I have too many striped tees, I know I said the same about my handbags *yikes*, but so what.
As I’ve said before, a Minimalist Wardrobe is not about limiting yourself to x amount of items, rather it is about having only items in it that you love.
And I love ALL my stripes!
One of the key things to consider when building a Minimalist Wardrobe is to have a look at your go-to ‘uniforms’ and to make sure you have the foundations for those. One of my uniforms is denim + a striped tee + a pair of sandals or sneakers. I wear this combination a lot. I like it and it works for me. So, if I have a lot of striped tees in my wardrobe that’s all good because I know I wear them on high rotation, and I feel good in them. Sorry – it seems that I’m talking about myself incessantly here, but I’m trying to give you an example. Can you relate?
The thing with stripes is that they have a bad name. So many of my clients will try something on that is striped and then say, “oh…this looks great, but I thought I wasn’t supposed to wear stripes?”
In those stupid style ‘rulebooks’ that exist all over the Internet, stripes get bandied about as making a person look wider or bigger, when in reality they can actually do the opposite. I’m not talking rugby jersey stripes – obvs, I’m talking the narrow kind, these can actually create the illusion of a waist, even if you don’t have one, promise!
Whenever I do a personal shopping trip for a client, a striped tee is always on my list, even if it’s not on theirs. (Unless of course said client has an aversion to them). Stripes really are a wardrobe basic that I believe everyone should own.
So, next time you’re in the shops, keep an eye out for a stripey top and if you see one you like and it fits you well, buy it, you’ll wear it more than you think!
Here are some stripes from my wardrobe…