I go through periods, more frequently now, where I want to have fewer clothes, and a more “refined” closet. I have learned what I love, and I don’t love retail 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 shoes, 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 I get to put a price tag on them, then watch them go out the door to someone who does seem to love them. Now that’s fun.
It’s also fun to save money by not buying tat, as Vix 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 the thrifts, consignments and eBay – and retail too. One positive thing about being 60 is I don’t have to count pennies so much anymore and I give myself permission to own a few new things on occasion. So maybe I’m not saving money so much as channeling it more wisely.
Several fabulous websites help 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. Perhaps you’ll enjoy an article or two from them, and I would love to hear from you if you have your own favorite sources.
Grechen’s Closet. Grechen is a real, relatable 40-something woman, who writes about her search for simplicity and authenticity. She wears lovely minimalistic clothing, reviews popular brands, and is invested in sustainable shopping. She’s approachable and authentic, and I love seeing what she’s wearing. No preaching, just sharing. Here’s a wonderful “starter post” from Grechen: Just Do Better.
Garance Dore is French, of course, bien sur, and how could I get through this post without a French woman or two?! Garance writes about many lifestyle topics, is a gifted photographer, and is always fresh and delightful. But this one older post really got 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 Queen of my minimalism sites. Anuschka writes simply and gives wonderful do-able advice if you are looking to downsize 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.
Le Nife en l’Air is no longer publishing, but her posts are still available. Florie gave me a lot of inspiration when I began thinking about downsizing. 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.
I know this approach isn’t for everyone – and I adore a full, colorful and ever-changing closet too, if that sparks your joy. The world is hard, let’s not make fashion and style hard, too. Buy, and build and create what you love, and stay fabulous, xo
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