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Letter to My Children : Minimalist Wardrobe

Dear children,

I wrote this entry some time ago and decided to publish it today as we had a conversation about clothes not too long ago. 

Aim of a minimalist wardrobe? To look well pulled together very quickly!

I commented that day to you it’s no use having lots of clothes, whether it is neatly folded and categorized (or not)if they do not actualise in something that can be put together in a jiffy for going out.

Mum’s tip: A best way to know what your ‘minimalist’ wardrobe is is to note what you pack when planning to go overseas . On such trips, one ends up packing very mercilessly as everything has a function to play – one does not pack excessively because just think of all those clothes you have to unpack, wash and iron after you arrive home. So yeap, the ones you pack on a trip potentially form the backbone of your minimalist wardrobe.

What is a capsule wardrobe, you asked? Apparently, it is a personal wardrobe which limits a person to a certain number of pieces per ‘season’ or you only wear at a certain ‘time’ of the year. Mum’s clothes are pretty pared down already: my ‘cold season’ meaning winter clothing for sub – zero temps are the only ones put away. I have mastered the fine art of ‘layering’ and ‘simplification’ so my capsule wardrobe contains workout clothes, special occasion clothes as well as the daily wears aligned as one because I am a minimalist.

Also one of the things I do every year is ‘purge’ my wardrobe. As I ‘transform’ in my lifestyle, priorities and habits year on year (I could use the word ‘evolve’), there are certain clothes that no longer serve their function for me. I also purge items that no longer fit and poor quality pieces eg. made out of ‘not-so-good’ fabric that have undergone wear and tear after just one or two washings…

Whilst doing all the above, I am also taking note and making a list of the sort of clothes I will NOT buy in future:

’Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.’ — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Some time back, I had also learnt from a drama  (yes, one can learn from dramas) that a lady executive would bring a picture of a clothes item and present it to the boutique assistant to help her find her something to match the clothing. So I guess if you have a favourite item in your wardrobe that you are loathe to part with, this might be something to do if you wish to keep that item, but have nothing to team it with and would need a bit of help whilst shopping.

All these quarterly wardrobe ‘emptying’ allows Mum to see the final clothes I have and I just simply wear from this set – which is great because I am wearing pieces I like. At same time, my constant ‘editing’ of my wardrobe lets me see where are the gaps (of which I will note down/ take a picture) and do the necessary plugging up , avoiding unnecessary spendings and mental energy spent, for example trying to figure out what to wear daily.

You have asked me why I have ‘so many’ clothes. I don’t have ‘many’ clothes – I just have clothes that work for me when I need them <3

Your loving mum

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