Would you be bored with a small-ish wardrobe? We women of style and taste, and a certain age, have been hearing for years that an edited closet/curated wardrobe/clothing capsule makes dressing easier. Agreed, yes, yeah, yawn.
Well, when life gets extra interesting (“interesting” in that sense of the faux-Chinese saying, “May you live in interesting times”), a simple closet feels like one less thing to get worked up about. We are pulled in lots of directions, and as my psychology professors used to remind us, there will be a steady stream of stressful events in everyone’s life. I know you get it.
Man should not try to avoid stress any more than he would shun food, love or exercise.
-Hans Selye, endocrinologist and the “Father” of the field of stress research.
I enjoy clothes. I love fashion and style. And I don’t want to get complicated about these things, much as I adore them. Over the last four years or so, since my retirement from paid work, I’ve been pruning the closet and adding just a few key things that truly are making life simpler. It works!
Every day last week, for example, I wore a black or navy graphic tee with a full black tulle skirt, or denim pencil skirt, tights and cool sneakers/sandals. I have several leather belts that pull the look together, and a simple denim jacket makes the perfect topper piece. I added a scarf a couple of times, mostly tied around my neck like a cowgirl. I always include a piece of vintage jewelry that means something to me. I feel stylish and current and stress-free, at least as far as my wardrobe goes.
When life enters a calmer phase, (ha! see the quote above) will I get bored with my small-ish closet? Maybe. But I think I will keep loving it, and just add a few new pieces per season, like those vaunted French dames. New-to-me shoes, scarves, socks, and other accessories are always welcome, to stave off tedium.
How’s your tolerance for wardrobe boredom? Do you require an infusion of new, or recycle from the back of the closet, or re-fashion with your DIY skills? Or do you simply toss on a different scarf, a new lipstick, and call it a day? No wrong answers, of course! We all have our ways.
Stay fabulous, and wear what you love, xo
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