Every Spring I go back to my closet and it becomes the minimal. Sometimes through the winter I add a sweater or I think I need “city clothes” so I buy a blouse that gets worn a couple of times and then belongs to someone else in need. I think this will be the year that I don’t cycle as much because as I age I seem more content with less. The need to impress others becomes less and the authentic me that believes a bright-colored nice tee-shirt is just as lovely as a designer blouse shines through. To many this is extreme minimalism but I am not content with more and that is the point. What are you content with? Do you fuss about piles of laundry and find resentment lurking around the corner every time your spouse or parent lectures you on your buying habits? What do you NEED?
This is my closet now:
Cornflower blue Tee
These are all in the bright colors that I love and that compliment my aging skin and hair.
Trouser jeans (2)
I chose black because it is easy to match shoes, it’s slimming, professional, and easy to coordinate with.
Black pullover fleece
These wear well and I bought two of these used at less than $5 each. They were original quality items that will last and classic style.
Workout capris (2)
Velvet pants (2)
Socks (5 pairs)
Mary Jane shoes (2)
Black athletic shoes (2)
Brown walking shoes
Brown hiking boots
The velvet pants aren’t really considered “necessary” but it is my comfort mechanism. When I come home from work in winter I put these on and sit in my chair before I have to deal with the household chores. It’s my thing.
What would be in your closet? What would you give to those in need? What’s your thing?
I also own a winter coat and trench coat.
I could go with even less but this is what is comfortable. It’s true that I don’t plan to work for a large corporation that wouldn’t allow me to wear what I have now. Even with a tee and cardigan paired with my black pants I can still look professional enough for work. In my mind professionalism in more about mannerisms and there are plenty of people out there with designer clothes that aren’t professional. :-)