If my life looked anything like my Pinterest Boards, I would be the coolest freaking human alive. I would cook the most epic vegan meals and treats, go on the most kickass vacations, be able to bend into the most insane yoga poses, and put together the most incredible ensembles from my minimalist wardrobe.
As it turns out, I am half-assing everything on my Pinterest page. I do cook epic vegan meals… once every few months when I get super inspired or I’m trying to show off at a potluck. I get to go on kickass vacations, but my “I want to go to there” board depicts a level of organization and craftiness I may never incorporate into my travels. The yoga thing might not be too much of a stretch. I just started doing acroyoga with my awesome, new friend Mara. With her encouragement and a little core strength, I have accomplished some cool stuff. Plus, I’m about to start a regular yoga class every week. I’ll have to keep y’all updated about my progress and/or injury that prevents me from continuing (more likely).
The wardrobe thing is a constant struggle for me. I wish I could tell you I’m one of those girls who can throw on jeans and a sweater with a pair of boots and a cute necklace and call it a day. I am actually one of those girls who tries on everything in her closet before deciding on the first outfit. If you are not like this, I am positive that you know someone who is, so you get it. After a little weight loss, a lot of my clothing started fitting me nicer and, after a huge effort to increase the amount of “staples” in my wardrobe, it has become a little easier to like the first outfit I put on. In fact, I am happy to report that my trying-on-everything-before-settling-on-the-first-outfit ways are beginning to fade.
I think it has a lot to do with a recent burst in confidence. I am training for a half marathon (follow my progress on my Instagram), so I’m noticing some sexy new leg muscles. That, in combination with the acroyoga, has given me a whole truck load of confidence in my physical abilities and appearance. I am only washing my hair every few days (or whenever I remember to) and it’s making me feel kind of awesome. I’m dating a handsome fella who makes me laugh a lot. And I’m only a year and a half away from finishing a PhD. This is a time in my life that I will look back on and feel very proud of myself.
As happy as I am, I’m still surrounded by a lot of stuff.
Lately, I’ve been pinning a lot of cool “capsule wardrobes” and Project 333 wardrobes like…
- …this winter capsule wardrobe one from katberries.com
- …this description of a Project 333 wardrobe from theviviennefiles.com
- …this minimalist European packing list from lamourdeparis.com
- …this post about a fall capsule wardrobe with 20 pieces (and 30 outfits!) from greaterthanrubies.net
- …and this look inside someone’s minimalist closet on areturntosimplicity.com
*(Ladies, I hope you’re alright with these links to your websites… I loved your posts! If not, I’m happy to take them down.)
I’m really into the idea of getting rid of a large portion of my wardrobe so I have less choices and more room in my life for… anything other than taking 30 minutes to get dressed.
My current wardrobe contains an obscene (aka I was too lazy to count) amount of pretty much everything (re: too many bras, enough tshirts to fill a whole drawer after I already got rid of literally 40 tshirts, every scarf I have ever laid eyes on).
I have seen so many different numbers for “capsule wardrobes” or “minimalist wardrobes.” I gave this a lot of thought and I have decided to attempt my own minimalist wardrobe. I picked out my favorites and have decided to only wear those for the next month to see how I do. Pending any completely bizarre weather (and I have no doubt this will occur), my choices should serve me well for the next month.
I made one exception, and that is for workout gear. I do all different kinds of workouts (cycling, yoga, hiking, running, etc.) and I prefer to wear different items depending on the weather/my mood/etc. So, I will stick with a-drawer-full-of-workout-gear as my limit and perhaps eliminate some items later on in the minimalist journey. Full disclosure: I will cheat and wear some of my plain, black running spandex as pants every now and then.
Here’s what I picked for my wardrobe:
The photo above includes:
- 2 coats
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 zip-up sweatshirt
- 1 fleece
- 1 fleece vest
- 2 cardigans
- 1 trendy, purple jacket
- 1 little black dress, 1 long-sleeved dress
- 3 pairs of jeans
- 1 pair of cords
- 3 scarves, 1 pair of gloves, 1 hat (thanks, mom!)
- 2 cute-ish tshirts
- 5 flowy tops
- 4 cotton long sleeves
- 4 sweaters
- 3 undershirts
- 2 necklaces, 2 watch bands, 1 bracelet, 1 ring, 3 pairs of earrings
- 3 pairs of shoes
Can I do it? I sure hope so! It didn’t take me nearly as long as I thought it would to narrow down my closet to these 50 items, so maybe that is an indication that I was ready for this move to a more simple wardrobe. I’ll keep y’all updated and be sure to take awesome mirror selfies of some of the fun combinations that come out of all my fave pieces.
Are you working toward a minimalist wardrobe? Let me know how it’s going in the comments below.