I realized two things about myself when writing today’s post. First, I have a boring wardrobe (except my boots!). Second, even if I weren’t a minimalist, I’d still be a clothes minimalist. Americans on average buy one article of clothing per week. (Source for this and other tidbits below.) One article of clothing EVERY WEEK?! Who wants to spend all that time and money on clothes when there are things to do and people to see?! Well, I’ll quit carrying on now and start taking photos of my boring (except my boots!) fall-winter wardrobe.
My everyday tee-shirts are the same three as they were in the summer except now I wear them under a comfy-cozy hoodie.
Gosh, all the hoodies I wear over my tees are sports related, either from my work or my favorite college football teams. Fall is football season after all!
My everyday summer shorts have been replaced with long pants. I have two pairs of rather nice jeans, no whisker marks, no strategic holes or anything like that. I have two pairs of sweat pants for extra nippy days. And I have two pairs of leggings which I wear the most. Fortunately, my hoodies are big enough that they cover my fanny, so I feel comfortable wearing leggings in public.
I learned from a June 9, 2015, Daily Mail article that we women wear an item of clothing on average 7 times, and no more. That boggles my mind. It’s like buying disposable clothes. The jeans visible on the left in the above picture are I bought 10 years ago. I’ve worn them about 120 times, and they are still in decent shape.
Since my part time work is inside in an active environment, I wear the exact same work clothes that I did in the summer: team shirts and conservative-length shorts.
Usually the cats, Dear Husband, and a tee-shirt are enough to keep me warm at night, but if it’s an especially cold night, I have a pair of fuzzy pajamas I can put on.
As for outerwear, I have a lightweight, dreamy acrylic-silk blend cardigan in a happy green color. I can wear it over a tee to dress up the tee a bit. I also have a zip front, cotton sweater that I can wear when a hoodie isn’t nice enough but the cardigan is too nice. I often throw a handmade scarf (a Christmas present from my girlfriend Karen) over the cotton sweater. When it’s truly cold, I reach for my wool blend peacoat. Do peacoats ever go out of style? I don’t think so. I’ll have this one for another decade or two for sure. And finally, if I’m shoveling snow or doing something active, I wear my ancient Lands’ End parka which is downright warm, machine-washable, and sturdy as all get out. I have toasty gloves which match the blue scarf lying on the peacoat, and I have lighter blue, fingerless gloves for slightly warmer days (hand knit by my friend Tania, another Christmas gift!).
For exercise, I run and walk year-round. When the weather turns cold, I swap out running shorts and a tee for exercise leggings and a long sleeved tee. Lightweight running gloves keep my hands warm enough. Like many running gloves, these have a terry cloth insert for wiping my nose mid-stride, ew!!
If it’s super cold, I’ll add a white thermal undershirt, a knit hat, and a neck gator (the bluish purple thing), and I’ll swap the gloves for mittens.
My sneakers are the same year-round: a pair of running shoes and a pair of non-stinky sneakers that I wear when I’m around polite company and I don’t want other people to have to suffer the stench of my running shoes!
And my boots! My Abilene brand boots are my “dress shoes.” They are American-made of soft leather, comfortable without socks, breathable, and sport fancy stitching. These have held up for 15 years with nothing but a good wax now and then. No complaints from me!
What’s missing? A dress. I was missing a dress in the summer, too, so I decided to make one. Sigh, I am currently on my fourth muslin. I am having so much trouble fitting my post-menopausal body! Meanwhile, I have borrowed a wool crepe sheath for my rare dress up days. I wore this one to my art show opening a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I wore the dress with my boots!
I normally don’t wear jewelry, but I have a few pieces like football earrings (go TCU!) and a couple of pairs of costume earrings that go with jeans or black leggings. I also have pearls from the 1960s which I think at one time belonged to my sister or maybe my mother. They fell apart in the 1990s, but it cost next to nothing to restring them. Do I ever wear them? Once in a blue moon. Frankly, my friends know I’m more into jeans and backyard picnics than pearls and candlelight dinners, so it’s all good.
There are lots of good closet declutter tips out there, but this is the simple test I use: If a piece of clothing got torn apart, say it fell on the floor and the dog thought it was his chew toy, would I replace it? If the answer is no, then I don’t need it.
How many items we buy each week: https://qz.com/359040/the-internet-and-cheap-clothes-have-made-us-sport-shoppers/.
How many times an item is worn: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3116962/Throwaway-fashion-Women-adopted-wear-culture-binning-clothes-wears-aren-t-pictured-outfit-twice-social-media.html.
My summer minimalist wardrobe: https://minimalistgranny.com/my-minimalist-summer-wardrobe/.
Make this day even better. Consider:
- Christmas is sneaking up on us. Is there anything you can put on ebay or Craiglist to help boost your Christmas budget?