See this dress my oldest is wearing?
This is her favorite dress. How do I know? Because even though she has something like, 15 other dresses, she insists on wearing this one, three or four days a week.
“Why do you wear that dress all the time?” I ask.
“Because it’s pretty and I like it,” she says.
What a great concept. Only wear clothes that are flattering (“it’s pretty”) and cherished (“and I like it”).
With this in mind I decided to transform the items in my closet into an efficient and almost-minimalist wardrobe. No more complaints “I have NOTHING to wear!” while staring up at 120 pieces of clothing. The Zero Waste idea here is having manageable apparel keeps me from buying new clothes I don’t like, don’t need or that don’t fit. Wasted money, wasted time and wasted material.
So what to do? There are many minimalist regimes out there: 10 pieces of clothing, 30 pieces of clothing, 33 pieces of clothing, capsule wardrobe, only black tee-shirts and jeans. While that last one sounds nice, what I wanted was a “i love it all and it looks good on me” wardrobe.
Caveats: I’m not exactly Audrey Hepburn. I would petition for the wearing of a national uniform akin to the toga if such a clipboard were presented to me in front of Whole Foods. Also, I’m done making babies and feeding them with my boobs. This helps IMMENSELY. I would like to say I’ve also reached my target pre-baby weight but that would be silly, and false, and I’m tired of waiting for that magic day so ….
Here’s what I did:
1. Occupied the kids. I gave the oldest some electronic entertainment and the youngest a trip to Napville.
3. Looked for patterns. With nothing but the clothes I adored on the bed, I looked at what kind of colors and styles I had been unconsciously buying all these years. In my case it was fitted, semi-casual clothes in the same, solid, three colors: white, navy blue and light pink. Maybe you like floral and billowy. Or rock-star tight and dark. It should become obvious once sprawled upon the matrimonial bed.
6. Put seasonal stuff away.
- Less time standing in front of the hangars, deciding what to wear.
- No mid-season discoveries,”Oh! I forgot I HAD this!”
- Fewer mall mistakes: great in the dressing room, WTHWIT? at home.
Since I know exactly what I have in my closet, and what styles I prefer, clothes shopping is now more calculated and less frequent.
Here’s the best part – I take really good care of my clothes now. I only have so many, so it behooves me to be careful of spaghetti sauce and laundering instructions. Next week seems like a good time to look at maintenance.