“More/less” is a great exercise when trying to sort out change in our lives. I use it quite a bit in marriage counseling: “To make this relationship better, I would like more of . . . and less of . . . ” It helps us see change as incremental as well as possible.
On a far less substantial (but not meaningless!) level, I like to apply this exercise to my wardrobe. Of course, I’ve had the fantasy of a complete change. The wind blows through my closet and removes everything except my three favorite things, and leaves a big fat check. I get to start from scratch!
Given the unlikelihood of the above, here’s my current more/less list, and I’d love to read about yours:
Less/Fewer (means: oh yes, I already have some of these!)
- Schmattes. You know, inexpensive pieces that look it. Stuff I should have left at the thrift store, because it really only applies to housework and jogging. And even for jogging, I can do better.
- Snoozers. My word for pieces that just have no design, passion, shape. A boxy tee shirt, shapeless jeans, I’m getting sleepy.
|Ok, it’s a classic but my style can do better. Source.|
- “Cheap” purses. Again, it’s not about price point because I have thrifted some awesome bags. But the department store purses that look mass-produced aren’t coming home with me anymore.
|You’re not wrong, little purse, you’re just wrong for me. Source.|
- Black skirts. Nothing wrong with these either. In fact, I just love them too much. Way too much. Look away!
- Crap fabric. Feels and looks insubstantial, and you know it will not withstand two washes before falling apart.
- Pieces that thrill me. The ones I cannot wait to wear, and want to wear all the time.
- Easy dresses. Not too fitted, not too fussy.
|Like this, the Karina Josie dress. Easy and fun.|
- Eye catching footwear. This season, some personality sandals with a little heel.
|Sam Edelman Trina sandals. You will be mine. Nordstroms.|
- Beautiful jewelry. Of any price, not necessarily the gasp-price. Something that makes me say ooooh, not “This matches.”
|Wendy Brandes’ exclusive design: Pomegranate necklace, $190|
- Unexpected pieces and color combos (See, e.g., the J. Crew lookbook). Metallic? Ruffles? Sequins? Chambray?
I keep these lists with me when I shop, and it keeps me from straying. Over to you – what are wanting more or less of in your closet?
All our thoughts are with the brave rescuers, the injured, and the families of the victims of yesterday’s tragic bombings in Boston.
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” – M.L. King