My Minimalism: Work / Athletic Apparel
The first installment of my new series "My Minimalism". This series is meant only to be an inspiration for your personal journey not a prescription for how your minimalism will look. We all have different values and therefore our roads to minimalism will all look different. I will only be sharing my personal belongings, instead of giving a full tour of my home.
I have broken my wardrobe into a couple of sections for simplification. The first is my work / athletic apparel. If you are not familiar with my work and are wondering why the two are combined, as a yoga teacher and massage therapist, I spend the majority of my work day in yoga clothes. For you, if you work in more formal setting, obviously these categories would be completely different. For my daily use, this is the bulk of my apparel. Having said that, I would like to add at this point, that I do not wear clothing from this category when I am not working or exercising. I will address the rest of my wardrobe in a separate post that includes the clothes I wear for leisure, shopping, social activities, etc.
One of the biggest things that has made simplifying all of my wardrobe easier is sticking to one main color palette. As you can see the clothing pictured is all in shades of blue, turquoise and white. Some of you may find this very restrictive. If so, then obviously this ingredient of my minimalism may not work for you. For me it simplifies choosing clothing in the morning as most of the items are easily interchangeable. In addition, when I do decide to shop for something to add to my wardrobe it is easy to scan a store and know if they even carry anything that will work in the color palette I have chosen.
Specifically in the photo above, (from left to right) you will see my tank tops and t-shirts, long leggings and running shorts, and Capri pants. Note: I did eliminate a few more items after this picture was taken. Since I am in southwest Florida, I don't need much in terms of cold weather exercise clothing. I just layer up when I run in the winter. I do have a few long sleeve tops that I wear for yoga when needed, but as they are multipurpose, they are stored with and will be discussed in my next post with the rest of my wardrobe.
To the right, you will see a small drawer that simply houses sports bras - super glamorous I know, but I wanted to show you everything. A few of these are due to be replaced. When they are, it will be one in, one out. In future purchases, I will probably stick to only navy or white to further simplify.
If you are looking to simplify your wardrobe, you may want to consider a program called "Project 333" by Courtney Carver (Be More with Less). Briefly, the principle is to use a total of 33 items from your wardrobe for 3 months (presumably one season). Courtney's plan includes shoes and accessories, but you can modify this for yourself. The rest of the wardrobe gets packed away and re-evaluated in the next 3 month period. I will admit I have not tried this program yet, but I do find it intriguing and will be incorporating this plan for my next vacation.
Stay tuned for my next installment that encompasses the rest of my wardrobe.