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post #41 of 57

I thought about this thread when I came across this blog post today. This woman has a 10 piece wardrobe (she doesn't inclue unmentionables and a couple other things but this is what she wears daily). I think it's pretty cool!

post #42 of 57

You know, if you wear mostly solids, and nothing too unique and memorable people aren't going to notice that you only have 2, or 3, or 5 shirts-especially if you draw their eyes to a pretty scarf, earrings, or neclace. And it does make things so much simpler :)  A little OT, but if you are sentimental about clothes and can't donate an old shirt, you can turn it into a reusable shopping bag! Just sew the bottom of the shirt closed, then cut off the sleeves if it has them and voila. Shopping bag!!

post #43 of 57

I am pretty minimalist too. The exception is my scrubs for work. I have a week's worth because you never know when you are going to need to change. I have 3 pairs of jeans, 2 skirts, 1 shorts, 2 sweaters and 3 tshirts. I have 1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of heels. The exception is underwear and socks...I seem to have tons of those. I really need to minimize them. I have downsized my clothes a few times already this year. On the plus side, all my clothes fit into a small duffel bag.

post #44 of 57
See my big issue with this is you kind of need to wear solids -- if you wear a print, it's pretty obvious when you wear it again 2 days later. But my problem with solids is, they stain so easily -- grease marks, breastmilk stains, spitup stains, etc. Maybe I'm just prone to stains or something???
post #45 of 57

I love this idea! 

post #46 of 57
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Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy View Post

See my big issue with this is you kind of need to wear solids -- if you wear a print, it's pretty obvious when you wear it again 2 days later. But my problem with solids is, they stain so easily -- grease marks, breastmilk stains, spitup stains, etc. Maybe I'm just prone to stains or something???



I don't think you are particularly prone to stains... there is absolutely no way I could make a short worn daily last unstained for more than a month. No way.

 

And even if you don't perceive the lifespan of your clothing to be shortened by daily detergent, water, agitation and drying... it is, in fact, shortened. 365 washings in a year will wear an item out faster than 100 washings in a year.

 

Minimalism is lovely- a better approach than multiple drawers and closets stuffed full of things hardly worn, for certain! But clothing (and other bodily adornments) can be something more than a bodily covering, and something less than being a slave to fashion and centering ones self worth in appearances, KWIM? For these reasons, I do not find the idea of 2 shirts only appealing at all.

 

Additionally... things happen. Fabric tears. Do you really want to be absolutely obligated to either start up a sewing project immediately, or leave your house and purchase another, immediately?

 

post #47 of 57

I love this idea, and I think it sounds perfect for you, since you're basically already there. :) I've pared my clothes down quite a few times already in the last six months or so (we're moving across the US in a week), and so I am very into my selection of clothing being as minimalist as possible as well. I have absolutely no judgements towards you or anyone else doing this, whether it be that the clothes should look or be any certain way to "make it work". It is completely up to the individual, obviously, and I keep the clothes that I love the most and fit me best. I don't care about whether they work together, or whether people would think there's something wrong with my hygiene. I have -never- noticed anyone wearing something often or not, and even if I did, I wouldn't care at all. If they were friends, family, acquaintances, whatever. I understand when one has to work and do certain jobs, or has a farm to run, or has many children (and on top of all or one of those jobs), for that matter, then it is completely different. But for a person like me who is a full-time momma and taking care of our home, I can wear what I want whenever, so this works very easily.

 

I don't know how many clothes I have, but it's something like 10 shirts of sorts, a few pants, 1 pair of jeans (jeans are never comfortable for me), a couple skirts and dresses, jackets, and sockies and underwears. :) I live in my Birkenstocks and patagonia butter-soft clogs (that's how they describe them and I've never forgotten it, ha), and have a pair of running shoes and my brown Docs. I'm all set. I really love wearing things out, too, and even when that happens I just sew them up a bit and they're fixed again. Old clothes get cut into patches or squares for quilts, or if it's shirts or dresses of mine, or dh shirt, I make it into clothes or dresses for dd. That's how it goes here, and it's fun and easy, and I have my favorite clothes to wear, always. 

post #48 of 57

I honestly wouldn't want to do it but if it works for you great!

