Joy vs practicality: inside my post-Kondo wardrobe


Words Emma Vidgen // @emma_vee


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In episode two of the Mindful Fashion Experiment, I take a look at the most resilient items in my wardrobe. They’re the survivors. The pieces that have lived through multiple, crazed Kondo culls.

These are the most exhilarating, exciting and downright ridiculous clothes I own. A sass and bide multi-coloured skirt covered in feathers, an orange leopard print mini dress. If it’s bright, sequinned or covered in fringing, chances are it “sparks joy” for me.

That’s all well and good until you have a client meeting or a job interview. Even in the golden days of publishing when fresh flowers and mobile manicurists were part of the everyday office landscape (seriously), I’m not sure I would have worn any of these clothes.

I also give you a look at the clothes I’ve replaced many times over. Black, white and bland. Boring they may be, but truth be told they’re my everyday go-tos. The thing is, they just don’t spark joy. What’s the solution? Learn to love neutrals? Master the art of multi-coloured feathers at a business meeting? Over the next 12 months, I’ll be exploring that, and many more questions. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date!


Emma Vidgen