So, I didn’t accomplish anything too groundbreaking over the weekend with regard to “minimalizing” my closet, although I did come to a few conclusions that I can work with now:
If it’s not black, white or gray, I’m not keeping it.
I can now safely get rid of anything that is not black, white or gray in my closet. Unless it’s also James Perse or Inhabit (I just can’t get rid of any of those pieces). All the stripes are going – a couple of Splendid dresses and tops, an Ella Moss dress, Rachel Pally dress…
In being brutally honest with myself and taking the time to really reflect on what I wear and why, I know now that I never quite feel like “me” when I’m wearing anything other than my “home” colors – or my true north – as Susan recently spoke about. I’m making an exception for navy blue (my Black Crane pants) and my royal blue Acne dress, and I’ll always love olive green (military?) and other muted, neutral colors, but I DO NOT WEAR THEM very often. I like black, white & gray (and chambray sometimes – I really don’t wear the top I’m wearing today either, so I think it will go too). I don’t even like my jewelry or bags to be colorful. Shoes, I don’t mind; I love my orange patent Jil Sander sandals, but I don’t wear them very frequently.
If I have to wear Spanx with it, I don’t wear it
I did go through and make outfits, playing around in my closet over the weekend, and another conclusion I drew is that the items I have that I have to wear Spanx with, I don’t wear very often, or want to wear very often. I have to wear Spanx with almost EVERY skirt or dress I own. HAVE to is subjective, I guess, but I just can’t deal with my saddlebags/hips jutting out from a fitted skirt. I like smooth and sucked in. And they just look BETTER that way. I love my fitted James Perse skirts and dresses – I have so many – because they look SO GOOD on my body type, but for my daily life, I can’t just “throw” them on, so I don’t wear them.
This doesn’t mean that I’m getting rid of any of my beloved skirts and dresses, it just means I don’t need to add any more. I do wear them, but tend to save them for travel, or if I’m going to be around other people; not just running errands or hanging out on my own. Doesn’t seem worth it. <--see that? it's a problem, I know...must get over that idea that I can't "dress up" for myself.
I don’t wear sleeveless very often
Unless I’m going to be outside constantly, I need sleeves, preferably 3/4 length sleeves. Most of my daily life (sadly) consists of going from my house to the garage to the car and then walking a few feet into a store, restaurant, cafe, etc., so I’m not “exposed” to the elements that much. What I am exposed to is air conditioning. And because I am truly a lizard, and not a warm-blooded human being, I freeze if air is blowing on me. I also freeze if I’m out of the sun and the temperature is below 80 degrees. So, the fact is that more often than not, when I’m getting dressed for what I’m going to do that day I need to wear sleeves.
I like layering over tank tops or sleeveless dresses, but it’s not possible with every style. I own a couple of sleeveless dresses with tie-waists that really don’t work very well layered. I can do it, but I don’t like it. So why do I need three of them?
Ultimately, these “conclusions” are helping me decide what to get rid of, and also giving me ideas for what I need to ADD to my wardrobe. I don’t need much, obviously, but I do have a few holes I could fill. And I also know now what I need to avoid buying AT ALL COSTS: any color, anything sleeveless, and any more fitted skirts/dresses from James Perse.
Before I go on forever, I’ll end here and pick up with more thoughts later. I feel very confident that my “conclusions” will help me move forward with cleaning out my closet(s) faster, and with little regret.
This is what’s it’s all about; honing in on your style, narrowing it down to what you really wear, and letting go of everything else. Life too – make it about what’s really important, and what enriches it, instead of what weighs you down. I’m sooooo looking forward to my wardrobe NOT weighing me down anymore!!