THE BRETON SHIRT
I'd like to think that I have a very minimal wardrobe.
It wasn't always that way though. Firstly, my mother always kept all her clothes so me and my sister wore ours basically until they just didn't fit anymore, we never threw out anything. Secondly, I had way more storage space when I lived at home with my parents.
When I moved to Budapest 4 years ago I had to reduce my wardrobe size due to our small but lovely apartment and I can't say I mind. It keeps me in check, kind of. I know how much stuff I can comfortably fit in there until it becomes crowded and I also tend to get overwhelmed when I have too much stuff.
For the above reasons things that I buy stay in my wardrobe for more than just one season. Now by this I don't mean that typical Scandinavian minimal wardrobe full of perfectly curated Acne, A.P.C. and Ganni pieces. I don't exactly have that much money to spend on clothes. I have a few Hungarian designer pieces because I worked for said Hungarian designers but I mostly buy from the high street and here and there I buy a few vintage pieces as well (like these perfectly fitting vintage white Levi's 501s that I bought on Monday for 8 Euros!). However I try to be conscious about it. I tend to go for quality and over the past few years I learned where to spend (within my budget) and where not to.
So this breton stripe shirt I'm wearing was my very first COS purchase. I bought it 3 years ago and I would say it is still in a newish condition. I take good care of it though, that's the most important thing when you have a minimal wardrobe. You have to learn how to look after your clothes no matter how much money you spent on them.
Now I'm not trying to say that everyone should have a minimal wardrobe or how much money you should or shouldn't spend on clothes that's completely up to your lifestyle and wallet. For me personally having a minimal wardrobe is the best option because I believe I'm slowly building a good base wardrobe that I can tweak here and there according to seasonal and lifestyle changes.