I gave my lovely friend Louise a cookbook this week for her birthday. The cookbook was on one-pot dishes – the ultimate food simplicity. The introduction really caught my eye, as it recounted an experiment posed by the legendary Jack White (of White Stripes, Dead Weather and Raconteurs fame) who is renowned for his anti-technology, pared back approach to music.
Jack’s experiment was this: take two singer-songwriters. Put one in a state of the art studio with a full mixing desk, production team and no limit on time. Put the other in a room with a four track tape recorder and a guitar for two days. Who will produce the better song ? The singer-songwriter with the four track. Jack’s theory is that creativity requires constraints, and that the world is often better when pared back.
The same applies to stylish dressing. Too many clothes, too many choices and too much clutter often result in a sloppy undefined style and a lot of early morning stress. Let’s embrace Jack’s theory and pare it back, sartorially speaking.
How ? Here are three of my golden rules to achieving simplicity:
- wear a maximum of three colours at a time, to keep it simple and uncluttered
- question those items that go with nothing else in your wardrobe
- get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the past two years (excluding coats or evening wear)
Want to know more ? Book a consultation. You don’t expect me to give away all my secrets, do you ?