Wardrobe 

I have a small  number of articles of clothing compared to some people, and a larger amount compared to others, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that the amount that I own serves my needs and feels comfortable– that it contributes to me being able to live my best life, not causing unnecessary stress.

Things I’ve noticed about what works for me:

  1. I can’t do patterns. My closet is mainly solid, I think I have a couple shirts with some logos which I don’t really like (don’t want to be a walking billboard for a brand), I’m trying to find quality replacements for these at goodwill, and find other uses for these shirts. But mainly I like solid colored clothes because they all go with each other and are easy on the eye, simple to wear.
  2. My color scheme is made up of blues, greys, whites, greens, browns, maroons. All the colors can compliment one another, so I can literally grab any shirt and it will go with any bottom.
  3. The level of fanciness is pretty low in my wardrobe, but my lifestyle isn’t very fancy– my wardrobe directly reflects how I live my life. I have a fair amount of outdoor and workout gear, and casual clothes. It would be silly for me to own lots of fancy dresses if my lifestyle doesn’t permit me to wear them.
  4. I only shop at goodwill, thrift-shops, second-hand, or get hand-me-downs for my new additions to my wardrobe. I have a choice on where my money is spent and what I am contributing to. I chose not to contribute to the fast-fashion industry or animal cruelty by spending my money on used vegan clothing. I also want to say that I do own a couple non-vegan clothing articles that I purchased before I went vegan, just as I own a couple items that were made a huge clothing stores that I bought before I became a minimalist. I will continue to wear these until they are worn through– because I don’t want to be wasteful be discarding a perfectly functioning item. But when they are used through, I will obviously make a different decision when I purchase a new addition to my wardrobe.
  5. Everything I own I like. My whole closet is a collection of my favorite pieces, so no matter what I wear I am always comfortable and confident.

Some pictures for you. This is all I own (except PJs, workout stuff, underwear and socks ya know and dance stuff, but this is my WARDROBE) sorry this is out of order… 

also some outfit inspiration ūüíď



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Packing: Minimalism 

6 day trip… 

so. I am flying to NYC and then up to Connecticut for 6 days total. I wanted to pack everything on a carry on backpack for the plane so I wouldn’t need to check a bag. This includes all toiletries, fancy clothes for nice dinners and a broadway show (and heels), comfortable walking shoes, all clothes, swim suit, my journal, my Bullet journal, my laptop, my sketch book, my watercolors, all my chargers, earbuds, sunglasses, wallet/purse, and reusable containers as not to produce extra plastic waste. All in one backpack. Here’s how I did it, and my mindset through the packing… 

  1. CLOTHES: can you rewear items without them showing they’ve been worn? Ex. Jean/jean shorts easy to wear two- three times between a wash. Bring these items, and make sure you can make multiple combinations between them for different outfits. I brought 1 white cotton button up, 1 grey tee shirt, and one red light turtleneck for my tops. I brought one pair of denim shorts, one pair of black cotton shorts and  I blue skirt. All tips can match with all bottoms. Lots of combinations, not that much clothes. I am only packing one black brallette considering I don’t normaling wear bras, but for the white shirt it’s nice to have :). I am packing 6 pairs of underwear. No socks. My birkenstocks and one pair of comfortable heels. I am wearing one of my outfits and my birkenstocks on the plane and wearing my jean jacket and baseball cap on the plane as well to save space. There is also one set of pajamas and one swim suit. That’s all the clothes! 
  2. TOILETRIES: must be under 4oz a bottle, so beware of that. I am bringing my own homemade oil cleanser for my face wash and moisturizer, my own homemade doederant, my own homemade shampoo, toms toothpaste, bamboo toothbrush, a hair brush, mascara, sunscreen, chap stick, lip stick, a light foundation, hair ties and a headband. Everything fits in a cosmetic bag. 
  3. THE OTHER STUFF: laptop and journals are small but the number I am bringing is not. I am bringing 1 laptop, 3 notebooks, 1 book, 1 phone, 2 chargers, 1 set of paints, pens, pencils, brushes. Tip: think flat. All of my notebooks are very flat and small so they fit nicely, if you have a thicker book, leave it. Bring an empty water bottle so you don’t need to buy plastic ones while traveling! Also to stay hydrated! I’m bringing a small crosbody bag that doubles as an actual wallet and is just big enough to fit my phone- so no need for a wallet! 

That’s it! All for six days! Think about items that have multiple functions, are small in size, easy to use multiple times! 
Thanks for reading ! 

Minimalism and Wardrobe

How much clothes is too much?

To me there is not a specific number or quantity of clothes that is right for every person. Like minimalism itself there is a scale to the extremeness and also uniqueness to each person’s situation, taste and needs. I think there are some general guidelines and questions to think about however when going through your wardrobe with hopes to declutter and minimize. AND I think it is most important to be in the right mindset before going through clothes and deciding how much is too much, and how much is enough.

