Until recently I had a wardrobe (*cough cough two cough cough*) full of clothes but found I had nothing to wear. Now I KNOW I spent the time shopping and filling my wardrobe full of items I liked, but somehow over time they seemed to disappear…
It was one afternoon when I was scrolling through TED talks on fashion that I came across Jennifer L. Scott’s 2014 TEDx Talk called ‘The ten item wardrobe’. Completely intrigued by the notion that a woman could have such a small wardrobe, I watched it immediately.
I’m so glad I did.
The talk is centred around a specific chapter of her book ‘Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I learned While Living in Paris’ called – ‘Liberate yourself with the ten-item wardrobe’.
Buckle up kids because Scott brings the goods on why a wardrobe full of choices is more limiting than a wardrobe with only a few choices.
I’m not going to spoil this talk for you, because I really think you should watch it yourself, but here is how my whole approach to clothing has changed – and how yours can too.
So what changed?
Now I’m not going to lie to you and say that I have created myself a ten item wardrobe, because I haven’t. Surprisingly that wasn’t what I took away from this talk.
What I took away from this talk was how having less really gave me more.
After a big clear out of my clothing and accessories I created myself a wardrobe that I love (it’s easy too – just click here to find out how).
Since then all purchases are made with intent and purpose.
I make better investments in my clothes and accessories, preferring quality over quantity. I would rather 1 great, quality item than have 5 average items. This not only keeps my wardrobe in check but I actually look after my clothes better and they last longer.
Also, my style is evolving. By keeping my wardrobe small and being super picky about what I spend my money on, I really take the time to think about what I am buying. I know exactly what I want and buy only those things.
And shopping is actually more enjoyable as well if you can believe it. I know what holes I have in my wardrobe so I never feel guilty purchasing any items that I have specifically wanted and looked for.
All in all, this ‘The Ten Item Wardrobe’ has revolutionised my approach to shopping in a way I wasn’t expecting.
So watch this ‘The Ten Item Wardrobe’ TEDx talk (it only goes for 14 mins) and see how it will revolutionise your own wardrobe for the better.