Minimising my wardrobe

minimise wardrobe

When is having too much clothes a problem? And when is it time to do something about it?

These questions have gone through my head for the past month, well really for more time than that, but I have only become productive about it recently. Yesterday I actually started sorting through my wardrobe and had a big purge of items I didn’t need or want anymore.

I knew I had a lot of clothes, but it’s amazing to see it there in a pile. It really brings it to reality. And the sad thing is not the amount, but the amount of clothes I didn’t wear. I seemed to be collecting and collecting piece after piece. The majority of the items were bought from op shops. I love op shopping, but the great low prices and bargains are a hoarders collectors dream. And I have collected a lot of stuff over the years, that are just hanging there never worn. Those supposed bargains are just wasted money just sitting there. As I see it that money could of been saved up to actually buy something I would use regularly, or spent on a nice relaxing holiday.

I decided to minimise my wardrobe as I realised I don’t wear most of my clothes, and I keep going back to a few essentials I wear most days. These unworn items are just dead space in my closet. Seeing many of my items not being worn makes me sad, as well as frustrated. Going to my wardrobe was not a good experience, fuelled by the fact that I’m not the most organised person, you can imagine how messy the wardrobe can get.

Coming back from a three week European holiday in June, I have realised how my hard earned money and energy can and should be used. This has spurred me to actually do something and clear out my closet, and eventually spend less money on clothes and materialistic things, and spend more time and energy on creating art and saving up to go travel and experience things.

Fifty years ago many people didn’t have the extensive wardrobes we have today. How many dresses does a girl need anyway? And I’m more at peace with the thought of not having a heap load of clothes to choose from when I get ready at the start of my day.

Getting rid of those unworn items is a great feeling. I feel more free and light. I can now enjoy what I do have, and I can actually see and find what I need, which is a plus.

I definitely wouldn’t call myself a minimalist, I’m probably the exact opposite,  but I think a bit of minimalist thinking is beneficial in our lives. While doing research on this topic I found an abundance of articles and blog posts that have helped me out.

Here are some links I found useful and thought provoking:

♥ Very informative 10 step process to get your wardrobe where you want it.

http://www.everydayminimalist.com/?p=7763

♥ Some simple questions to ask yourself while creating your minimal closet.

http://grechenscloset.com/minimal-closet-questions/

♥ Xandra’s blog is joyful to go through (and I’m loving her podcasts on youtube, the name is FabulosiTEA). I love her minimalist wardrobe approach, and her blog mantra of ‘less stuff, more sparkle’. Go have a look at her blog and her podcasts.

http://fashionablylight.com/daily-outfits/

♥ This article is great, I think question 7 (Do I feel confident when I wear this?) is perfect, and I definitely used it while I was deciding what to keep and what to throw away.

http://theeverygirl.com/7-questions-to-ask-when-cleaning-out-your-closet

Hopefully these links help you too. You might not do a complete wardrobe overhaul, but maybe it will start your thought process and get you on your way to organise or even minimise your wardrobe.

Happy minimising!

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Outfit love from the past

Photo by Vivian Maier

Photo by Vivian Maier

I just came upon this image on the net, and I was immediately taken by it. Especially by the women on the right. I was draw by her outfit; the pretty sheer lace blouse, the floral pleated skirt, the plastic embroidered purse, her cat eye glasses and her pretty waved hair with her fringe slightly pinned to the side. What is not to love?

This is the type of outfit I would love to wear everyday. This photo reminded me of this. Although I would love to wear this type of outfit I would fear ruing it,  as being an artist, I would get paint on it. So a girl can still dream!

I also love Vivian Maier’s other photographs as well. They capture life in another era with a different eye and emotion. It seems like street photography is such a new phenomenon, but it shows you people were doing it before it was cool. And thankfully they did. Otherwise we wouldn’t have seen how life was, and I wouldn’t of seen this lady’s beautiful outfit.

 

Do you have any vintage outfits you dream of?

Marie Antoinette Costume

I went to a friends costume birthday party last friday and I decided to go as Marie Antoinette. I loved how people tried to guess who I was, some said ghost one person said Marilyn Monroe …..yes I think he was drunk.

It was a fun night, filled with friends, music and food!

I’m wearing the white cotton top I bought the other day, a white and blue stripped skirt which is actually a dress (I tucked the top bit under neath). A blue mesh shawl. A white rhinestone belt I’ve had lying about from Forever New, on sale! A white wig I styled. A small hat, that I attached a bird too. Some thrifted rhinestone and pearl necklaces. My thrifted gold and rhinestone bracelets. And the gold shoes I thrifted awhile ago, to which I attached some shoe clips, that I made.

For people who want to know how I did my make up and hair keep reading:

For the white powdered look, I used some water activated face/body paint and put it all over my face and neck. I used some lipstick as a blusher, which I dabbed on my cheeks and blended until it looked smooth. Then I shaped my lips into a cupids bow. I thought my eyes needed something extra so I placed some blue eyeshadow on the lids, to bring out the blue stripes in my skirt. I finished off the eyes with some white mascara, and white eyeliner on my waterline. And I drew on a cute love heart beauty mark on my cheek. 

With my hair, I created a bun and slipped the wig on top of it. I sliced the crown of the wig so I could pop the bun through. I then grabbed sections of the wig and pinned them all over the bun with bobby pins, until all of my bun was covered by the wig.  I think it worked quite well! I used lots of hairspray, both on my hair and the wig. I then pinned the hat on.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! And it was really fun getting dressed up and gathering the bits and pieces for the costume.

And like any good party we left early in the morning, the next day!

Marie Antoinette costume

Oriental bag + shoes

Last Saturday I went op shopping and bought a couple of things. I purchased a pretty oriental bag, bronze 1930s style T-strap shoes, red wooden round earrings made in West Germany, a white bead necklace and an amazing Avon pendant necklace.

I love the chain of the pendant necklace, and how it has an art deco style to it. It’s very interesting and love the painted flower design on the ceramic pendant.

Hope you had fun shopping this week!

1960s peignoir + dress

Here are some of my finds form Savers I bought a couple of weeks ago. I found a 1960s dress with an amazing pattern. It also has a pussy bow tie, which is such a bonus! I also found an amazing pale yellow 1960s night gown and peignoir set. I always wanted one of these sets, they seem very feminine and romantic. You can imagine a movie starlet fluttering her way through her beautiful home in the 60s wearing one of these sets. I also found a tan wool felt hat. I didn’t find anything else, but I think I found some great items, all under the style of the 1960s.

What have you found lately?

50s style top + brown gloves

I bought this beautiful top last week from my local Savers while I was out op shopping with a friend. The top has a painterly pattern, and a 1950s style to it with a secretary neckline. It was hanging there separated from the rest of the shirts, waiting for me to snap it up, and I’m glad I did!  I absolutely love the neckline, which can be tied in a bow! I love bows!

 

The other day I also re-found a pair of gloves I bought some months ago from a trash and treasure market. I totally forgot about them until I was looking for my hot rollers I bought on the same day as the gloves. I love it when this happens!

  Hope you had luck with your op shop purchases!

Adriana xo