Yes, A Minimalist Wardrobe can have Colour
I feel like one of the biggest misconceptions about minimalist wardrobe (one that I myself have even I wondered about) is that they can’t be colourful. The stereotype of the ‘minimalist wardrobe’ is the wardrobe full of neutrals. Black, white, grey, maybe creme. But I’m here to tell you there’s there’s no one way to approach it. If you love a print or a pop of colour these items can have a place in your wardrobe too. The key thing is finding pieces that, in the words of Marie Kondo, ‘spark joy’ (who else has binged watched the netflix series *hands up* haha).
When I saw this bright pink linen at The Fabric Store I was really drawn to it’s bright pop of colour. I’ve always had a love for bright pink. As a little girl I went through a phase of wanting everything to be pink haha. My 21st dress I made out of a bright pink fabric so sewing and bright pink also has a history with me. So this linen came home with me to make a twinning pair of pants for both Ellen and I. Bright pink was officially back in my life haha.
I think part of the reason bright pops of colour and print aren’t as commonly seen in the minimalist/capsule wardrobe scene is that is that there is the aesthetic of monochrome that is popular. But minimalism in the practical lifestyle sense doesn’t restrict colours. You can have any prints or colours that you know you will wear lots!
Though I love white black and grey I have always loved a pop of print or colour so the realisation that these too had a place in my minimal wardrobe was great. Though outfit repeating with something so bold makes it a little more obvious I think it’s good to have some fun pieces in your wardrobe. If like me you love fashion, having something a little more exciting to mix in with the monochrome staples makes getting dressed in the morning a little more fun again.
For the bag and the pants in this post I have made videos about the process that went into making them, yes I made them myself!