starting my minimalist wardrobe

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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?

 

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4 thoughts on “starting my minimalist wardrobe

  1. Properly downsizing to a working wardrobe really is quiet some work and takes a lot of time, I’m still on it. 😉
    But I’m very happy of the results. I actually have an overview over all my clothes and I feel like even though there’s less of everything, I started experimenting way more BECAUSE I know what I have and can therefore combine items better.
    Good luck with your journey. Step by step and slowly is definitely the best way!

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  2. My wardrobe is quite minimalist. The goal was that, between my boyfriend, daughter and I, we’d have no more than 3 laundry loads a week (not counting towels and bedding). We have attained that ideal now but I find I have to make 2 loads of dark a week only because I have too few of certain items. But I’ll stick with that for the moment because one of my goals this year will be to lose weight and keep it that way. Once I see how small I can be I’ll buy what’s missing from ethical fashion. Then I’ll replace things I already have with more ethical choices but only when what I have is no longer good. I’m through buying my clothes at big stores. And I’ll try and find my daughter’s clothes at secondhand stores too. We’ll see how this goes as I hate clothes shopping! 🙂

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