Right now I have that fits me: 1 knee length skirt (Its in the best condition and I use it for dinners out church on Sunday etc), 4 calf-ankle length skirts (1 I can only wear at home so useless if I plan on going out anywhere even to the park), 6 tops (2 are patterned and used only for church/nice outings etc), 10 sets undies, 2 bras for everyday, 1 workout bra, 3 workout outfits and 3 pairs PJs. Oh and shoes wise I have a pair of flip flops, pair of high heels, 2 pairs slip ons and a pair of tennis shoes to work out with. Im looking at expanding my wardrobe when we are finished moving. I might have a low tolerance for dirtiness but if I get muddy, floury from baking, smelling like cleaning solution (well vinegar, I dont' use commercial cleaners) I need to change. It would drive me NUTS not to. If I leak through my breastpads (which happens daily almost) I have to change my shirt or it would drive me nuts. Honestly Id like to add another 8 tops, 4 ankle length skirts (or 4 dresses), another nice outfit for going out, 4 more sets of undies, 2-3 more bras, 1 more workout bra and a robe.. That way I can go for 2 weeks, if I don't change during the day, without washing. Also, Ive notice since Im so short on clothing they are becoming threadbare really quickly. One of my skirts has a hole in it and the seams are starting to go because of repeated wearing/washing, another one the elastic is starting to get lose from being worn so much so it doesn't fit me well, my shirts that are lighter color are starting to get stains that don't come out from wearing to much. I know some people wouldn't mind the stains but they drive me nuts.

post #49 of 57

I have a friend who is very minimalist.  She showed me her closet once and it was surprisingly empty.  She buys new things now and then but her style is very simple and new things blend right in.  I think she really does have a certain style and knows how to buy for her style and that makes it much easier.  Thinking about it she wears mostly solids as well.  

 

I personally would have a hard time with that few articles of clothing.  But I have a farm and can find myself in 2-3 outfits a day or more.  Barn clothes, riding clothes, house clothes, work clothes.  

post #50 of 57

She says she does have more than this, that this is her ultimate capsule wardrobe, she doesn't actually live with ten pieces. But no doubt her clothing is super minimal nonetheless (love her blog and book btw!) 

I'll actually have to take note of how often I do laundry, so I will have something concrete to go by on how many pieces I need. I would think at least enough for a week, even if I do wash a load couple of times a week.. Because I'd rather have a couple of extra tops in my (pretty empty) closet than run out of a clean one to wear. Also we have no dryer so the laundry takes a day or so to dry. 

I think for a lot of people a 30 piece wardrobe would be extremely minimal.. 
 

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Originally Posted by Tumble Bumbles View Post

I thought about this thread when I came across this blog post today. This woman has a 10 piece wardrobe (she doesn't inclue unmentionables and a couple other things but this is what she wears daily). I think it's pretty cool!



 

post #51 of 57

Yeah I don't think I could go as low as missminimalist but we are pretty minimalist in comparison to the general western public.  One of these days I've got to do a clothing inventory. I think dh and I have about 30 pieces each minus socks/undies. Same with dd, her entire wardrobe is contained in a hanging 4 cube sweater holder thing from ikea, plus a couple hanging things.

 

 

post #52 of 57

I got a tip from Its All Too Much by Peter Walsh. I put all my clothes over to one side of my wardrobe, and only moved them back after I'd worn them once. After only a week or so it was obvious to me that I only actually like a very small portion of my clothes! I shop at thrift stores almost exclusively so its fairly easy to replace stuff if needed.

 

Right now I have three pairs of pants (one cargo, one jean and one cord) and three tops that I like. They are all inter-changable with each other and I expect these six items to get me through autumn and winter, with the help of a velvet jacket, some undershirts and a few different pairs of shoes.

 

When the weather warms up again I will re-evaluate, but I am hoping to do summer and spring with three skirts, three tops, a few cardies and some tights.

 

I have two pairs of PJs that I wear for winter, in summer I just wear a PJ top and knickers to bed.

 

I feel like I've done well decluttering my wardrobe, if only I could do so well with my sons'! Because I have three boys I want to save everything to be passed down.

post #53 of 57
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Originally Posted by Delicateflower View Post

You also need to consider the ... environmental impact of washing everything together every day.


