The daily conundrum – too many clothes and nothing to wear.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve likely heard of the Minimalist Wardrobe. Loosely defined, it is made up of a smaller number of quality pieces that are flexible, adaptable and create a multitude of outfits.
There are many pages and blogs devoted to this subject matter, all of them advocating the virtues of this movement. Heck, there is even a Tedx talk on the subject. And while each writer has a varied approach, the elements for undertaking this lifestyle remain constant.
- You would never have to make the draining decision on what to wear every day
- You would have more disposable income
- Your closets would be less cluttered and more organized
- You would have more time for fun stuff
WAIT!! When did deciding what to wear become so draining??
John Haltiwanger discusses Decision Fatigue in his editorial The Science of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear the Same Thing Every Day. (think Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs)
Apparently Decision Fatigue is a real psychological condition in which a person’s productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions. Simply put, by stressing over things like what to eat or wear everyday, people become less efficient at work.
SAY WHAT?? I am not going to be the next uber successful millionaire because I don’t wear the same thing everyday??
This lifestyle change has intrigued so many people that projects and experiments have been developed.
The official description for Six Items or Less, states that it began as a small experiment between friends and quickly grew to become a global movement questioning the power of what we don’t wear. The premise of the experiment is that participants choose six items of clothing and pledge to wear only those for one month. There are of course exceptions such as undergarments, work out clothing, coats etc.
Project 333 is a minimalist fashion project that consists of wearing only 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes for a period of 3 months. The exceptions here are wedding rings, undergarments, sleepwear and work out clothing (which can only be worn for workouts). http://bemorewithless.com/project-333/
If a Minimalist Wardrobe is in your future, here is a list of basic items that can be mixed and matched in to countless outfits. Make sure the items you choose are classic, neutral in colour and won’t go out of style any time soon.
- Collared Shirt
- Silk Blouse
- T – Shirt
- Little Black Dress
- Crew Neck Sweater
- Leather Jacket
- Trench Coat
- Winter Coat
- Black Dress Pant
- Pencil Skirt
- Black Pumps
- Ankle Boots
For me, I break in to a cold sweat just thinking about living without the abundance of choices that my wardrobe offers. The Ankle Boots in every colour and height, the LBD in different styles and lengths, the Sweaters in wool or cashmere, pullovers and cardigans, the Coats and Jackets that match the outfits, shoes and boots…
What would I do without the vast array of colours that I can choose from depending on my mood? What would I do with myself if I didn’t indulge in retail therapy? I am not an online shopper – I NEED to see, touch, feel and try on – I NEED the whole experience.
So while Minimalists stave off the mental exhaustion of deciding what to wear, I will endure the physical exhaustion and end of season sales at Nordstrom…