Does relishing simplicity mean I’m getting old(er)?
I have a very clear memory of Christmastime when I was about six years old. I grabbed a toy catalog, circled literally everything I wanted and handed it to my parents in lieu of a list. Santa could handle eight new Breyer horses and a Barbie Jeep, right?
I still have a list of stuff I think I need. It’s called a Pinterest board. I’m still working on
needing wanting less stuff, but in the past year I have truly noticed my personal and home style taking a drastic shift toward the minimal. Cuts, colors, accessories, patterns.
And it’s not just because simple is easy. Simple feels clean and mature. It feels pure. It feels—French.
So in the spirit of paring down, here are my quick tips for dressing more simply.
- Dress in neutrals. The first and most obvious move. I’ve been talking about this one a lot lately, like in my 5 Ways to Simplify Your Closet, and for good reason. Neutrals (like the grey sweater above) done well feel innately chic. And when you have a closet full of flattering neutrals, you can pull virtually anything out and be sure it will go together. It doesn’t get much more simple than that.
- Accessorize with metallics. Don’t be afraid to mix silver and gold (they are both neutrals—score). Better yet, find a signature metallic so that people always know what to gift you.
- Clear your closet. Honesty time: How long did it take you to get dressed this morning? How many times did you change clothes? Did you run out the door (flustered) because you had “nothing to wear” (again) and it took you 29 minutes just wrangle the skirt you just knew you had? Maybe the answer isn’t that you have nothing to wear. Maybe it’s that you have too much to wear and you’re simply overwhelmed. A dedicated—and honest—purge could be just what the doctor ordered to get you dressing more simply and happily.