Or: how to be monogamous to your clothes.
Simplifying your life can be, well, complicated.
I was inspired by the fifty things challenge. I’m a suburban housefrau so it’s not as easy as I’d like, but I’m streamlining where I can. One of those areas is my wardrobe.
I spent a long, silly time trying to figure out what “defined” my style. In the end I realized it’s as easy as knowing yourself and your life.
Wear what you already wear. Chances are you’ve already defined yourself just by living.
I’m convinced that anyone can get by with three pairs of pants, four or five tops and some dress up stuff (for those rare but unavoidable fancy weddings or dinners). And something fun. This is not about deprivation, just simplicity. If you don’t think you can, check this out. If you’re creative and have the legs accessories, you can get by with only one dress. One.
Bottom line: choose your clothes. Love them as they are, and as they are to you. Until you can’t patch them, wiggle into them or hang them on you anymore.
After a hard look at my lifestyle (okay, I don’t need a ball gown) and some experimentation, this is what I came up with for myself:
- black cap sleeve turtleneck
- whitish shirt with long sleeves (since I look washed out in pure white)
- ruffly shirt (in a bright happy but neutral color)
- cardigan or twinset
- A line skirt
- light sporty fast drying pants (ever been to the zoo in DC in August or been caught in a desert thunderstorm?)
- wide leg trousers (I’ve worn these everywhere from the beach to fancypants interviews)
- black dress
- trench coat
- tissue thin long sleeve tee for layering
- short sleeve tee
- random fun thing
Other things I need but keep to a minimum: Accessories like jewelry, sunglasses, scarves, hats, and gloves. Unmentionables are essential foundation. I don’t sleep naked so I need PJs/workout clothes (I double-task these). Swimwear. Six pair of shoes.
The flipside of my love for my clothes is my fear that they will die and I’ll never find another pair of jeans like them. Care is important. Care and maybe buying two pair if they’re on sale.
More musing on the subject is over here.