|Princess Leia had only 1 dress color, style and harido. How much simpler can you get?|
I love having less clothes in my closet and wearing them on a weekly and monthly basis. It's so much easier to figure out what to wear in the morning when I don't have to weed through hangers of the clothes of my past dreams, past lives, and even future hopes. It's just stuff that I love to wear. But it wasn't always that way.
Newly married and just out of college, I tried hard to have a closet full of clothes that would reflect me and the latest trends. But we couldn't afford to buy much or store much. And then I heard a story on the radio about a woman who had simplified her wardrobe more drastically than any other person I had known.
This woman had decided long ago that she would only wear 1 color - cream. She didn't need to buy a lot of coordinating shoes and accessories and everything went together. I was floored at the concept and toyed with the idea for about 10 seconds. I love wearing color, and as a "winter" complexion, jewel toned colors love me too. But I was inspired.
I decided that I would wear neutral bottoms - pants, shorts, skirts, etc. and wear color on top. No more buying trendy pants or skirt colors and having to find the shoes, stockings, socks, etc. to match. I would stick to blacks, browns, creams and whites for my shoes and socks. This concept worked so beautifully and I never missed my navy blue pants or even that pair of red capris that were probably an unfortunate idea anyway.
A few years ago, I improved on my idea. I decided that I would no longer wear brown since that color didn't look good on me anyway. I no longer had to find brown shoes, stockings or socks. And I also nixed gold tone jewelry, save one set that was from my mother's things. Silver looked much better - so why not just wear what really looks good?
This last year I once again pared down my choices. I decided that my jewelry drawer which resembled a junk drawer, had to go. I would have 1 pair of earrings that could go with about everything and wear them all the time. There would be a few other pairs for other occasions but I would put them away out of sight. I got a necklace tree and limited my necklace and bracelet choices to what fit on there. Gone were the worn, broken and unloved things.
Another benefit of these choices is streamlined shopping. I can zero in on what I can put in my closet and easily turn down those things that I've said no to. Gone are the afternoons at the mall where everything is a possibility! Limits really do improve our lives.
All these things have helped me to keep only what I love and need in my closet. It's been a process over time and it still continues. I still haven't limited my pairs of shoes or dress scarves. But it all came down to knowing myself; what I liked, what looked good and what I was comfortable living with.
And I'm taking another bag to the consignment store today.