No Brainer Wardrobe – My Closet
April 12, 2012 Leave a Comment
I’ve been reading The No Brainer Wardrobe, and from page one was finding it an inspiring read. So I thought that this would be a great book to try and get my wardrobe on track. And guess what? I’m going to take you all along for ride. Lucky you dear reader.
So first thing is first. This is my closet currently:
Now I know what you’re thinking. “That doesn’t look that bad. What kind of reworking is needed.” There’s a few things that need to be cleared up.
1. This is by no means all the clothing I own. The clothes that are in that closet are the clothes that I put there for immediate use. Down in the basement I have a whole huge plastic tote full of Spring/Summer clothes, a whole huge plastic tote of clothing that is for a smaller sized me, and some are hanging up on makeshift hooks. I also have some clothing that needs washing. Usually this is closet is filled to bursting.
2. We live in a 1920′s store front. So this closet is the size that a closet would be in the 1920′s.
3. Most of the clothes in here are clothes I have simply because I can fit into them and they’re easy. I don’t necessarily like them and some of them are larger than I need.
The end result of this is that I have a wardrobe I really don’t feel good in, am not comfortable in and I’m not proud of. This isn’t the way a woman should dress herself. Life is too short to feel frumpy.
In the book Hayley Morgan, the author, talks about the evolution of clothing. This explains my existing closet space. In the 1920′s the amount of clothing a woman owned normally was less than what an average woman has now. The types of cloth available, the ready availability of updated styles, the advent of factories removing the need to create clothing herself and the ability to shop online and in retail shops easily has made it possible for a woman to amass a huge collection of fabric in all types of shapes and colors. It’s not that she necessarily needs all of it, but it’s made clothes shopping a kind of hobby where clothing creation and altering used to make its home. My 1920′s closet is still a little larger than most I’ve seen and that is because this store front was originally a seamstresses shop. Whatever the woman that lived here wanted she could make out of scraps and unwanted fabric.
Hayley suggests that you can live with 50 – 60 articles of clothing and I fully believe that she is correct. In the first set of Action Items the author asks a few questions and on thinking about it the last few days I’ve come up with some answers:
On any given day it takes me about 2 minutes to choose an outfit. This isn’t because my wardrobe is easy to navigate and everything meshes beautifully. It’s because I wear jeans every day and I’ve just started to not care what I throw on on top. I’ve become uninspired, and because I really don’t like my clothing I don’t bother analyzing my outfit. I’m not going to be happy with how I look no matter what I put on so why put forward an effort? I don’t buy a lot of clothing. In fact the pair of jeans I bought a couple of days ago is the first clothing anything I’ve bought in over half a year.
Oh this is not good you all. On to the next section.