Cleaning out my closet is boring, but it’s going better than expected. I purge regularly, so the task is only overwhelming when it comes to keeping items that fit (but I don’t love) and donating items that don’t fit (but I really love). This is the albatross of the emotional eater.
This time around, I’m trying to be conscientious about my wardrobe thanks to the documentary that can’t be unseen and that back injury from the end of the school term last year. My back is much better now, but working at the school taught me that a good bra is everything and heels and tight waistbands are not. Clothing that allows me to stretch and move is key in my line of volunteerism.
Environmentally responsible clothing is expensive, which is one of the reasons I’ve been researching capsule wardrobes and minimalism. I know, I know: “capsule wardrobe” sounds like such a twee and trendy blogger thing, but when you brush away the style boards and affiliate links the idea is a sound one. I love the idea of a uniform that I vary slightly. It makes getting dressed easy and simple, and I’m all about easy-going simplicity.
I still have a way to go on my closet, but in the meantime I’m researching what a minimalist wardrobe is and how one goes about building one. Maybe it’s for me, maybe it isn’t. I’m still contemplating.
Here are some sites I’ve found helpful. I’m not including blogs like UnFancy which, while inspirational and aspirational, are more about the outfit than the concept.
Susie Faux invented the term “capsule wardrobe” in the 70s, and since then her focus has been on empowering women through fashion. I like her classic, effortless style. She doesn’t date herself with trends and encourages investment pieces. At first glance, her blog is geared more towards female executives, but I can easily adapt her advice to suit my lifestyle.
Courtney Carver brought minimalist wardrobes to the forefront with her Project 333: 33 items of clothing, worn for 3 months. I’m not 100% sold on the idea of a rotating, seasonal wardrobe. I live in southern California, which means my wardrobe is year-round for the most part. She describes the process in great detail and unlike Susie Faux, her site is fairly easy to navigate and doesn’t require a magnifying glass to read. (Says the extremely farsighted one.)
Anuschka Rees is a 20-something PhD candidate in psychology from Berlin who is passionate about minimalism. Her goal is to help readers define a personal style that fits their lifestyle and aesthetic ideals. She has a workbook to help facilitate this (which I don’t need) but I love how she clearly defines a minimalist wardrobe. My mind is also blown away by this 30-Day Minimalism Challenge. It looks like something I may have to do sooner rather than later.