Mastering the Art of Having Less

military coat

Ha! Got you fooled there, didn’t I?! What a ridiculous name for a title! Whoever said ‘less is more’ clearly hadn’t discovered the joys of handbags (in fact, it was probably a man, aka that strange species who often claim they can live with minimal material items *pffft*). Excess is the new ‘less’, don’t you know. Forget all this ‘simplicity’ rubbish, but rather ‘the more the merrier’: yes, I like that much better.

Mae West, ‘too much of a good thing can be wonderful’ 

William Blake, ‘the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom’ 

Oscar Wilde, ‘moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess’

If you’re completely dumbfounded and unhappy that this isn’t a post telling you how to ‘appreciate what’s already in your wardrobe’, then you may as well leave now. It won’t be for you.

Leather Trousers

Oh how we all laughed at David Schwimmer’s slapstick Friends performance, simply known around the world as: ‘Ross’s leather trousers’. Naively, we all watched on as he battled with the ‘paste’, blissfully unaware of our own leather trouser destinies. PVC, pleather, zipped, biker, cropped, black, red, brown, olive green. You name it, I have it.

The allure of the leather trouser lies in its ability to perform the same act as jeans, but with a rock ‘n’ roll spin (connotations of Dolly Parton aside). Unsuitable for church, yes, but be confident in their ability to get you through many other leather-trouser-appropriate occasions. Best worn dressed down, these Zara red ones provide the perfect update to simple jeans and trainers.

military coat

A Word on Wellbeing…

Alright, you know I’m not that shallow. It’s not just about the material… Happiness and laughter is always the best medicine. Catch happiness wherever you go, overdose on laughter, throw caution to the wind and just have a jolly good time as much as you can (because really, no one cares how many pairs of leather trousers are in your wardrobe)!

The Basics

I’ll let you into a little secret, sometimes less really is more – wait, don’t judge me before I’ve had chance explain! When it comes to fashion items, keep it minimal; we all know you won’t be wearing fishnet tights under jeans with a crop top in a few years time (and if you’re on board that trend now, I don’t think we’d be friends). Instead basics, basics, and more basics is exactly what you need! This includes:

  • killer coats for every occasion: an oversized (everyday), a military (smarter), a trench (weather-rescuer)
  • neutral ballet flats
  • plain knitwear – oh, the thought just fills me with excitement!
  • black, blue and grey jeans (in different cuts)
  • beige/grey (skin-tone dependent) oversized scarves
  • Breton tops


Don’t be a social-media bore, there’s nothing better than going through the 100 failed (thankfully) snapchats you tried to post after a night out. Also if you’ve got Instagram-anxiety, then make sure to put your fears at bay by keeping a stock of photos for when your feed needs a little boost. Go forth and embrace the modern age in abundance!

What I’m Wearing

Trousers | Zara

Jacket | Zara (similar here)

Sunglasses | Dior (similar here)


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