Post and video by Rain San Martin
Accessories have the amazing ability to define a wardrobe style. Without them my wardrobe would have a dark and romantic look, yet with them it is more clear that I am going for a Gothic Steampunk / Antique Gothic or Romantic Gothic style.
The core of my jewelry comes from Etsy. I especially love the hand assembled cameo’s, set in antique brass. I do have a brass pocket watch (affiliate link) from Amazon however. Thin scarves or lace trim are my go-to for sashes and belts. A Victorian Gothic corset or Medieval Waist cincher may be worn over my top or dress. Flowing black crochet or lace sweaters give instance warmth and mystique. A long velvet cloak is nice for a chilly evening out.
I keep my shoe selection at a minimum. About a half dozen pairs, that’s it! When you make your color scheme simple, and stick with a specific look, you will find that there is no need for dozens of shoes and hand bags. This is one of the reasons I love the “Gothic” look. Eighty percent of my wardrobe is black. Personally, I may pair the Raven Black with a rich autumn palate of Branch Brown, Burlap Taupe, Wine or a dash of Pumpkin Orange. I stick to the color scheme year-round!
Only keep the accessories you truly love and use! Donate or toss anything else. This is in keeping with a simple minimalist wardrobe. If you love frilly clothing, then that is what you should keep in your closet. There is no rule that states that being a minimalist means you must dress in plain fashion styles!