Here are some photos from Instagram taken over the summer. Many good memories and many great people. Blue shoes I had never worn bought in Barcelona, living in my closet, asking "Wheeeen are we going to get worn?" finally being worn for Genya's last night in Paris. I have a closet full of shoes, but I still manage to feel like I don't have any most of the time. I have four or five pairs that I wear too often, so I get scared that I'll wear them out. I try to rotate, but some shoes are for fancy occasions, not every day wear. When I was working as a waitress, I really didn't need any of my shoes because I didn't want to get them dirty. I bought a cheap pair of black sneakers at Decathlon and wore them to work every day. There is a certain peace of mind that comes with wearing a uniform. Not that I did for work, but at least I didn't have to give any thought to the shoes I would be wearing.
When I lived in Spain as a child, I did have a uniform. I remember looking up to the twelve or thirteen year olds who no longer wore uniforms. They seemed like the most sophisticated, educated adults ever. Boy, everything seems different once you're older. I don't remember my thoughts about wearing a uniform (I'll have to ask my mom) but I remember wanting to be their age so I could wear my own clothes, so... I guess I wasn't a fan?
Today, I've read posts and even entire blogs about people who wear uniforms to work every day. This one girl looked for the perfect shirt and perfect pair of pants, bought four or five of each, and wore that outfit to work every day. Apparently some of the most successful people wear the same thing every single day (did the first person you think of wear a black turtleneck? yep) Then there is the capsule wardrobe movement. And the minimalist movement. This girl had a blog called un-fancy in which she posts pictures of her capsule wardrobe outfits. And it's great!
Last year, I definitely had myself a little make-up bag clean-up party and what resulted in the most minimalist of make-up bags – and I love it. I never think about my make-up. Now I want to be able to have that good of a clean-up party with my wardrobe. What I like about the capsule wardrobe is that you don't have to get rid of all your clothes, you can just rotate. How I would love to be like Leo and own, like, two shirts and two pairs of jeans and call it a day, but I have a lot of things I love to wear, and I'm not making that drastic a change quite yet. But the idea of picking 30 to 40 items that aaaaall work with each other, and the idea that you don't have to think about what you're going to wear every morning for three hours... I like that, I like that a lot. In a way, I had a capsule closet for a month in Colombia! haha. I don't have too many clothes there. I probably have 40 items. (I'm in!)
In this Becoming a Minimalist article, the first reason for a minimalist, capsule wardrobe is to end decision fatigue. Yes! I can't do this anymore. I can't put so much thought and effort into what I'm going to wear, what I'm going to eat (more on capsule kitchen in the future haha), I want to focus on music, on work, on travel, on everything that actually matters.
Look for more thoughts like these in "minimalism" tab... Any good articles or blogs or books out there you can recommend?