This weekend we were blessed to have sun, sun, and more sun! The three of us went on a few walks to the playground, got some dairy-free ice cream, and in the afternoon I cut Benoit’s hair for the first time. My husband says he looks like Jean Reno in the movie Les Visiteurs. I have to say I agree.
Back when I was pregnant with Benoit, I went through a major overhaul of my wardrobe. When I could no longer fit into basically anything I had, I realized that having less to choose from was actually kind of liberating. I would feel this way when I visited my parents in the States as well. One suitcase, and about 1/4 of my wardrobe. Picking out what to wear was just less complicated and less stressful. Since then, I’ve intentionally been downsizing my wardrobe. I never counted, but if I had to estimate I’d say I went from 125 items to around 40. This didn’t all happen in one fell swoop, but rather five rounds. And at each round, I would smile as I would give away one more thing that I just couldn’t have imagined giving away at the previous round.
Now at around 40 items, I would like to downsize even more. My goal is to have just the basics, but still be able to look semi-fashionable. I’m aiming at around 35-40. This means shoes, shirts, bottoms, bags-and all seasons. The problem with where I’m at right now is that, looking at my wardrobe, it doesn’t really “fit” together. I don’t have many items that can go with more than a couple different things, which isn’t ideal if I’m looking to mix and match as much as possible. I don’t have the monetary means to yet replace any of my items, so I am holding on to what I have and plan to slowly switch out items.
After sneaking a peak online at some other minimalist wardrobes, here’s what I hope to incorporate into mine*:
Skirts: 3 skirts / Currently at: 3
Dresses: 6 dresses / Currently at: 8
(Dress/”oxford”) Shirts: 2 shirts / Currently at: 0
Warm Sweaters/Knits: 6 / Currently at: 5 or 6…I say 6 to be safe.
Tops: 10 tops / Currently at: ummm, maybe 15
Jeans: 2 jeans / Currently at: 3
Pants: 3 pants / Currently at: 2
Shorts: 1 pair / Currently at: 1
Shoes: 6 pairs of shoes / Currently at: 4
Bags: 1 / Currently at: 1 (my market bag-I’m not a purse person)
*Not counting my workout clothes and one pair of tennis shoes
Plans for my future wardrobe are mainly inspired by A Small Wardrobe‘s blog-go check her out!
As I mentioned above, I am not 100% satisfied with my current choices in my wardrobe. I can’t really pair things together that well as there are so many prints and bold colors, so in the coming year I hope to slowly switch them out with more muted, neutral-colored items that I feel great in.
I could leave it at this, but I want to end on the note of why I am choosing to adopt a minimalist wardrobe. It’s a topic that can often be difficult to confront, because it might involve feeling uncomfortable at the prospect of personal change. But in my experience, whenever I feel this way, that usually means I’m opening my mind and growing into a better person-a good thing!
Having been a big shopper almost all of my life, I started to change my shopping habits when I found out how incredibly destructive the fast fashion industry is. To the planet and to the people who make these items. When I did some research, I realized I couldn’t support something like this. That my style wasn’t as important as someone else’s quality of life. As a Christian, I also believe that these practices would not be appeasing to God and they go against my morals.
From this experience I have also found that the notion of less is more is true. Around the time I stopped buying from major chains and chose only second hand or ethical producers, I stopped buying half of what I would before. I also stopped looking or paying attention to ads. The ads no longer concerned me because my mind was made up that I wasn’t going to buy from these stores anyways. When flipping through a fashion magazine (which I still sometimes read, by the way), I no longer felt disappointed that I didn’t have this or that, or felt any pressure that I needed something to fit in, or that I didn’t feel that I was good enough – all because I was making the conscious decision that I don’t want or need more things. I felt proud that I could see through their empty promises. With less material items and no longer focusing on what I might need from a magazine, I started to feel more complete than when I had had more.
Are you familiar with a minimalist wardrobe? Fast fashion? Have you thought about downsizing your own?