In a more style-related conversation, thanks to my new employer’s relaxed policy on work-wear I get to enjoy wearing the majority of my current wardrobe to work as I please. This is an exciting change for me after being in uniformed roles for many years while I balanced work with personal projects. Suddenly being able to wear what I want seven days a week is an extraordinary freedom and one my wardrobe may be unprepared for.
I received a comment on my 2014 wardrobe resolution post that gave me cause to think a lot about my philosophy on ownership. Up until now I’d been referring to it as a kind of minimalism; but thanks to this reader’s prompting I can see that it is the wrong phrasing. I do own too many things to be considered a minimalist, even if I don’t own that much compared to other personal style bloggers.
It’s hard to believe that within just one month of writing that post how dramatically my circumstances altered. As tempting as it is, I’m going to try not to use this change as an excuse to buy a mountain of new clothes simply because I feel threatened (although I suppose I do to a degree).
I am really looking forward to seeing how I can capitalise on the versatility of the things I already own and recognising on a new level where there might be unidentified gaps. I still firmly feel that jackets present the least represented category in my wardrobe but I’m already finding that they’re not the most useful category for getting dressed in under five minutes in the morning. I don’t want to abandon my resolution – I’m just going need to approach each new purchase with serious consideration.
A good friend of mine recently moved from Sydney to Seattle and I’ve been enjoying reading her thoughts about how such a dramatic change of climate has effected her wardrobe. I’d love to open a discussion on how lifestyle changes (as opposed the way our style naturally evolves) impact our wardrobes and how you may have dealt with it.