3 Q U E S T I O N S

Ever since I was young and discovered the power of my own full-time wage,  I was buying everything and anything. Weekends consisted of buying new things I didn’t need to fit in my already overflowing wardrobe. Supre fluoro slogan tee? yes please! Two for $20 deals? Sign me up!

But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realised that it’s better to create a quality staple wardrobe. See my post about my staple wardrobe here. So to help me create and keep my perfect wardrobe, I ask myself 3 questions with every item I consider buying:



1. What is it made of?
Fibres such as cotton, silk and linen breath better
2. What can I wear it with?
Will it go with my fave jeans, skirt, pants? Can I wear it under my leather jacket?
3. Do I already have something similar to it?
Do I need a 5th white tee?

These questions (along with the cost per wear equation**) helped me to create a wardrobe that I love!

**4. Does the cost per wear balance out?
This is only a question for big purchases (such as my Gucci’s) If I am paying $$$$ for it will I wear it enough to make each wear cost less and less?
E.g: $100 silk shirt worn only twice means that you haven’t gotten a positive cost per a wear. This means you should re-evaluate the things you need in your wardrobe**

I also edited out the colours I never wore. Black, white and grey became my most worn colours, I felt comfortable in them and creating outfits is much easier as everything matches!

To keep my wardrobe from over filling, I clean it out every few months or so. To do this I turn all my hangers the opposite way and then when I place an item back after wearing it, I turn the hanger the right way. After my designated time period, whatever hangers are left facing the wrong way are the ones I re-evaluate and decide if they are to stay or go

You don’t need to spend big on every single item to create a quality wardrobe, some of my most worn pieces have been purchased from the markets, op shops, garage sales or on sale. You just need to take into consideration the above 3 questions and shop smarter.

Tips to create a quality “you” wardrobe:

+ Create a mood board on Pinterest or a physical one if you like. Pin images of anything that inspires you (it doesn’t have to be clothing)
+ Cull your wardrobe. Take out things you don’t wear, donate them or organise a market stall. Be brutal, you aren’t going to wear that mini skirt from 4 years ago.
+ Identify the staple items you need in your wardrobe. (see my post here and I found this one helpful)
+ Make a shopping list for yourself. Try to include quality basics, and items you will wear often. Stick to a basic colour palette. I find this one here is useful.

Creating a quality staple wardrobe will take time and experience. It doesn’t mean you can’t wear the latest trend. Just be more careful with it. Ask yourself if really suits you? Can you borrow it from a friend for an event? Maybe buy a similar item from the op shop/market?

By creating a quality staple wardrobe really helps you to define your style, save money and most importantly – get dressed faster!

 Let me know in the comments below if you have started or are interested in a Minimalist lifestyle!

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J A N U A R Y

As January comes to a close I feel that I should do a little wrap of my month. I hope you all enjoy reading and if you do, please leave me a comment I appreciate the <3.

In January I find that everyone is still settling into the year and enjoying the sunshine. For me, I enjoyed the days off where I concentrated on my blog as I have come to realise that this blog is something that I really want to strengthen this year. Ideally, I would love to work part time and dedicate more time to creating content and focusing on the stylist course that I will begin in February.

I also focused on cleaning up the clutter inside my house. I gave my wardrobe a cull (post to come), decluttered the lounge room and shall hopefully have a market stall in February to get rid of it all! Jenny Mustard and Rachel Aust are two YouTubers that I am really loving. They both focus on Minimalism and give great tips if you are looking to start a minimal lifestyle. Another great document is Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things.

I also started to record my clothing purchases. I’m doing this to stop over-spending and help myself to create a better wardrobe full of pieces that I will actually wear more than once. To make sure that I keep the wardrobe clear, I rotate the hangers to face away from me and then once I’ve worn the item I put it back in with the hanger facing the right way. this means that I can see at a glance what items I haven’t worn much.

As for my New Year Goals (post here), I’ve kept up to date with most of them:

* Post more content/more often – I have backlogged a fair bit of content to post up soon and have a heap of new ideas for content this year. So excited to share them with you all!

* Shop smarter – This year I have cleaned out my wardrobe and purchased items in better fabrics such as silks and linens. I have also had to purchase clothing for work (but I have kept to my wardrobe standards!)

*Eat healthier/Exercise more – I am still working on creating an exercise schedule for myself. I have found that my work schedule doesn’t leave me with much time to exercise, I am either starting work at 6.45 am and finishing at 4 pm or starting at 11 am and finishing at 8 pm! With my morning shifts, I am so tired that exercise is the last thing on my mind. But I am working on creating the time to be healthier.

*Network more/Make opportunities happen – I do have some exciting opportunities for networking coming up, Keep an eye on my Instagram for them!

*Be more productive – I have stopped the endless scrolling! yay!

*No retail job for Christmas 2017 – I have been searching for open positions but nothing has been a success so far. But I am really enjoying my current job.

Overall, I’ve made a lot of positive changes for the month of January. Hopefully, February will bring a whole lot more!

 

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W A R D R O B E

For the past 2 years I have been focusing on re-organising my style and creating a quality wardrobe full of pieces that I enjoy wearing and will wear often. In 2015/2016 I gained some pieces that will remain staples in my wardrobe (Leather Jacket, Gucci slides, Silk Dresses).

These staples can be worn over and over again, reworked with other items and still look good.

