I’ve been working with Sarah on her wardrobe.
A stay-at-home mom of two with part-time projects executed mostly at home, Sarah has only recently started evaluating her wardrobe. After about seven years of pregnancy, breastfeeding, babies, and staying home, she is ready to emerge into the world of the living. Which means no more loungewear outside of the house!
We started by talking about her goals for dressing. What are her daily activities? How often does she dress down, or dress up? How does she want to dress? Who does she want to be?
Then we threw out out everything that was stained, ripped, dated, ill-fitting, and pieces that no longer reflect who she is. That exercise left very few pieces left in her wardrobe. Very few: about eight items total.
And it turns out that she liked it that way. She preferred a simple, minimal wardrobe. So we talked about what pieces she should look for to build her most minimal wardrobe possible, and here’s what I suggested for her lifestyle.
Clearly, this won’t work for everyone—if you have a formal job, for example, I might add another pair of pants, a skirt, a dress, and a jacket. But I think it’s a good starting point for a basic closet.
Also keep in mind that I’m a bit of a clothes horse. These days many people are talking about the 10-piece wardrobe—which usually consists of black and more black—but I’d die with those limitations. I value color and trend, so my minimal wardrobe has to have a little more variety or I’d lose my mind.
That said, the number of outfit options on this wardrobe board are amazing! Short-sleeve tee over long-sleeve tee, dress over blouse—you have to be willing to think outside the ordinary to make a minimal wardrobe work.
Sarah and I have gone shopping several times and she’s on her way to minimalist bliss. I love it!
If you’ve been inspired by this blog post, I’d love to hear from you.