A Minimalist With Colour and Pattern

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

I was getting bored with my wardrobe – proof that I am human after all. Two years of white, grey and black was slowly driving me to madness.

There is a secret bohemian inside me, and she has always had a craving for pattern. I, however, had never felt satisfied with the options.

Late last year I spoke about wanting ‘statement’ pieces in my wardrobe. As I neared the end of my shopping budget earlier this year, I sensed I had failed.

‘Next year’, I told myself, ‘next year’.

Then one day late in June, while enjoying a casual afternoon out, I accidentally found a thing of colour and pattern.

It was a green patterned wrap dress made by some local, at a local market. The dress spoke to me. I was ready. I took the plunge.

That same afternoon, I logged into eBay for some legitimate unrelated purpose. I accidentally stumbled upon a used Lacausa dress that I had been intrigued by, but could not afford at the full price. I could definitely afford it at the second hand price.

Both these dresses work in my monotone wardrobe because they are composed of relatively muted hues. Both have a limited palette which means they don’t draw a huge amount of attention to themselves.


Were these purchases a victory or a mistake? Only time can tell. All I know for a fact is that I was anxious about bringing such wild creatures into my life, and the next day I began a six month shopping fast.


Here are some of the ways I’m wearing these dresses over winter.


I wanted to use this opportunity to mention that I listed some of the jewelry from my recent decluttering video on eBay. Click here to check out the selection. It includes the necklace in the photo below. I know some of you loved this piece. I made it myself from metres and metres of sterling silver chain, which explains the cost. Unfortunately, I barely wear it, as it ultimately does not feel like my style.    


I am currently doing the 10 x 10 wardrobe challenge, and you can check out my progress on my Instagram account. Follow my Facebook account for minimalist resources and updates. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for new minimalist themed videos every week. I also recently started a Patreon account where for a small donation you can view additional content.

I hope you are doing well today. ❤



  1. I am working on eliminating pieces I don’t need. I set a rule for myself that I won’t buy any new clothes for this year. And in future if I buy any clothes, it needs to be multiple purpose. I think the pattern you choose are great! Not something seasonal or too trendy so you can wear them for long time.

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  2. Hi there, fair play to you for going with your instinct and trying something different! I think the two dresses are beautiful but like Natalie’s Alchemy, the first dress is my favourite and looks just beautiful on you. I hope you get a lot of wear and joy out of both, Lxx

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  3. Because you can do more than one thing with the wrap dress, I think it will be a good addition. The second dress feels like you IMHO. If you have a simple long sleeved tee, it would be easy to layer under both pieces and use as part of your existing wardrobe.

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  4. I love your new additions! They seamlessly work with your other clothes.
    Does that make your count 32 pieces of clothing?
    Any change with shoes or bags?


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