A Small Wardrobe in 2017

37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags

Welcome to 2017! Every New Year I like to set goals. I feel it is important for me to know where I would like my life to go, so I can prioritise the actions that will take me in that direction over the coming year. This year I share some of my goals with you.


My Wardrobe

Minimalism was an unexpected bonus of 2016. I hadn’t consciously resolved to cut down my belongings, it just happened steadily over the year. It has now become an integral part of my life. I have found it to be a helpful tool in creating the physical and emotional space I want. 

The greatest achievement of the past year, of course, was creating a small wardrobe. In 2016 I minimised my 150 piece wardrobe down to 37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes and 3 handbags. I now have a satisfying wardrobe made up of classic basics in neutral tones.

My shopping goal for 2017 is to introduce a little more personality into my wardrobe. I would like to add some statement pieces with interesting textures, patterns, and maybe even a little bit of colour.

My 2017 wish list is smaller but less specific than last year’s. I am allowing myself to be a little more creative with some of my choices. In saying that, I still have some basic parameters, with loose descriptions of the items I want to purchase. I have also allowed space to replace basics, incase they fall apart or something better comes along.

I still want to keep my wardrobe under 40 items of clothing. That means that some items I purchase will replace existing items in my wardrobe.

My 2017 small wardrobe wish list:

  1. High neck tee
  2. Black cashmere turtleneck
  3. Statement knit
  4. Statement trousers
  5. Patterned dress
  6. Basic replacement
  7. Basic replacement
  8. Basic replacement

My shopping rules will apply once again. The shopping rules keep my shopping habits in context and minimise opportunities to get distracted and make shopping mistakes.

In 2016, my shopping budget was half of what I spent in 2015. In 2017, my shopping budget is 2⁄3 of what I spent in 2016.


A Small Wardrobe Blog

Last year also saw me start this blog. I have felt really surprised and honoured by the constant enthusiasm I receive from you. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and support!  It has helped me to realise that I love writing, and that I want to write more.

This year I will continue to write 1-2 posts per week within the general theme of minimalism and creating a small wardrobe.

I also want to create additional, more specialised and interactive content for Patreon subscribers. I guess the ultimate dream is that I could help people re-design their wardrobes, one-on-one. Most of my writing will reflect that desire. I’m also considering making some videos to give those ideas more life. I’m hoping to launch my Patreon page by the end of January. Let me know in the comments below if you have any ideas for what you would like to see on A Small Wardrobe, free, or otherwise!

Last but not least, I am currently in the process of writing an ebook inspired by the content of this blog. When I say I’m in the process, I am literally writing the words, but really have no idea when or how I will publish it! Stay tuned for more information about this project.


Thank you, as always, for reading.

Happy New Year, and good luck! May all of our dreams come true in 2017!



  1. Do you intend to completely adopt a minimalist lifestyle, or pretty much wardrobe? I did a lot of research on minimizing a few years ago, fascinating and understandable. As a society I do believe we are too obsessed with possessions, labels and status. Great read!

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  2. Great blog! Can’t wait to read more. I can’t wait to get my wardrobe down even more! I got rid of soooo many items and shoes but still have a large closet full!

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  3. This is really cool, I’m not sure why you started this and maybe the answer is in your previous posts. It makes me think about how emotionally attached I am to my clothes and how letting go of clothes is emotional draining. Having a smaller wardrobe would help me focus that energy on more important aspects of my life. So much to think about! Thank you for this, I will definitely be following your journey!

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  4. Thank you for visiting my Blog. I am very pleased to find you. My daughter started doing this to her wardrobe right before Christmas. It’s always nice to find someone going through the same as you, and learning from their experience. Love!

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    1. I wouldn’t say there is a ‘best’ time for sales. They are built cyclically into the retail calendar and retail prices are created in anticipation of the eventual drop. Just keep an eye out on things you like, because inevitably the prices will go down. 🙂

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