Adding Unique Items To A Minimal Wardrobe31.5.16
The principle of a minimal wardrobe is about focusing on form and function, dressing to feel good, and finding your own personal style....
The principle of a minimal wardrobe is about focusing on form and function, dressing to feel good, and finding your own personal style. A minimal wardrobe shouldn't ever be boring and with careful editing, it's an expression of ourselves, which makes adding unique items into our wardrobes essential to keep things interesting.
While the foundations of a minimal wardrobe tend to be built on neutral colour palettes, it's the flair of individualism found in contrasting items that really help it stand out from the crowd. Here are a few of my favourite ways to add unique items to a minimal wardrobe.
The Statement Handbag
Adding a pop of colour or unique design with a statement handbag can revolutionise an outfit and your minimal wardrobe. TINCT create beautiful handbags and wallets with original style in diverse colourways. The raw hides come from sources with high ethical farming standards and are manufactured in the UK using Italian vegetable tanned leather.
Each TINCT bag is made in the South coast of England with high quality British craftsmanship. The range of hardware free cross body bags are lightweight and ideal for everyday use, packing enough space in the 23cm x 22.5cm body for all your daily essentials with a useful small zipper interior pocket for a little extra room. The design of each piece is stunning with beautiful curves and shapes; the quality of the craftsmanship can be felt in the soft smoothness of the leather.
Available in five colourways, the brandy coloured body is my favourite. It's bold without being overbearing, a soft burnt red shade that works beautifully when paired with an all black outfit. The strap is a deep navy shade contrasting nicely with the panna loop and red loophole. A less brave an appealing alternative would be the Navy Cross Body Bag or for the more adventurous, the Lattuga Bag makes a real statement in anyone's wardrobe.
The Original Accessory
If you're looking to add a little something unique to your outfits without being too bold, CLUSE offer beautifully crafted, original timepieces that retain the simplistic aesthetic of a minimal minimal wardrobe but with an original twist. CLUSE pride themselves on manufacturing timepieces with special care and attention being invested into every detail. Their focus is on finding the beauty in simplicity, creating sophisticated minimalist watches to complement your personal style.
CLUSE describes their La Roche Black Marble Watch as "a tribute to one's uniqueness." Each dial in the La Roche range is made from genuine marble, the natural stone has unique veining patterns making each and every watch a truly original piece. The striking combination of black marble, leather, and matte gold hardware alongside the natural raw marble makes this watch an understated statement piece; adding a striking touch to any outfit while staying true to the minimal aesthetic. The 38mm dial and genuine leather strap sits comfortably against the wrist, and the pairing of metal, leather, and marble combines to make an original yet timeless accessory.
The CLUSE range is so versatile with their collection of interchangeable straps you can switch up the style of your watch with the easy easy click on/off system. The collection also includes more traditional timepieces, stainless steel mesh straps, and smaller 33m dials for delicate wrists.
The Vintage Choice
Shopping vintage and making secondhand purchases is an excellent way of stocking your minimal wardrobe with original pieces. Vintage clothing tends to be unique by nature and, if purchased from charity shops, low in cost so not only are you adding unique additions to your wardrobe, by supporting local businesses and recycling clothes you're being eco-friendly.
My favourite pieces to pick up secondhand are vintage scarves, shirts, and jackets although there is plenty of choice to be found in the racks of clothing and accessories. I have a velvet embroidered jacket that always receives the loveliest compliments when I wear it and the addition of a patterned scarf gives the final flourish to any outfit. If you're willing to be patient with vintage shopping you can find the perfect unique item to add to your wardrobe. Here are some tips on shopping secondhand.