Mindset

When I went through my closet I went through it parts at a time, very gradually, over time. I recognized that it was going to be a process and it was not going to happen overnight, nor should it. Just like a fad diet that is quick and extreme, shows results for a short while, but is ultimately unhealthy and does not work because usually the weight comes back and then some, so is purging all of your clothes — its unsustainable, and usually is counterproductive. Go slowly through the downsizing process. For me that meant a three month process of taking trips to charities to donate clothes. Think for the long-term — if you are keeping a piece of clothing do you think you will love it and wear it for the next year? For years to come? If yes, keep it, If no, chuck it. If you don’t think you will love this piece for a year, it is not meant for your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should consist of all the clothes you love and feel good in, if there is something that doesn’t do this, it needs to go. Think about how much you were certain types of clothes. For me I dance and wear exercise clothes over my dance clothes 50% of my day, so 50% of my wardrobe should be exercise clothes. I wear casual clothes like jeans and tees for probably 30% of my week, and I wear fancier and sleepwear each for 10%. Whatever you wear most should make up most of your wardrobe. Think about if the clothes you have left go with each other? Can you make multiple outfits, with the clothes you have left? Do you need staple pieces? Think about each piece of clothes as being cohesive with the wardrobe as a whole for efficiency in making outfits.

Eliminating the obvious

Once you have eliminated clothes with wear and tear, the clothes you flat out don’t like, the ones that don’t fit, the ones you haven’t worn in a while, the ones that aren’t cohesive and the ones that aren’t comfortable, (the obvious things to eliminate), its time to look at what is left. Is there a lot of clothes left? Is there barely any? That amount is up to you to quantify- but ask yourself can I live in these clothes for a year- will I be comfortable, will I be happy? Am I missing anything? Can I get rid of anything else that won’t contribute to my comfort and happiness?

Invest in quality

If you are missing somethings to make your wardrobe complete, invest in quality items. Items that will last, that are made of solid fabrics, not in sweat shops. For example, once I eliminated the obvious I realized I needed a quality white tee shirt. I went to Madewell and bought¬†a 100% cotton white denim style collared¬†tee shirt that buttons all down the front, has to front pockets on the chest and short sleeves. It breathes, its easy to wash, but its thick enough of a fabric that I can go braless and nothing will show. It was about $65, but well worth it. I wear it pretty much every other day, and I’d say its already paid for itself. I’ll write another article on sustainable fabrics and what they are good for, but right now some basics are cotton, hemp and linen. Try to avoid blends of any kind as they fall apart easier, and try to avoid synthetic fibers such as polyester or rayon or acrylics because they use toxic chemicals and lots of energy to produce.

You’ve eliminated and invested, now what?

Do you feel good about your wardrobe? At this point the size, feel of the garments, and look of it all should be comfortable and wearable. If not, either you went to quickly, purged items you actually like, are holding on to clothes for sentimental reasons, or didn’t invest if clothes that make the wardrobe come together. Go back, reread, fix these before continuing. This wardrobe is yours, it should 100% represent you and your personal style. Being a minimalist does not mean owning an all neutral or white and black wardrobe, nor does it mean only owning two tee-shirts and a pair of pants. Minimalism means owning just enough¬†clothes that suit you and you like, nothing more, nothing less. So every piece should be your favorite, every piece should be your style. And if its not, if nothing in the wardrobe is, but you don’t have enough money to go out and buy a wardrobe you do like, invest slowly. If the clothes are wearable, slowly overtime research brands and clothes you need and you enjoy so when you have enough money you can invest in clothes that do represent you and will last a long time. Exchange these pieces for the “eh” ones in your wardrobe now.

So back to the question: How much is too much?

It is up to you. If the amount feels comfortable and each piece is essential to your lifestyle then you have the right amount. No one can tell you that you must own a certain number of clothes because no one is you, so no one knows your life and you style. Be confident in that, and focus less on the amount.

Why do I have a blog?

Well… for one, I have an Instagram addiction I’m trying to break.

So I started on my ”minimalism journey” about 4 or 5 months ago. Not long. And I want to be held accountable, share what I’m learning and learn myself through this platform. I think getting all of my jumbled thoughts organized into one place will also help me with the process. And I have a social media addiction pretty much that I am trying to break (that will be another post) but I needed something that I could write freely on and put out into the world without caring about the immediate response of people I knew, and without caring about what people thought at a glance- I needed a platform where readers would be genuinely interested in the one topic. So a blog was the logical conclusion.

So what is Minimalism???

minimlaism can be so many things. To me it means I am removing everything from my life that causes unhappiness purely or largely, so that there is room for the people and experiences that bring me the most joy. It means living with the essential items for maximum happiness. It means being environmentally conscious and more aware of my personal impact on this world. It means being grateful and in the present.

But to you it could mean something entirely different.

That’s pretty cool too.

So what have I done so far on this journey?

i have cleaned out my closet, I have invested in a couple pieces of quality clothing, I have researched beyond belief, I have assessed my living style and intake of certain foods, and output of money and waste, I have realized that there are things not worth my time and resources, and things worth some, but mainly I’ve noticed that I’m pretty fucking awesome and I deserve to be happy- and happiness doesn’t come from buying things or planning (still working on not being a compulsive planner) but from the people and world and me. So I’m trying to realize myself worth and I’m trying to reflect the environment I create around myself and my living style with the inner happiness that exists within me and that I want to create.

I’ve accomplished a lot, and I’ve realized how far I have to go. But I’ve kept in mind that it’s a journey. It’s long, and it’s never over, and I’m going to enjoy the process.