My wardrobe essentials include:

* Leather jacket
*Black Cardigan
*Skinny Black Jeans
*Shorts
*Black Pants
*Black, White and Grey Tee
*Black Skirt
*Black and White Shirt
*Quality Boots
*Quality Heels
*Casual Dress/Formal Dress
*Flat shoes such as slides/sneakers
*Accessories such as belts and hats

Building a staple wardrobe for yourself all depends on your personal style. I prefer blacks, whites and grey as a basis for my wardrobe, although I do like to add a touch of seasonal colours such as blush and fatigue.

As you can see from the top image, my wardrobe is getting a bit full. So in the coming weeks I shall be getting all “Konmari” on it!

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S L E E V E

So it may be the middle of summer right now, but I’m missing my skinny jeans and long sleeve tops!

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H&M Blouse | Lee Skinny Jean | Jeffrey Campbell Mule | Nakedvice Bag and Belt

Reannon Smith Photography 

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R E S O L U T I O N S

Resolutions.
Resolutions can be seen as a “dirty word”, associated with failed and broken promises to one’s self. So this year I’ve decided to set some goals for myself and not be disappointed in myself if I don’t accomplish them with a set time limit. After all, we should celebrate every moment in our lives, whether it be a huge achievement such as completing a uni course or getting that dream job or a small success such as keeping a plant alive for more than a week or not eating so much chocolate!

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* Post more content/more often – Keep an eye on my Insta and my Blog, I’ve got lots planned for 2017

* Shop smarter – Stop buying into every trend I like, make sure it fits correctly, buy more quality fabrics/styles, buy second hand, investment pieces, DONT SUCCUMB TO SALES!

*Eat healthier/Exercise more – I’m pretty sure this one gets broken year after year, but now I have declared it – it’s time to follow through

*Network more/Make opportunities happen – I’m known to be quite shy, but this year I’m determined to create bigger and better opportunities for myself

*Be more productive – The endless scrolling on Facebook when I could be catching up on my magazines, cleaning or preparing blog posts, set a time limit and then get back to my tasks

*No retail job for Christmas 2017 – As much as I love my current job, My goal for a long time has been to land a fashion marketing/trend forecasting/social media/content creation/administration type position – 2017 has to be the year

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I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas and New Year, celebrating with family and friends

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MRP Men’s Tee | eBay Pleated Pants | Nakedvice neck scarf, bag and belt | Jeffrey Campbell Mules | Rayban Sunglasses

Photos by Reannon Smith 

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N Y E – 2 0 1 7

I have some pretty big things planned for 2017, so I am excited for it to arrive!

In terms of education, I have finally stared a path to chase a dream that I had for 2 years – to complete a stylist course. I signed up to begin an Australian Style Institute course in Feb. This is a pretty big step for me as I can sometimes lack confidence in myself and what I can create, but this blog has given me confidence to pursue that dream.

Ironic Minimalist will feature some changes as the year progresses. I have an amazing lady taking stunning photos of me and I hope to strengthen that bond in 2017 (Reannon Smith, keep an eye on this lady!)

2016 has been great – it gave me new opportunities and the confidence to push myself!

I am also thankful to each and every one of my readers, friends and the people who have helped me along the path of 2016 <3

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H&M Dress | Landes Store Tee | Nakedvice Belt + Silk Scarf | Jeffrey Campbell Shoes 

Photos | Reannon Smith 

 

 

 

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S H I R T

A shirt and shorts outfit is still a favourite combination of mine. Casual, but cool.

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MRP Men’s Shirt | Landes Warehouse Shorts | Nakedvice Bag + Silk Scarf | Jeffrey Campbell Mules | Ray Ban Sunglasses

Photos | Reannon Smith 

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Christmas Wishlist

In my ideal world, these 3 outfits would be the only ones I needed for the rest of 2016.

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THE EVERYDAY EDIT

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SHIRT | JEANS | SHOES | BELT | CLUTCH

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THE BEACH EDIT

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SWIM | HAT | SUNGLASSES | SHOES

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THE NYE EDIT

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DRESS | EARRINGS | BAG | SHOES

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P O S E

This dress is a perfect LBD for me, (and it was actually an H&M sale item!). Its long sleeves and deep v work together to create a sexy, yet low key vibe. Safe to say it’s now a wardrobe staple!  As usual, I’ve paired it with my leather jacket, a choker necklace (actually a ribbon) and Ray-Bans to toughen it up. Black suede mules and my Nakedvice Olivia bag add a touch of difference to the outfit. And a lace bralette peeks out to add texture.

I’ve also noticed that I rarely wear my jacket as an actual jacket, I just sling it over my shoulders! #Fashun

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Have you ever had a sale bargain that turned into a wardrobe staple?

H&M Dress | Topshop Leather Jacket | Nakedvice Olivia Bag | Charles & Keith Mules | MRP Hoop Earrings | Kat the Label Bralette

Photos by Reannon Smith 

 

 

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HOMA the label x Ironic Minimalist

Anyone who knows me knows that I love marble! It’s the background wallpaper on my phone, my laptop and iPad, so when HOMA the label contacted me asking if I would like one of their beautiful marble creations, I jumped at the chance!

HOMA the label is a small, Melbourne based business run by Cassandra and her team. They create beautiful marble inspired accessories, which are unique in their patterned design, so each one is as individual as you! Their current design, the mrbl necklace, features a lovely marble tube on a delicate silver chain. These beautiful creations are the perfect gift for friends and family.

In fact, HOMA has been lovely enough to let me share this little discount code with you all! Just enter IRONICMINIMALIST15 in the checkout to score 15% off one of these unique marble creations.

You can also follow Homa on insta and facebook to get your marble fix

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All photos taken and edited by me

*necklace gifted by HOMA the label*

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