As I pruned my wardrobe down to the clothes I wore most often and then reflected on why I wore some things more than others, I realized I had gotten rid of almost all my clothes with patterns. Patterns are exciting when first purchased but after a few wears, I tend to get sick of looking at them. And because they stand out in people’s memory, I feel that I can’t wear the same patterned clothing over and over again.
Once I realized this, I shopped much less at retailers like Anthropologie, and I think this is the current trend as millennials get more and more consumer fatigued. (btw, no surprise stores like Anthro aren’t doing so well.) Plain and minimal patterns like stripes, on the other hand, are versatile and timeless. To keep it interesting, I’ve been putting more focus on quality fabrics and interesting cuts. The results: I’m less infatuated by loud patterns now, I’m adding items much more slowly than before, and have fewer regrets. Although I still make mistakes sometimes, it’s not nearly as bad as when I was in my 20s.
[outfit: black crane wide slit culottes, kork ease myrna sandals, apc half moon bag]