I have always considered myself a minimalist. It is probably because of my European upbringing, and because we did not have malls where I was growing up. By the time I moved to the U.S. and climbed above the poverty level, my minimalist habits were imprinted too deeply, and I never developed the habit of packing my closet with too many things.
I am happy to be a minimalist because less stuff means more money for each of the few things I need. I definitely prefer quality things ~ they are well made, always stylish, and long lasting. Smaller wardrobe requires some planning, however.
I stay away from suits - suits are expensive and, unless suits made of wool, I find it difficult to mix and match suits' tops and bottoms with other pieces. So, basically, one suit is one outfit. The best I can do is to change shirts and scarves.
I look for well fitted classic style separates ~ a few dresses, tops, bottoms, cardigans, and jackets. I choose classic style because, no matter where the fashion wind blows, it is always in style and chic. I pick colors that would allow me to mix and match the pieces into different outfits ~ black, nude, white, grey, red...
I accessorize the outfits with inexpensive scarves and fashion jewelry. I look for shapes and colors that are in at a given moment. Whenever I can, I pick bright colors to brighten up the beige, black and grey outfits. When picking the accessories, I am not very picky in regards to quality. Seasonal pieces have a short life and becomes old news really fast.
Last, but certainly not least,
I look for fabulous shoes. The way I see it, shoes are always the most important part of the wardrobe. I mean when a woman walks down the street in a pair of sexy heels, who would care to notice the rest of her outfit?! I don't have many pairs of shoes, but the ones I have are fabulous, and I have a special place in my heart for every single pair!
I hope this is helpful! And please share your tips on how you build your basic work wardrobe!!
xo, Zuma A.