considered living: criteria for an essential wardrobe

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Imagine waking up in the morning to get dressed, you open the doors to your closet, and you feel calm and serene because:

You love every item of clothing in your wardrobe.

You have many outfits to choose from,

but you don’t have too much.

You have something to wear for every occasion.

You are satisfied in the quality of your clothes.

Everything fits well

and you feel chic and comfortable in every outfit you own.

These are the ideals of an essential wardrobe.  I’m certainly not fully there, but since editing/reducing my wardrobe I’ve noticed my morning stress level has significantly decreased.   I’m no longer panicked about what to wear and running late in the mornings.  Now I can start my day feeling relaxed and ready to face what lies ahead.

Creating an essential wardrobe requires one to be more thoughtful and selective.  To make it in, an essential wardrobe piece should meet the following 6 criteria: Continue reading “considered living: criteria for an essential wardrobe”

outfit:  salt of the earth

sienna pants

There is something so naturally beautiful about solid basic earth tones in womenswear.  These colors draw from pigments found naturally in the earth’s foundation- umber, sienna, ochre, and greys -in all shades.  When I was decluttering my wardrobe, the clothes that got sorted into the donation pile were there because they hadn’t been worn in over a year.  It was a pile full of loud synthetic colors, reds, fluorescence, and neons, which by themselves are pretty but I don’t think they speak to my sensibilities enough to get worn often, a realization that will hopefully inform my wardrobe planning and help me reduce wasteful spending in the future.  Here I’m wearing one of my foundational pieces:  sienna colored skinnies from Madewell. Continue reading “outfit:  salt of the earth”

considered living: minimalist-in-progress report

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I will probably only ever be a ‘mild minimalist’ or a ‘minimalist in progress’.  I’ve been trying to let go of things that don’t add value to my life, to ‘declutter’, so to speak.

My progress so far has been good. I’ve donated/recycled 5 bags of clothing and reduced my wardrobe by 40%.   I donated 8 pairs of shoes, reducing my shoe collection by half, I only have 3 shoes on heavy rotation now, while the others ones are for winter or special occasions.   Continue reading “considered living: minimalist-in-progress report”

wardrobe: the short sleeve

This summer calls for the simplest short sleeve shirt and Everlane has made the perfect one.  It’s nice to have a button up that you don’t have to tuck in for those times you don’t want to show the waist line of your pants/skirt.  Keeping it untucked keeps you nice and ventilated in the summer heat. The straight horizontal edge makes this okay.  And because the shirt has a short torso (but falling short of ‘cropped’), it looks great with a pair of high waisted shorts when you’re out of the office.  Plus, since it is 100% cotton it’ll keep you feeling fresh in the muggy summer heat.  Whereas, polyester and silk tend to get clingy and hate to say it (smelly) in this weather.  I also love the A-line detailing of the shoulders which softens up the edges and gives it a modern European touch.  Not to mention, $48 for a well constructed 100% cotton shirt is a pretty good deal for something you’ll probably have on heavy rotation.