Monday again and before practicing my Tai Chi (oooh! it's really
hard to remember all the moves) for tonight's class, I feel like writing
a 'fashion post' of sorts.
I'm making what hopefully will be some easier to manage wardrobe changes.
This winter I decided to start on minimizing my overloaded closet.
This doesn't mean I've yet completed this project by any stretch of
the imagination. . . . . . . .but I have made some changes and am
definitely working on more. When I pack away my cold weather clothes
come Spring I plan to donate everything I didn't wear.
At my age I don't require so many clothes hanging in closets, folded on
shelves, and stacked in drawers.
I have some favorites I will never part with. I have many items of the past few
years working perfectly for my lifestyle, but I also have a load of lesser loved
clothes which have run their course for one reason or another.
This doesn't mean I'll never not shop for anymore clothes, shoes, bags etc.
Let's face it, I'm only human and admit to being a woman who loves fashion.
Also, between you and me, just today I ordered footwear. . . . . more on that
in another post!
What I'm wanting for my lifestyle when it comes to dressing at this time of my life,
is a cut and dried plan where less is more. It's going to be hard but the outcome
looks promising. Sailing on ships where I've been limited to keeping my
clothing at a minimum due to space, I've discovered life is a lot easier
when you have less to choose from, and even more exciting when your
creative side is tapped into.
I plan to follow the mantra of companies such as Cuyana,
'Fewer, better things.'
This embodies essential pieces for the modern woman
made from premium materials and well constructed.
Eileen Fisher also comes to mind and I often look for sales as regular
prices are high, but I can vouch that her clothes wear very well, the
fabrics are wonderful, my type of elegant fashion - styles are edgy and
never look dated.
I'm also a great J.Jill fan (see below) of many years and have several
now 'almost vintage' pieces of their clothing still wearable and enjoyed.
I think back to my younger days when my wardrobe was similar, much more
sparse (and what I'm aiming for again) mainly because my mother made
many of my clothes, textiles were important to us, and I didn't find what I
wanted to wear in affordable shops. These days, with so many options for
purchasing trendy clothing at cut rate prices, it seems we are lured into
buying far too much. This way of dressing is great for the young, however
perhaps we mature women need less as we downsize not only our wardrobes,
but also many other facets of our lives.
All that said, as I go through my clothes choosing what to pack for my upcoming
somewhat 'wild trip', I decided I will take one dress after all!
Several years ago I purchased a really nice black textured knit dress from J.Jill -
in fact I liked it so much I bought another when it went on sale.
For me it's actually a perfect length worn as an above the knee tunic over leggings
so will be ideal on board the ship as we don't need to take formal clothes.
This little dress can easily be 'dressed up' with scarves or jewelry for evening.
That's something I plan to address also in another post.
Costume jewelry to be exact - not our keepsake pieces marking those
very special dates in our lives - all the other cheapo 'stuff' which gets crammed
into jewelry boxes, little cloth drawstring bags, discarded chocolate boxes!!!
You know where I'm coming from don't you?
Hope this will be a great week wherever you are.
Any plans to reorganize your own wardrobe?
Tips will be appreciated.
The lovely Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo can help with
organizing and more. I'm pulling my copy of Spark Joy out of the
bookcase right now!
Please note, I'm not involved in any advertising on my blog - any companies' products I name are only because I use/wear the items myself.