| Jen Reilley

Minimalist Wardrobe

Unclutter your closet; unclutter your life. Ever felt stumped whenever you had to open your closet to look for today’s wardrobe? So stumped as to not being able to find the “right” one even after you’ve emptied your wardrobe, filled up your bed with piles of shirts and pants and jackets, and still find nothing.  So you panic and come to the conclusion that you need to buy new clothes.  But until you can buy a new set, you’d still need to come to that closet each morning to come up with a decision.

There is a way out of this predicament. It’s called minimalism.  Minimalism means that you need to remove “non-essentials” and focus on what remains. It means removing clothes you haven’t worn for a year or downsizing to unclutter your closet.  Minimalism is a Buddhist technique that frees the mind enough to allow it to attach to what is quiet, serene and unhurried.

It is often that problems are caused by stress and too much excitement or too much attachment to the temporariness of life.  Why is it that when you shop in a store with very few choices, you are able to make a choice quickly?  and why is it that when you enter a supermarket that  has a long rack of the different brands and labels of the thing you need to buy that it takes you forever to buy it?

Why worry too much when everything will come to pass anyway. Why not live for the moment by releasing excess cares for the past and future.  Pick one and get out of there. Going minimal means making a statement, spending less on laundry, and gaining more confidence.

So for your closet, fill it up with only the best, high quality selections that you love.  This move will upgrade and update your fashion choices.  Your closet mustn’t allow the entry of poor and low quality “sale” items therefore, when choosing clothes, make sure that your choice is yours and is not based on some advertisement you’ve seen on TV. Let your own standards shine above what is generally desired. Let your clothes express who you are; and what is in your heart.  In other words, develop your own style. Do not adopt someone else’s.

Choose only clothes of high quality.  Your closet doesn’t have to carry too many clothes if the few you’ve chosen are some that you can be proud of, are durable and suit your style. Don’t forget that true fashionistas do not copy styles. They create their own.

When shopping for new clothes, take all the time you need. Never be in a hurry. There will be clothes that will give you that “feeling” when you see it the first time.  When it doesn’t click with you, don’t buy it.  Just follow your natural choice.

How to achieve the BOHO Chic?

Boho is basically about fun. But yes, it is also about being hip, earthy, comfy and natural. Boho is also hippie without the un-showered look.  It’s classy and doesn’t hint at shady or dirty. This chic style is flowy, showcasing natural, wood, browns, beiges, whites, flowers, and leaves.

Boho style is about vests and tribal prints but not just about clothes. It covers also hair and shoes, make-up and accessories.  The thing to put in mind is that Boho is about being natural.

Overall, Boho is vintage, ethnic and natural. The word “Boho” was coined by Laura Demasi, a journalist described eclectic gypsy. That was 10 years ago and Boho remains to be popular today.

If you wanna go Boho Chic, here are some tips:

  1. Said many times, Boho is about natural tones in fabrics. So linen, velvet, chiffon, silk, leather, suede and fur are the usual choices.  Leather and fur are “cruel” fabrics to some Boho stylists because these represent violence to animals so faux leather and fur are used as replacements, which are cheaper yet look as good. Boho is usually brown, earthy reds and greens, oranges and beige.

  2. Boho Chic uses lace, crochet, embroidery in dresses, hats, bags, tops and even shoes, in floral, checks, avant-garde, and other natural patterns which come to life when paired with neutral items.

  3. As mentioned, Boho is about comfort so no tight fitting dresses and tops please. Loose-layers, full length dresses, cut-off whites and beige sweaters are good examples.  Still others try to mix tight fitting with loose clothes – for instance, fitted faded jeans can be paired with mottled linen whites. And in cold weather, a light brown sweater. A natural stone necklace such as turquoise and a scarf will compliment this outfit.
  1. Gladiator, cowboy, Greek sandals, ankle boots, thick heeled boots and shoes are predominant in Boho fashion so choose brown, tan or beige. Vegans or vegetarians can use faux leather to complete their outfit.
  1. Although Boho choices are plentiful, Boho is actually minimal and natural so neon, too many colors, too many necklaces, numerous accent colors on clothes and hair color, negate the very philosophy of Boho fashion.  Boho is hardly about flaunting wealth; so hyper-expensive accessories are frowned upon. Instead, choose ethnic accessories such as Mexican or Celtic - armbands, necklaces, wooden and mineral bracelets and bangles, dangling earrings, shells, stones, and wood.

Boho hats are usually wide brimmed, sometimes crocheted Fedoras that come in neutral tones. Headbands can be braided or can be tied bandanas. Tassels are great attachments to handbags. Handbags with a lot of color and which come in natural fabrics are best. To complete your Boho outfit, a vintage pair of sunglasses, round or aviator shape, will complement the shape of your face.

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