Finding Joy In Simplicity.

April 21, 2015

Filed Under: Style

My most recent wardrobe clean outs (there have been several) are, I’m realizing, nothing more than a purge of anything outside of the neutral color families. When I downsized my closet prior to moving across the country, I held on to many items that I’ve since decided to get rid of. At the time, my mentality was that they were high quality, classic pieces that I would come back to someday. Since then, I’ve realized they are actually just doing nothing but consuming space and waiting for their time to shine, which may never come. Recently, my desire to simplify has become much greater than my fear of regret, and I’ve reduced my wardrobe approximately 75% this past year, and I still feel I could tailor it down more. I’m going to commit to keeping a curated wardrobe of items I wear regularly and truly love in lieu of having a ton of options, which sometimes I recently began to find overwhelming.

So, on that note, I hope that you are okay with seeing less variety in my personal style as I seek to dress in a way that I feel best suits me. My goal is to inspire you to do the same, but in a way that you feel the most comfortable!

What is your approach when it comes to your closet? Do you love having clothing in a variety of colors and styles or do you feel more comfortable with fewer options? In what way do you monitor the inventory of your own personal wardrobe to stay true to yourself and your own style?


Outfit Breakdown:
Top: Unknown (Save. Spend. Splurge.)
Shorts: Forever 21 (Save. Spend. Splurge.)
Boots: Urban Outfitters (Save. Spend. Splurge.)
Earrings: Laguna Pearl (Same.)

Photos by Bryan.

9 Responses to “Finding Joy In Simplicity.”

  1. JLu says:

    Well done with your clean out! I am super bad at getting rid of things as I always have either some nostalgic attachment to them or believe that I will eventually use it again!

  2. kelsey says:

    love this look! and i’ve been doing the same lately. you may want to check out marie kondo’s “the magic art of decluttering” book! life changer!

  3. Sayna says:

    This is very classy!
    Recently I got rid of at least 80% of my wardrobe. I love grey and black and layering so I bought a few replacements accordingly. Definitely feel more comfortable with fewer options.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Love the chunky boots with shorts! The buckles are so cute.

  5. Megan says:

    Love that look! I feel like I’ve been trying to do the same as of late with my closet. It’s hard but coming into summer I feel good about really going through and deciding what’s important :)

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Kayla says:

    I’m currently in the process of slowly paring down my closet (I have a baby, everything happens at super slow speeds now). I am doing this two ways…..1) I’ve basically stopped shopping. I buy a piece or two every few months, but there is not much coming in. 2) I’m forcing myself to wear every single item in my closet (that is seasonally appropriate) for a whole day, and then at the end of the day I decide if I LOVE it and it stays, or if I don’t and it goes. If I can’t make it into an outfit, then obviously it goes immediately. This results in a slow progression to only clothes I love, and a lot more going out than coming in. It’s slow but I am already feeling much lighter.

  7. Lily! says:

    Get rid of all garments from f21. Keep the multi colored peplum top I made you keep from the last clean out. I mean.. Do whatever you want.

  8. Ashleigh says:

    Hmmmm…I like options, but that’s why I mostly wear dresses. I can have tons and they don’t take up much space and they are an outfit all by themselves. You can try having or hosting a clothing swap every few months to get rid of things and try new things, and swapping them out again and again!

  9. I’ve been shifting to this kind of style a lot, too! I’m moving to utilizing a capsule wardrobe and it’s been so nice. I’m realizing that I naturally gravitate toward mostly neutrals in my actual clothing pieces and add in color with accessories like scarves, shoes, jewelry, and purses. It’s fabulous.

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