Street style icon and Man Repeller wordsmith Leandra Medine might have a self-described "maximalist" approach to dressing, but she still sings the praises of a streamlined—and dare we say—minimalist closet.
“I purge my closet once a month because I don’t like having too much stuff,” she told InStyle after hosting the Fashion Institute of Technology's Future of Fashion runway show last month. “My goal is to be able to walk into my closet blindfolded and always pick out something I want to wear. It gets tiring to look at the same things when you know you'll never wear it again, but you don't really want to get rid of it,” she says. “Plus, my apartment isn't huge, so I have to be very specific about my space!”
While we always appreciate a good edit, sometimes parting ways with tried-and-true faves is easier said than done. So we wondered—is there anything in Medine's closet that she would absolutely never get rid of?
“I will always hold onto my navy blue satin sandals from Raf Simons’s first collection for Dior,” she says. "I knew when I got them that they would be an important piece of Dior's history. They're a fashion relic.”
Statement shoes aside, the 27-year-old blogger says great personal style is actually less about what is actually in your closet and more about how you wear what you've got. “Style is contingent on creativity, personality, and finding the confidence to let all of that out,” says Medine, who cites Chloë Sevigny, Solange Knowles, and Alexa Chung as fashion inspirations. “They all know who they are and you can tell by the way they dress.”