Does size of wardrobe correlate with your minimalist vs. ALGO style?

I was reading Janet's style post about her style evolution and how she used to like a lot of embellishment on her pieces and used to have a large wardrobe but is paring down both in the size of her wardrobe and in her tastes--more refined, less embellishment. I have a large wardrobe now, and I like a lot of colors and patterns and sometimes my outfits have a lot going on with layers or pattern mixing. I like classic pieces but only if they have a secret whimsical detail or funky twist. MaryK is similarly ALGO in her style and closet size. On the other hand Angie tends toward the classic and minimal in her style, and has a very streamlined edited wardrobe. Sveta is another one who is an excellent wardrobe remixer, and tends to wear solid colors and more minimal silhouettes. Same with Claire. Lyn is the only one I can think of who has a smaller functional closet but still likes funky patterns. I think she still likes neutrals a lot though which makes it easier to remix clothes.

So, what do you think? Does size of your wardrobe tend to correlate with where you are in the minimalist-ALGO style spectrum? I'm not counting large wardrobes if you haven't purged the stuff you never wear. I've already done my wardrobe purge and I love and wear pretty much everything in it, but it's still large. I love remixing and I really envy those of you with small closets where anything you buy goes with 90% of what you own, but I don't think that's a realistic goal for me. I like distinctive vivid pieces but they don't all go with each other! And I think if I had a small wardrobe of only solid/neutral pieces I'd get bored! Also I think MaryK was right with what she said about my style/personality in my other thread: Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess! I think that must be the unofficial ALGO slogan! :)

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17 Comments

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    LIES. I don't like neutrals. :p But I use them to anchor my pretty prints! I am eyeballing a dress with a print of tiny little cars. There's also a BCBG dress I'd kill for with tiny keys.

    I have a small closet because I"m trying to focus on quality. It's hard to have a large closet and have good quality if you have a teeny tiny student budget. If I had unlimited funds though, I think my closet will still be teeny tiny.

    I am into accessories too, though :) so that helps! I don't think you should penalize yourself for having tons of things you love - that's amazing!

  • modgrl replied 7 years ago

    The size of my wardrobe is a function of my four season climate, high level job with many types of functions that require different levels of dress, and my MOTG and going out capsules in each season. I happily duplicate outfits that I love all season long but when the weather changes those clothes don't tend to work anymore.

  • anchie replied 7 years ago

    Actually I think there is some truth in this. If you have a small wardrobe of pieces that are difficult to mix, that have bold patterns, strong colors and lot of details, you will be constantly straggling to create new outfits. Or you will probably have to repeat the favorite outfits often. But this is coming from someone on the opposite side of the spectrum - so I may be completely wrong.

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    I am going to throw this out there - maybe for many the size of the wardrobe has to do with how much you tend to spend per piece. Take for instance, the WNTW $5,000 allottment. I was thinking, this is very likely a rough amount of the total clothing dollars hanging in the average lady's closet. I would guess I spend an average of $25 or $30 per item, taking into account $5 tee shirts and my $150 premium jeans. And I have between 150 - 200 items including all coats and shoes. Guess what that totals - yep, roughly $5,000.
    Just a thought that how many pieces is more closely tied to cost per item than what style you prefer.

  • jayne replied 7 years ago

    hmmm, I think the factor I would consider is boredom. How quickly does the person get bored with the same thing? I have paired my wardrobe down to 20 outfits for work which is 4 weeks. but I still border on the boredom factor if i "feel" like I just wore the same thing...so I need a larger wardrobe to combat this. I am inspired by those that are Team Wear which means they might buy and wear it immediately, but also like every other day for 3 months also. They can have a smaller wardrobe.

  • jenanded replied 7 years ago

    That's a cool thought Mo! Can I have a small weep of jealousy from Aust to my Nth American friends - I think clothes (and make up and shoes!) are soooo exxy here compared to the USA...My lipstick is 3 more than if I get it in the USA, I am not sure you could buy a tshirt for under 20-30$ here...So budgets have to work harder! So guess I am a minimilist. But in putting all my stuff into my app (thanks for the inspiration everyone!), I do have a LOT of accessories - will that count?

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    That makes a lot of sense. Budget, climate, profession and lifestyle all play a role too for sure!

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    I should add that I'm coming around to wanting to have my ratios more like avg. price $50 / 100 pieces :)
    To Rita's point - maybe if I quit moving from beach to snow to beach and back, I can better whittle down the seasonal items, too.

  • Meredith1953 replied 7 years ago

    I am definitely a minimalist! I have just started even dipping toes in with scarfs and patterns. I would be happy if I can love everything I own. I would like to have a couple of weeks worth of work outfits and maybe a weeks worth of casual wear with a couple of items I can wear for special dressing up (not something I do much of). Mostly I need to be more patient in buying and be picky. Like Angie says "Patient, Picky and Practical". At least that is how I remember it!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Interesting question, Natalie! I think in my case it does. I have a fairly minimalist style (though not extremely minimalist) and the size of my wardrobe if I could have my ideal wardrobe would probably be "fairly minimalist" too. By that I mean it would be a bit bigger than my still very pared down (because of budgetary constraints) present wardrobe but not a whole lot bigger. I would tend to buy better quality vs. more items.

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    I would say my style and my wardrobe size have an inverse relationship! I don't wear many accessories that are able to change up my looks. I just feel fussy and cluttered with too many things on. So I feel like I probably have more actual clothing pieces to keep me from getting too bored. Even as I dial in on my style more effectively, my wardrobe remains large because I end up buying multiple colors of everything. Simple style, complex closet. :)

  • Kristine replied 7 years ago

    I think that would be true for me. I have a fairly small wardrobe and prefer simple lines and neutrals with some color here and there. It's an interesting observation!

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    I'm with Rae and having a somewhat inverse relation! My style is somewhat minimal (of course some days I pile on more than others), but my closet is medium sized and I would like it to to be larger for sure; I also have a lot of accessories and a lot of shoes.

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    I have way too much clothing. I need to purge. I do wear it all, but obviously not as often as I would otherwise. Still need to purge.

    I don't know if I'm ALGO, tho I know I'm not minimalist.

  • anne replied 7 years ago

    I think there is correlation with me; relatively minimimalist in both style and wardrobe size.

  • velvetychocolate replied 7 years ago

    I have no idea what my style is ...

    And I haven't yet done the latest closet edit that very much needs doing. Thing is? I just returned from a trip out of town, and I can't tell you how freeing and wonderful it was to have just a limited number of clothing items to choose from. My closet feels cramped, overstuffed and not 'me'. Of course, when you pack for a trip, you tend to take your favourite clothing items.

    I'm thinking that this might be a good way of editing one's closet? As in, would you take the item on a trip with you? If not, then out it goes.

    Very good question you posted here ...thank you!!! I realize now that I am not really an ALGO type, and I don't like fussing or dealing with too many things in my closet.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    This is a great question! And when considering my closet and my style, I can definitely see a correlation! I used to be ALGO and I'm embarrassed to even say how many pieces of clothing, jewelry, shoes, scarfs and handbags that I collected. (I don't even really know, because its just too overwhelming to count.) But over this past year (since I started SYCing), I've also been tracking which items of clothing, accessories, etc. that I wear and I am amazed to see that I don't even wear half of what I own. Same with shoes and handbags. I don't know if its because I'm changing my look to a more minimalist style, or if I just haven't had the energy or motivation to wear variety. I just pull out what is the closest to the door and don't even bother to consider going a little deeper into the black hole of my closet! Ooooh - not good! I would like to pare down my wardrobe and become more minimalist - it just seems as though it would better work with my current lifestyle.

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