Rec Five: Blogs about Minimalist Style

Friday, May 13, 2016

I read somewhere that the average woman owns over a hundred items in her wardrobe. Now, that's uncited and could be totally untrue, but clearly the popularity of capsule wardrobes seems to indicate at least some people are seeing this is true and trying to change that in their own lives. I was a bit on the fence about capsule wardrobes till I noticed that I maaaaaay already sort of have a capsule wardrobe just by living life (more on that soon), but if you too are unsure, here are five great blogs to get a bit of information from!

Unfancy- This blog originally documented the blogger's transition to her 37 piece capsule wardrobe, which was updated every three months for the changing seasons. She rather famously quit at the height of her success and walked away from the blog for six months (a great interview about that decision can be found on The Lively Show ). Now she's back, albeit with a far more slow and unstructured framework- both in terms of how she is approaching her capsule wardrobe (less about the rules and changes, more on the sustainability and not needing to think about clothing as much) and blogging in general. Still a great to follow whenever she posts though. Plus, she's partnered with a company that helps you make capsule wardrobes. Would you try that?

Into Mind- Though this blog does touch on the writer's own wardrobe, the real focus on on helping the readers to create their own capsule wardrobes. She has a lot of great posts as a resource, plus a downloadable workbook too! These resources really help you break down what your lifestyle needs from a wardrobe, helps you focus on color palettes and silhouettes to better understand your closet.

Fashion Pas-  Rita is a friend I "met" though blogging, so it was with interest I watched and red the changes that took place in her blog over the past few months. Now captioned "Notes from a Mindful Style Journey", her blog really delves into her journey to have a capsule wardrobe and to have a wardrobe that was composed of good quality clothing from sustainable, ethical  sources. Her approach to this was very different from the first two blogs I mentioned, though she did use some of their resources. I personally really appreciated that she had a job that required professional clothing, to see how that affected a capsule wardrobe, and she also shared the process as she went through it. We saw the initial work she put in from color palettes to shopping and we also continue to see as she looks at what works and what does with her process.

Minimalist Beauty- The issue of diversity has been cropping up in the news a lot recently, which led me to realize how little diversity I see in blogging some days. This blogger is beyond gorgeous and helps widen the scope of beauty seen in media. More importantly, she writes intelligently about capsule wardrobes, digging deeper than just "fewer clothes." Her capsule is almost completely thrifted, and many posts focus on how to create a capsule from thrifting, as well as how to care for clothing in ways to make them last longer.  She's even tried to make her own clothing, something I think many would like to try and are nervous to. Her posts touch on beauty care and home decor as well, with an emphasis on natural and ethically-sourced products.  There's a little bit of everything on this blog, all tied together by a honest, forthwith voice and clear dedication to a lifestyle.

Forever Amber- One thing Amber is very clear on- she is NOT creating a capsule wardrobe.... or not quite. Two of the things I think many people struggle with when it comes to capsule wardrobes is 1) not wanting to limit oneself to a certain (very small) number of clothing and 2) a misconception that for a capsule wardrobe one must have a minimalist style. This blogger is like the exact opposite. Amber has a HUGE closet filled with many lovely, retro-inspired items. Her big personality is reflected in her colorful, fun clothing. But she noticed a lot of her clothing was going unworn because she wasn't buying items that fit her lifestyle and she lacked basics to wear with the more colorful stuff. So, while she still wears and shares cool, vintage-y outfits, she also writes about how she figured out what holes were in her closet and created a capsule wardrobe with in her larger closet composed mostly of those basics to get more wear from what she did have.

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  1. I get so many ideas from Into Mind! I'm not really a minimalist, but I do try to weed out the clothes I no longer wear :)

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