Friday, August 28, 2015

Minimalist Wardrobe or Wardrobe simplified - Concepts

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If you go on Pinterest and search "minimalist wardrobe", you will get hundreds of results.  Now that I am no longer a slave to the clock (aka retired), my lifestyle is different, and my wardrobe needs have changed.  But, working or not, minimalism is a reality that many of us are beginning to embrace.  Less is more (I'm trying to learn)  Granted, I'm not ready to whittle down to the bare minimum in clothes, 2 pairs of shoes, and go live in a "tiny house", but I find all of those things inspiring.
I live in a relatively big house, stay active, and love to travel.  This means that I want to keep things as simple as possible.  This means that I need to get rid of A LOT of STUFF!  I've noticed that I have certain favorite things that I wear over and over again.  I also have a few things that I want to grab, but never seem to have in my closet.  Of course, it is summer, and clothing needs will be different in the winter.  We basically only have 2 seasons here: summer, and a fallish-winter.
So first, the things I wear all the time (this summer)

  1. capri jeans
  2. beige denim shorts
  3. *black hand-sewn cotton jersey skirt
  4. *black and white yoga skirt
  5. white knit short sleeved top
  6. chambray long sleeved shirt
  7. *orange 3/4 sleeve "Now" shirt
  8. *red linen dress
  9. *black rayon simple dress
  10. *floral linen simple dress
  11. *linen gauchos/coulottes
Then there are things I always seem to reach for, but either don't have, or don't have enough of:
  1. white sleeveless top
  2. black sleeveless top
  3. lightweight jacket
  4. another comfortable dress (my red linen one has about bit the dust.)
Of course in the winter, there will be more long sleeves, pants, and sweaters.  And, you're going to have "special" clothes, like special occassion, work-out, gardening/cleaning/painting clothes, etc

What I'm looking for is to build a CORE wardrobe.  Something so that I'll always have something ready to wear.  Of course it's fun to sew lots of colorful things and use prints, but those aren't the clothes I wear most often.  Also, this will make it much easier for packing for trips.

I'm formulating a sew-along, so keep watching!
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