsulate your own personal style; statement pieces, that will enable you to add variety and a little something special.
The great thing about this approach is that these pieces may be different for everyone. What is a basic for me may be a key piece for you. I feel this simple tactic is powerful because it allows me to see my capsule wardrobe in a different light. At the moment, the basics and key pieces are well covered but I’m a bit light on the statement pieces so if I need one, I tend to go to my tiny ‘special occasion’ capsule and pull out something from there. This is where I keep a couple of special dresses to wear to a wedding or a party, a smart pair of shoes, a dressy top or a sparkly jacket! However, with Anuschka’s approach, by incorporating a small number of statement pieces into my ‘normal’ capsule, I can wear these special pieces more often and not keep them for the ‘just in case’ times. It will also allow better mixing and matching and jazzing up a plain outfit to make it more my own.
I will be starting to think of my summer capsule wardrobe in a few weeks’ time so I’ve decided to use this approach for summer shoes, to dip a toe in the water first, so to speak. I tend to live in flats in the summer and wear my heels far more in the colder months. They also go better with my summer clothes. So, I could view my black ballet flats, which feel like slippers after 4 years, as basics; my pointed flats which, because of their neutral colour, go with many combinations and are a key piece; and my pink flats could make a statement, with a more neutral outfit. Before this, I think I may have been inclined to pair my neutral flats with neutral basic clothes – resulting in a ‘meh’ kind of look.
The other reason I love this approach is that minimalism is all about de-cluttering the excess and appreciating what we are so fortunate to have now. Loving and using things on a daily basis and not putting them away for ‘special’ occasions seems a better way. Every day is special, right?