50 Piece Wardrobe

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).

This was a big accomplishment for me. This pose is called a "bird" and I definitely felt as light and as free as one.
This was a big accomplishment for me. This pose is called a “bird” and I definitely felt as light and as free as one.
This one is called the "throne." I am the queen of those polka dot spandex pants.
This one is called the “throne.” I am the queen of those polka dot spandex pants.

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…

*(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:

Images of sustainableinthesouth's 50 piece 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.

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12 thoughts on “50 Piece Wardrobe

  1. Im on this, too. I donated more clothes the other day when i decided they werent worth the effort to sell. Still need to tackle a few items (sweaters) and thrift or purchase some staples like a white tee. Slowly but surely getting closer…

    Great post!

    1. Oh, the white tee. If you ever find a good one, please share a link to where I can find one too. Good luck with your efforts to reduce. It’s so amazing that when we take things away from our lives, we gain so much! I’ll end the cheesy reply and thank you (so much!) for reading and leaving a comment!

  2. You’re awesome and inspiring, and here’s another post to prove it! It’s still pretty astounding how many shared efforts you and Dana have. Good luck with the one month challenge! You can totally do it.

  3. Clearly you do not take after your mother. I am amazed at your persistence to improve your life. Since we moved and that was three years ago, I have no idea where anything is. As I look into my color coordinated closet it is chock full of every kind of black slacks you can think of, tons of jeans from bell bottoms ( I think maybe those can go) to skinny jeans, assorted blouses, dress and work clothes and a bevy of belts, bags, boots and shoes.I am going to follow your lead and try to de-clutter. Thanks for the encouragement to go through and donate whatever I can.
    You are too adorable for words and an encouragement to women everywhere.
    Love,
    Mom

    1. As always, thanks for reading Mom! I am pretty excited about my 50-piece wardrobe. I even moved all my clothing I wear to one closet (the smaller one!) so I don’t even have to go into my big closet unless I’m picking out camping gear. One day I won’t even need two closets for clothes and I can put everything in one to save the other for crafting 😉

  4. THIS IS AWESOME. I love the things you picked, and I think I’m trending the same way…lots of neutral colors that go with everything, favorite accessories, and good quality stuff. I want to try this too! I’ll keep you updated if I get anything up on my blog. Good luck…and remember that you’re beautiful/inspiring/fabulous!

    1. Thanks, love! I am excited to see if you do it as well. Honestly, it took longer to take the photos than it did to choose the items. It’s not a lot of pressure because it’s just a month and I am pretty clear on what items I wear often versus the items I take out once a season. Post a link to your own blog post if you decide to do it too 🙂

  5. Ok I’ve GOT to try acroyoga – it looks so fun & reenergizing! I’m impressed by your determination to simplify your life and am thinking my closet would be a great place to start. Thanks for sharing, miss you! Hope Athens is treating you well! And vice versa 🙂

    1. Yes! You need to try it. It’s so empowering. And simplifying has been the most incredible journey and I just look forward to doing more of it. I’m loving Athens and she is loving me back, as always. I’ll give the Arch a big hug for you, love! Keep me updated if you try a bit of minimizing here or there.

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