A woman with bright red lipstick, a man with a wide deep red tie, a cherry red vespa zooming past you, a field of red poppies- the color red simply says pay attention. It’s the color of love, lust and passion- flushed cheeks and rosy lips. It’s the color of blood, our life force. Shades of it look good on all skin types and colors, all races. It can be a bit of a frightening color because we may not be used to being noticed. We may not be comfortable with being in the spotlight. But we should be, at least sometimes. Red is power and we need a power boost sometimes. Maybe a first date for some, or a job interview. Maybe a swimsuit. Don’t run from the color, explore it. Try on different shades, different items. You’ll find the right red, the right color to pull from when you need it. And you’ll be happy to have it.
Here in Austin, the summer heat is very slowly waning. I can see colder weather on the horizon and for that, I am thankful. Which is why it is time to get our fall closet cleaning over with. Then, when we skip with glee to purchase our new fall items come october, we will have a wonderful tidy space waiting for us.
Those of us in other, more sane climates may have already started the process of pulling out your warmer clothes. Let’s not talk about it 😉
- 1. Out with the old, in with the new:
- Take your summer items out and bring in the transitional pieces. If you’re climate had chilly nights already, or close, feel free to bring more fall and winter items in.
2. Sweater revamp:
-Remove ANY sweater that is not flattering on you. If you think all sweaters are unflattering, call me. I’ll rock your world with awesome sexy sweaters.
-Check remaining sweaters for quality. Donate any that have seen their share of winters. If your all time favorite swester has a little pilling, take a disposable razor and very gently shave them off. Or buy a sweater shaver. They are nifty but not necessary.
3. Winter scarf love:
-Sort and purge any scarves that no longer for your sense of style including any gifts your never going to wear.
-Diy or buy a scarf hanger: These babies keep both summer and winter scarves off the floor and snag free and you can choose your favorite. They come in all shapes and sizes. From branches with leaves to butterflies, to a cedar hanger that helps repel moths.
4. Coat review:
-Check for moth damage, stains, fit and style
-Repair if needed. Donate unwanted coats.
-Buy one new coat or jacket. This item will be worn so regularly throughout the season, surely you can add one to your collection or replace a tired coat or jacket.
5. Fall shoe rehab:
-Pull out all boots, booties and shoeties and check for style. Are they still current? Scuffed? Need new heels?
-Take any favorites needing a little TLC to a shoe repair shopto reheel, resolve, get new laces, etc.
-Buy or DIY some boot shapers: Boot shapers keep your favorite boots in perfect condition all year. Come fall, they also sit neatly in your closet. Most boot shapers, like these from BBB also have a hook so you can hang them if so desired. You know what else works wonders? Wine bottles. Yep, you’re welcome.
Photo credit bed bath and beyond.
I am imagining a 5 minute getting dressed routine that always has enough variety. I am imagining a clean clear closet with inspiring pieces in it. I imagine looking in the mirror and being happy with what I see, every day. This is the goal of this wardrobe. If you only own things 1) you love, 2) flatter your shape, and 3) match everything else in your wardrobe, life in the dressing realm gets a whole lot easier. Fewer items overall contributes significantly to a faster selection time.
I’ve been thinking/planning/obsessing over this concept for months. The main goal is to obtain a sense of peace with what I wear, to value what I put on my body, to fill in holes that make getting dressed stressful (I need pants! I never have any clean pants!) and to avoid buying emotionally. (I really don’t need another cardigan, ever.)
What is not included in the 50: Shoes*, tanks and under shirts, bras and undies, outerwear, pjs and workout clothes.
Nifty 50 Minimalist Wardrobe
Bottoms – 10 – 3 jeans, 3 black pants, 2 colored pants, 2 skirts
Dresses – 5 – 3 casual/work, 2 dress up/down
Tops- 25- 5 short sleeve, 5 long sleeve 5 dressy, 10 cardigans/sweaters
Accessories – 10 – 3 scarves, 3 necklaces, 3 earrings, 1 bracelet.
(Feel free to change the breakdown in each category to your personal choice. i.e. More black pants, fewer skirts, no scarves, etc.)
Challenge: Go count the items in your closet and dresser. I’ll bet it’s much over 100 and you only like maybe half of it.
Let me know what you have!
*For shoes, I am working on the nifty 15. (Post coming!)
I’ve been following the Project 333 trend among simplicity bloggers. The idea is that you only own 33 items and change those out 3 times a year for the season ahead. This includes shoes, jewelry and accessories. It does not include pajamas or workout clothing. I started thinking about the benefits of owning fewer pieces of clothing, but actually liking everything I own. Ah, the possibilities right? (Can we say Ferragamo ballet flats? I’d literally only need to wear those for at least 12 months!) I counted all of the items in my closet alone and came up with 97 things. That was not counting my t shirt drawer, pant drawer, accessories or jewelry, and I’m frugal with clothes! I swear!
But what do I actually wear? Pregnancy is enough to make anyone downsize. I think all told in this pregnancy, I’ve purchased one maternity bathing suit, one pair of leggings at Ross, two preggo jeans for a few bucks at a consignment store and one maternity top. That leaves my own non-pregnancy wardrobe for the rest. Add in one pair of black stretch crepe pants, a few pairs of shoes and dresses that magically still fit and there you go. In one sense, it feels strange only having ten outfits or so to choose from. On the other, the mornings are easy and I have taken more care in accessorizing. I actually have been living the 333 Project unintentionally for most of my pregnancy. I currently have 26 items I wear- including shoes, scarves and jewelry. And I’m still alive.
What feels amazing about the prospect of permanently downsizing post-pregnancy is the idea that one day, I won’t constantly WANT more. I won’t want to go to the cheapest outlet to find an article of clothing that I don’t need and add it to a bulging closet for a mere few days of happiness, only to repeat the process over and over again. I won’t also be looking for the lowest price aka lowest quality goods since they will have to last me a little while.
Everyone talks about other countries doing everything better. I love the phrase “Parisian Chic.” It is supposed to be a paired down, minimal but oh-so-fashionable combination of items. Now, our romanticism of this city is bat-sh*t crazy but I have always loved the notion of really well made items, I just couldn’t afford them when I was filling every whim with a shopping trip.
So here’s to Project 333, to liking my possessions and to finding more productive ways to fill happiness.