? what is the environmental impact of washing everything together every day? is it just from washing *everything*? or is there something environmentally impacting about washing *together*?

post #54 of 57
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? what is the environmental impact of washing everything together every day? is it just from washing *everything*? or is there something environmentally impacting about washing *together*?

 

LOL, you are reading a misquote. I said "You also need to consider the extra wear on your clothes and environmental impact of washing everything together every day."

 

If you wash everything in the same load all the time your clothes will fade and your whites will become dingy. Things that need more delicate cycles, like bras and underpants will wear out faster or jeans won't be as clean as they could be. The environmental impact is at least a load everyday, whether it's a full one or not, and probably using the dryer, too, because I can't imagine everything drying overnight every day.
 

 

post #55 of 57

Delicateflower, do you live sommewhere humid? All but the heaviest items will dry overnight in my laundry room; most of the year most things will dry within an hour if I hang them on my back patio.

 

Decluttering my wardrobe is on my to-do list. I'm postpartum and go back to work in a couple of weeks. I do not want to go back in maternity pants (I had just 1 pr for work and am SO sick of them, tho they were comfy). I'll post what I come up with.

post #56 of 57

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Originally Posted by Ravin View Post

All but the heaviest items will dry overnight in my laundry room; most of the year most things will dry within an hour if I hang them on my back patio.

 

 

Wow that would be handy!

 

Nothing would dry overnight here hanging in a room.....but it is very humid here where I live.

 

I never put any clothes in the dryer though...it wrecks them and using the dryer all the time is terrible for the environment, so we only dry towels in the dryer.

post #57 of 57
I came up with my idea of a minimalist wardrobe in January but haven't quite gotten to the point of implementing it. Funny thing is that right now I am actually working off an even smaller wardrobe since I got rid of most of the clothes that didn't fit or I didn't wear back in January and haven't replaced any of that...what that means is that I have a lot of stuff I wouldn't wear out of the house in my current small rotation...and I just have to make sure I have one of my two decent thrifted jeans and one of my three decent tops clean when I am actually going somewhere out of the house!! orngbiggrin.gif

This would be my ideal minimal wardrobe (I wouldn't want to go with a whole lot less than this since I DON'T wanna do laundry every day and I like at least a little variety). Once I actually have it in place I think I will actually feel decadent...since it'll be more clothes than what I'm working with now...and ALL be actually worn regularly.

*2-3 dressier tops
*5 lightweight tops that could be layered (in a longer length) in basic and fave colors
*5 tank tops that could be layered (in a longer length) in basic and fave colors
*5 casual sleeveless dresses that hit right at/above knee (not too full or too straight)
*2 dressier dresses (LBD and a fun print)
*1-2 cute knee length skirts
*1-2 long skirts
*1 pair black slacks
*2 pair bootcut medium wash jeans
*2 wraps (black and fun color)
*2 cardigans (black and fun color)
*1 black trench coat with removable liner
*3 pairs of modesty shorts (for wear under dresses)
*5 pinafore style aprons (to protect clothing while cleaning, cooking, feeding children)
*1 pair chunky boots and 1 pair chunky flips--for wearing with pants (since I'm short)
*1 pair ballet flats and 1 pair sandals--for wearing with dresses and skirts
*1 pair cheap flips--for showers and swimming
*1 pair dressy heels--for rare occasions
*3 bras
*7 pairs panties
*14 pairs socks (I'm funny about clean socks)
*3 sets of three-piece pajamas (top, bottom, cami)

Plus realized that I should also have:
*1 pair good athletic shoes
*2 sets workout wear

So yeah...not super minimal....but WAY more doable for a realistic wardrobe...IF everything fit right and actually got used in the rotation. Even if you count up EVERYTHING from my list you are talking 81 total items...and that includes underwear, shoes, socks, pajamas, and even workout clothes and aprons!! Once I actually have all of that in my closet, I will be able to see if there's stuff even in that list that ends up not getting worn...and then be able to minimize it even more.
Edited by Rainey Daye - 4/18/11 at 7:19pm
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