• Amy Michele

My Minimalism: Shoes and Scarves

If the thought of culling your wardrobe did not make you uncomfortable, I am sure more of you may not want to think about your shoes. For those of you who just don't get the shoe fascination, I can sum it up like this: weight may change over time even day to day, but shoe size rarely does. In other words, I can invest more in a high quality pair of shoes and know that even on my fat days, they will still look fabulous - even though my feet may hurt at the end of the day. So I concede accessories are one of my big weaknesses. Having admitted that, I am pleased to say I have cut down my shoe obsession to those pictured here.

Time for another confession: while this number of shoes is greatly reduced from my collection in previous years, due to my current work, I spend most of my time barefoot. So in theory I probably don't need 5 pairs of heels, but they all bring me joy and add value to my life, so they stay! And, living in southwest Florida, I clearly have limited opportunities to wear the boots, but they too bring me great joy and were very good quality boots, purchased from a consignment store, virtually new, for a fraction of their original price. They were worn with great pleasure on crisp days this past winter and will continue to do so in the future.

One obvious conclusion that I hope can be drawn is in alignment with my wardrobe selections. Other than my colorful running shoes, all the shoes are neutrals that are very versatile and can be worn with many outfits. My scarves on the other hand are where I bring in fun pops of color. They were each selected to go with several outfits, so they are versatile, but add the option for great variety. My choices here vary from a couple of investment pieces, to some that were relatively inexpensive. Accessories that are trendy in color or style are places where you can skimp on quality, but for classic pieces (shoes, scarves or any other accessories) I recommend buying fewer pieces, but purchasing they best quality you can afford. They will last and be additions to your wardrobe for years to come.

#fashion #decluttering #minimalism



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