I received several comments and posts at this week’s Visible Monday that mentioned the size of our closets and wardrobes. It got me thinking about how we each feel about the number of clothes we own.
I have dear friends on both ends of the spectrum – minimalists and maximalists – and I don’t have any negative feelings about either extreme. Who am I to judge the amount of clothing you choose to own? Don’t judge yourself either, but be proud of the closet you’ve created. Buy/add only what you love. Wear it all and don’t wait for “special.”
When I was recently invited to observe a friend’s closet, I was overjoyed with all the lovely variety and color in her wardrobe. She probably has five times the number of pieces that I do, and good on her. She pays out of her own pocket, she stays within the family budget, and she gets great joy from playing with a large wardrobe.
Another friend has one of the smallest wardrobes I’ve ever seen. She doesn’t like to wear dresses and skirts, and has about five pair of slim-fit jeans. She wears them with a flow-y top everyday, and looks terrific. And she only has about six pairs of shoes – plenty, she says, for her lifestyle.
I truly enjoy having a medium size, edited closet. But I’m still adding to my wardrobe, albeit at a far slower rate than in my 30’s and 40’s. Here are my theories about how I accumulate:
- Thrifting. A blessing and a millstone. Like many fashion-lovers I enjoy the hunt, the hope of a score. But sometimes I come home with STUFF that now needs: cleaning, pressing, arranging and justifying.
- The mythology of “this one will be perfect.” For example, I have three pairs of great jeans. That’s enough for my lifestyle, by far. I have one skinny pair, one boyfriend, and one wide and cropped. So why am I tempted by what magazines call the “perfect pair of dark denims”.? At age 62, I think I would have found them by now.
What about you? I think all closet approaches are viable, including my own in-between version, if they give you joy.
Do you like to have a little or a lot?
There’s always room for a treat or treasure, no matter how small my closet: