Yes, I am an over-thinker. You will have to take me as I am and love me or leave me because there is no changing this brain of mine! Besides, if I wanted to change it I would have to think an awful lot about how to do that! Lately my thoughts have been focused on my closet as a whole, not on how to create individual outfits but on the whole collection of stuff I have accumulated. I have considered the possibility that I have more than I need, and of course the answer is that yes, I do. I have also considered the possibility that I have more than I want and I think there is something in that. Why else would I be responding with "yes, but.." to the people who tell me it's just fine to have what I have and not to worry?
Last night I pulled some items out and put them away in a different closet. They are items I like a lot but which may not really fit with my lifestyle and my general aesthetic. Some of them fit with who I once was, but that is changing a bit and wearing things that don't match that make me feel a bit like I am in costume. I also have a few things that are essentially duplicates. At least four of the black skirts I own are so similar I have to ask if I really need them all. Of course as soon as I ask I answer myself with "yeah but.." So the solution is to put these things that I deem surplus away in a different closet and see if I miss them. Will I go and get something out? Will I forget they are there? It remains to be seen.
Next I turned all of the warmer weather clothing so that the hangers are backwards on the dowel. Each item has to earn its place by being worn. That seems quite fair to me. For whatever reason, I am happy with stacks of books all over my home, and piles of sliver bangles on my dresser, content to keep a basket overflowing with pretty scarves I may not wear often, but the clothing that hangs in my closet is begging me to be pared down to much loved and frequently worn items. There may not be any logic in this or any way of saying oh yes well that fits completely with your identity as a minimalist/maximalist or whatever label might be applied to my identity. For some reasons having the questionable items hanging in my closet is bothering me. it may also be the fact that my closet has no door which is causing me the trouble. Everything is visible all the time.
Finally I have decided there are a few things I have been slow to recognise or perhaps resistant to acknowledging.
Being minimalist or maximalist is polarised thinking and of course I am somewhere on the spectrum. I am just not sure quite where. I might, on a whim, even say my style is minimalist boho, which I rather like for it's tendency towards oxymoron.
What I really want is to throw my clothes on and go, minimal effort and in the same vein as Parisienne Chic only without the same clothes. NOTE: no white button down shirts for me!
I wear jeans a lot. I just have to get over it and embrace them. Skirts were part of my teaching world and when I was a teacher I wore a skirt every day. It worked but it isn't working for me now. I love skirts but am wearing them less and that's okay. It will take a bit of time for me to figure out how many I need or want.
Not everything that I like the look of works for me. It may look good to my eye but not feel comfortable or appropriate to my life. It may not feel right.
I can have a staying home style and a going out style and they don't have to be identical.
I probably got a bit carried away with accumulating things for my going out style. I've played with it and now I'm ready to edit it and leave it alone for awhile. I need to concentrate more on the staying at home style.
These two are keepers. I'd wear them home or out. I haven't bothered to accessorise, since I was home all day when I wore these two outfits. I don't even bother with shoes if I'm home unless I want to take out the garbage or check the mail. I try not to do those things very often.
These shoes are also an experiment. I wondered if I would find nude flats useful. They aren't exactly 'nude' as they aren't quite my skin tone but they were a very inexpensive and not real leather experiment. They aren't very comfortable though they are kind of cute.
At home I am sure to be wearing my signature accessories: My ubiquitous silver earrings, the rings I never take off, a belt to hold up the pants, my glasses and a makeup free face. That's a signature look I practically wake up with every day. Now that meets my criteria of effortless!
I'm linking up to Patti's Visible Monday which is also quite effortless and always worthwhile. For women much more stylish than I am, trot on over and check out the other bloggers who've joined in.