I am embracing a more simple wardrobe these days. One reason is we’re moving house within the next couple of months, and want to make the move as easy as possible. Another is (probably) a push-back to the accumulation I’ve done over the last couple of years, mostly in thrift and consignment stores.
Even after all the buying, I didn’t have an enormous wardrobe – it’s not possible in a 1925 cottage, with teeny closets! But I did start to feel that “more” was not more. I felt my discretion starting to slip. So I’ve been culling and donating a lot, and really concentrating on keeping clothes that I love, that make me feel great and Visible.
To that end, being a compulsive person at core, I’ve been reading and re-reading style books and blogs that offer advice on the “perfectly small wardrobe”. Among my readings, I found this, at Becoming Minimalist:
Embrace the idea of one. When one can be enough, embrace it – one black dress, one swimsuit, one winter coat, one black belt, one pair of black shoes, one pair of sneakers, one handbag.
And a similar idea at Midway Simplicity:
Don’t own more than you need to wear. This creates space for things that really give you pleasure.
These are novel ideas for me to contemplate. (It’s not a prescription for anyone else. I don’t have any judgment about having a large or HUGE wardrobe, if that’s what pleases you.) It’s influencing me to single out the most beloved pieces and the ones that truly reflect my taste. The Idea of One keeps me from duplicating the same items, and forces me to be more creative.
As an example, I was tempted to purchase this cute striped skirt from ASOS:
|So cute! But I’ve got two similar already. ASOS skirt|
It is a darling skirt. And I happen to have a striped knit skirt and a striped knee length skirt in similar colors, hanging in my closet. Lesson: I love striped skirts. Lesson #2: Maybe two striped skirts, accessorized and well-cared-for, are enough. That $35 could be better spent on some fabulous tights, a cool pendant or — wait for it — a fun evening at a cafe with my husband.
It makes sense to own duplicates of many wardrobe items, of course. One bra would be a laundry disaster. Ditto camis, undies, basic white tees, and hard-working jeans. Sally of Already Pretty wrote a great post about “Multiples That Make Sense“, and it’s well worth a read.
I am doing very well with one white button down shirt, one watch, one denim jacket and one denim skirt. Boots? Not going to happen.
Over to you: what do you think you’d be content owning just one of, wardrobe wise? Or is this whole concept just plain nutz?