I have always been a bit of a minimalist when it came to my closet. I only kept things I liked and used with only the occasional item that was seldom or never used. Since I got married, my side of the closet has always had half the amount of clothes as my husband’s side. Sometimes even less than that. My side of the closet has had significantly less clothes for a number of reasons:
- My weight has fluctuated since I first started having children. Over the years my size has gone up and down. My husband has only bumped up one size in the last ten years. I used to store the off sizes in a storage bin. Last year I ditched the extra sizes and just learned to accept where I was in weight.
- I don’t like to shop. I honestly think men have it way easier. Jeans and dressy pants, t-shirts and button ups or polos, and a few other things like belts, shoes, ties, sweaters, and suits can be found at almost any number of stores. They find their size and are done. Women, especially those that don’t wear jeans and like skirts and dresses below the knee like myself, really have to hunt. Finding modest clothes is hard work and I would much rather have less than to have to hunt down more.
- I also wear my clothes out faster because I own fewer and often stain them. I haven’t quite mastered getting stains out of our clothes yet. Once my shirts get really stained or faded, I tend to get a new batch of shirts from the thrift store.
My current waredrobe now makes me extremely satisfied and my only desire is a cardigan or jacket to go over my sleeveless dress. I have a simple and modest taste in clothes and buy items that are from thrift stores, most the time, but still higher quality. Here is my side of the closet minus one hoodie that was draped over the couch and missed the picture:
I counted my items and have a list to share with you. I own:
- 1 Jean Skirt
- 1 Grey Maxi Skirt
- 1 Black and White Striped Skirt
- 1 Black Cotton Skirt
- 1 Black Dressy Skirt
- 1 Sleeveless Black Dress
- 1 3/4 Sleeve Black Dress
- 1 Striped Dress with Belt
6 Short Sleeve Shirts
- Pink Floral Shirt
- Dark Blue Shirt
- Pink Polka Dot Collared Shirt
- Blue Polka Dot Shirt
- Purple “Home is Where You Park It” T-Shirt
- Blue “Fellowship Fun Day” T-Shirt
6 Long Sleeve Shirts
- Purple Striped Shirt
- Red Shirt
- Purple Shirt
- Pink Shirt
- Blue Shirt
- Green Shirt
4 Sweaters, Hoodies or Pullovers
- Red Christmas Tree Turtleneck
- Grey Zip-up Hoodie
- Oversized Grey Pullover
- Blue “USA” Hoodie (not pictured)
If you are trying to build a capsule waredrobe, I would suggest:
- Buying clothes you like (material, style, colors) and currently fit.
- Trying to have some of your bottoms match at least a few of your tops. Not all your clothes need to be mix-matched but a few gives you some variety.
- Having a few key items that just make you feel amazing.
- Experimenting until you find your “look“.
- Being you and not stressing over a certain “number” of clothes.
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