Minimalist Wardrobe: Summer

Okay, realistically I may not make any dramatic changes to my wardrobe for summer. But if I could afford to overhaul my closet, it would definitely look something like this:

Minimalist Summer Wardrobe

Cute, no? I’m not about to go out and spend a ton of money on new clothes, but if I happen to come across some of these lovelies in a thrift store, I might be persuaded to trade out a few existing items. What do you think?

PS – My current wardrobe plate is here, if you’re curious. Yes, that is everything in my closet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Living Simply: Determining What We Need

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When I was a kid, I would go to my mother around dinnertime and whine “Mom, when’s supper? I’m starving!” This was, without fail, met with a reminder that I have never been “starving” in my entire life. (You know you can relate!)

Even as an adult, I find myself using hyperbolic language. One of the words I tend to abuse the most is “need.” “I need a new swimsuit.” “We need a new blender.” “I need a better computer bag.” It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. When did desire become the mother of consumerism?

While some things in my life are genuine necessities, I’m beginning to see that too many things I consider to be necessary in my life really aren’t. Should I own a comb? Absolutely. Do I need three hairbrushes, a comb set, a hair dryer, a straightener, a curling iron, $200 worth of product, and a basket full of clips, bows, and headbands? Nope. None of those things are bad. Owning all of those things is perfectly fine. But they aren’t necessities. The same goes for clothing, kitchen appliances, furniture, and even technology.

As I downsize my life and re-prioritize, I’m trying to distinguish what I actually need from what I only want.

And for the record, I really, really want a new computer bag.

Minimalist Wardrobe Challenge: What To Do With the Old Stuff

So now that I’ve decided to ditch all but my 12 items, I have a suitcase full of clothes I’m not going to wear anymore. Some of these got used as costume pieces in my film, Several will get sent to Goodwill.

And then there are the few that will get repurposed into something else entirely. I tackled three sweaters last night, and here’s what I got:

Mittens and Scrappy Scarf:

Mittens from bottom hem. scarf from… well, everything else. ๐Ÿ™‚

Neck warmer and Arm Bracers:

Neck warmer from turtleneck (I added the buttons), bracers from the sleeves (they already had the hook closures!)

Boot Covers:

From sleeves. (I added the buttons on these, too.)

Ta-da! ๐Ÿ™‚