The basic personal uniform. Have you heard of this trend? There is a movement among many Americans in the middle of this over-indulged, over-stuffed spaces, Christmas and gift-giving season. Sure, we want to give our friends and families tokens of appreciation, but do we want to be bogged down with more…..stuff.
Stuff. Feeling stuffed. Being stuffed. Stuffed closets. Shelves and cabinets overflowing — or is this just my home? Do you purge before holidays?
Especially with Christmas literally around the corner…Live Lightly!
I’ve tackled a lot of purging projects, but when it comes to my wardrobe: some projects are easier than others.
First, let me tell you — when we’ve moved from home to home, I usually allow my closet be the last refuge for boxes unpacked, toys not yet ready to be parted with, and of course, clothes. Clothes I love, clothes that aren’t mine, clothes that are a couple sizes too small that I just know I’ll lose a few pounds (gain muscle!) and feel great in.
But, what do I wear now? Well, after my surgery, my body changed. The shape, the size: everything. I had been thinking about this whole “uniform” and was intrigued. I think of a uniform and I think of private school children in school sanctioned duds, nurses and doctors in scrubs, professional men in the same suits and starched white shirts with a variety of ties. None of these “uniforms” appealed to me.
But as I began reading more about the minimalist movement, reducing overall consumption and reducing our environmental footprint as humans, women started embracing this idea (did you see the Harper’s Bazaar article?). How could wearing a uniform not only keep you feeling great, streamline your life, yet still allowing for indivual style and taste.
Enter my New England friend. I have a friend who wears the most amazing solid-color, frilly skirts with beautiful heels and fitted tops. It’s her signature style and for her: easy. She wears this year-round in the Pacific Northwest and is always stunning! She owns it, she’s comfortable, she radiates beauty because she knows who she is and is comfortable with her personal style.
Tah Dah: My style is somewhat eclectic, but I feel great these days in dark wash jeans and black shirts or black dresses. Cohesive, easy, and with a couple of pairs of boots to choose from and change it up, it’s my go-to outfit combination.
Of course, I realized now that I rarely take pictures of myself! A rare selfie this fall enjoying a day with my boys. I definitely should plan to take more pictures, especially of my *uniform*, in the near future!
There are several bloggers who inspired me to adopt a more simplistic, easy way to get the day going. If you would like to see a palette of other options, try looking up Anne over at Modern Mrs. Darcy on her *uniform* — anything but ordinary! Life edited has a short for tips on creating your own uniform, a la Steve Jobs-esk.
However, the blog I love with regard to this actually speaks more to my desire to Live Lightly — a 33 piece wardrobe! Whaaaaaaaat?!?!?
Yes! I’m sure I found this in a weekend link from Becoming Minimalist (apologies for not finding it, if you do, pop it in the comments!). Just 33 pieces, not counting undergarments, workout clothes, or bed clothes – Rachel over at Intentionally Simple organizes her garments (clothes!) by season and she has 33 pieces to choose from. She stresses that this works for her, but choosing a number — any number less than what you have now — is a good place to start. (and both Becoming Minimalist and Intentionally Simple are great resources for paring down and opting out of many traps of consumerism).
What changes are you considering as the year draws to a close? Purging closets? Paper? Unhealthy foods, habits, people?
2016 has a lot in store for YOU!
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