36 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags
I have always been a person who struggles with formal and occasional wear. I have rarely felt like I have had an adequate or appropriate wardrobe for fancy situations. The main reason for this is probably the fact that I default to a fairly casual style and I despise wearing uncomfortable clothing. Most of the formal shoes and dresses I have bought in the past have not been comfortable, and have not reflected my authentic style.
During my seven month shopping fast and decluttering frenzy, I got rid of all clothing that could be considered remotely formal. One of my strategies for building a small but satisfying wardrobe since then has been to create shopping rules. I also wrote a wish list of items I felt would complete my wardrobe. Formal wear was on this list, and I have been looking for a nice dress for some time now.
In recent months I had been on edge, dreading a special occasion, knowing that should something arise, I would be in trouble. My shopping rules forbade me from purchasing 99% of what I saw. The main challenge was finding a dress that would suit a number of occasions and could be used for years to come.
Here is what I wanted from my dress to ensure it was as flexible as possible:
- It couldn’t be white as I might need to wear it to a wedding.
- It couldn’t be black because I’m petite and black makes me disappear.
- It needed to have a low neckline and emphasise the waist to flatter my shape.
- It couldn’t have flared or voluminous sleeves because I wanted to be able to wear it under my leather jacket. Rocknroll.
- It couldn’t be too bright a colour. I dislike colour and I’d end up getting rid of it.
- It couldn’t be too revealing for both reasons of weather practicality.
Well after months of searching, I am absolutely thrilled to tell you that I have finally filled the formal spot in my wardrobe! This dress is the perfect formal dress for me. It has an adjustable tie in case I lose or gain weight, comes in my favourite non-colour, and suits my aesthetic. The dress is by Lacausa. Different colours are available on their website.
Finally a pretty formal dress!
Most importantly for my small wardrobe, I feel like the items I have purchased are quite flexible. Their functionality will ensure that they get used in different ways and don’t become deadweight.
Have you struggled with formal occasions on your minimalist journey?