Downsizing your closet? I go through periods, more frequently in pandemic days, where I want to have fewer clothes, and a more “refined” closet. I have learned what I love, and I don’t love shopping as much as I once did. I am more attracted by quality clothing and the thrill of the hunt. The newest trends don’t interest me so much. I love changing around the pieces I do have and filling in wardrobe “holes” with just the right sneakers, scarf, tank, or topper.
I’m not interested in a certain wardrobe number, like a 34/37-item wardrobe, or, heavens forbid a six-item wardrobe, but I have learned a lot from those articles about choosing what sparks joy. I really, really love donating my just-okay pieces to Molly Mutt, where someone else seems to love them. Now that’s fun.
It’s also fun to save money by not buying tat, as the Brits would call it – cheaply made stuff or “fast fashion” that doesn’t last through two launderings. I know my favorite brands, vintage and modern, and look for them at Etsy, Poshmark, and eBay. One positive thing about being 65 is I don’t have to count pennies so much anymore and I give myself permission to own a few really nice things on occasion. So maybe I’m not saving money so much as channeling it more wisely.
A number of websites have helped me along in my wardrobe refinement journey. They each have something to offer and each speak from the author’s heart, not from a corporate point of view.
Garance Dore is French, bien sur, and how could I get through this post without a French woman? Her regular style “edits” get me thinking about how much (how little?) clothing I actually need to feel terrific. Yes, more than a handful of pieces, but not hundreds. Just my favorites and a little bit of frosting on top. 😊
Into Mind is the OG of my minimalism sites. Anuschka has closed her blog but the archives are available, as are her books. She gives wonderful do-able advice if you’re downsizing your wardrobe. She is knowledgeable about shapes, textures, and colors, and doesn’t dwell on numbers. A great place to start your paring-down journey, if you’re so inclined.
Dream On is another inactive blog, but her posts are still available. Florie inspired me when I began thinking about downsizing many years ago. Her simple living essays cover far more than clothing, but she’s a pleasure to read, and re-read. Here’s a practical and relaxing post: Simple Life – Shopping.
Have you been downsizing during these stay-at-home days?
Stay safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: