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I'm Done Wearing Pants (aka My Ideal Wardrobe Style Guide)

April 9, 2018

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Oh yes, that's it.  No more pants for me.  Pants and I are over.


I currently have 6 things crossed off my newest 101 list.  Technically, technically, my 101 in 1001 list didn't actually start until April 1.  I may have started some of them in March.  But that is neither here nor there because let's get real, I'm going to finish it before the stated end of the time frame anyway, like I always do as I always do, and one of the goals I was most excited to tackle was #96, creating a style guide for my ideal wardrobe.  I actually think it was one of the first ones I put on this list.  For a number of reasons.  

First of all, I love capsule wardrobes - I think it's incredibly simplifying to my life to cut down on the decisions I make each day, and what to wear and what to buy in terms of clothes are high stressors on my personal daily decisions list.  Not all women like shopping, friends, that's a myth!  I mastered a small wardrobe many years ago and I've been enjoying it ever since.  Who can wash all her clothes in a single load each week or pack their entire closet contents into one carry on sized suitcase?  This girl.  [I have a whole series on making your own capsule wardrobe, if that's something you're interested in.  Link goes to 5th and final post but includes links to previous 4.  It includes lists and pictures of what my wardrobe used to consist of, and you'll see some overlap since I didn't just up and dump all my belongings.]  Minimalism can mean many things, but I'd say my closet is what people generally think of when they hear that word.  So while I didn't necessarily need to cut things down anymore, I did think that creating a style guide would help streamline my thoughts about my closet and help when buying pieces to replace anything worn out.

Second of all, I think you should always love what you're wearing.  A lot of women (myself included) have these go to outfits that make them feel amazing.  It could be because it's the perfect color, fits like a glove, the fabric is just right, or all of the above.  Which is great, but why can't every outfit in my closet make me feel like that?  And, if I've only got a week to 10 days worth of clothes anyway, shouldn't I frickin' love every single thing?  Yes, yes I should.  I figured that creating my guide would prevent me from buying an item that was just 'okay' because it was there and cheap at the time I needed it.  I'm most guilty of this when it comes to color choices because winter clothes tend to be black or very dark, which doesn't suit me.  Instead, I could know exactly what to look for and take my time finding that perfect piece, even if it means spending a little more.  Quality over quantity, and all that.

And third, the most important reason, was that not everything in my wardrobe was totally reflective of me.  Even if I thought I liked it or needed it.  The main thing?  I really dislike wearing pants.  They just aren't comfortable and they aren't flattering and they never live up to what I want my wardrobe to feel like (feminine, pretty, etc.)  I just kept them, and sweaters (which I'm also not that fond of), because it gets cold here in the winter and I felt like they're a requirement.  Well no more, because I know that's nonsense since fleece lined tights are 1000% warmer than jeans.  Plus, again, the color thing, dark clothes don't feel like me.

Spring and Summer Wardrobe (11)

  • 4 Work Dresses
  • 3 Casual Dresses
    • Including a yellow one and a blue or pink cotton one
  • 1 Chambray Button Up
  • 1 Long Grey Cardigan
  • 1 Ivory Cardigan
  • 1 Light Beige Trench Coat

Fall and Winter Wardrobe (8)

  • 4 Work Dresses
    • Including an ivory sweater dress
  • 3 Casual Dresses
  • 1 Beige (or blush, but currently beige is what I own) Winter Coat

Shoes (8)

  • Comfortable Neutral Sandals (like the ones I walk around street fests in)
  • Dressy Wedges
  • Neutral Flats
  • Cowboy Boots
  • Riding Boots
  • OTK Boots
  • Snow Boots
  • Sneakers
I hate shoes so much that the fact that it's even up to 8 pairs is surprising to me.

Weather Specific Accessories (4)

  • Swimsuit
  • Gloves
  • 1 Hat
  • 1 Scarf

Workout (5)

  • 2 Tank Tops
  • 1 Pair of Pants
  • 1 Pair of Shots
  • Sports Bra
I do not care enough about working out to own anything more than this.

PJs and Underwear (38)

Does it not drive you crazy when a minimalist blogger says 'I have a 40 piece wardrobe!' and then doesn't include lounge wear or socks or underwear in that count?  Is that just me?  Drives me bonkers.

  • 14 Pairs of Underwear 
  • 7 Pairs of Ankle Socks
  • 7 Pairs of Tights or Thigh High Socks
    • It doesn't matter how many of which style, just as long as it equals 7
  • 3 Bras
    • 2 Nude and 1 Black.  Am I supposed to have more?  I dunno.
  • 2 Satin Slips
  • 1 Satin Robe
  • 2 Pairs of PJ Pants
  • 2 Long Sleeve PJ Shirts

Special Occasion Wear (5)

The only exception I made to my no pants rule falls under my special occasion category, and that's a pair of jeans for sporting events.  The reason is this: you can't do a keg stand in a dress.  Okay that's not the only reason (but it is true.)  It's really hard to pair fan wear with my dresses.  Obviously if I go tailgating in Iowa, which happens once a year and then once here in Chicago if they play at Northwestern that year, I need to wear the Hawkeye clothes!  I have an Iowa plaid shirt that I love, reeeeally doesn't look right over any of my dresses, I gotta say.  Nor does one of John's Blackhawk jerseys if we go to hockey games, which also happens with regularity.  I've tried.  So I keep one pair of jeans for those times.  Here's my full list of special occasion wear:

  • 1 Black Dress
  • 1 Pair of Jeans
  • 1 Skirt (if I'm wearing fan wear and it's too hot for jeans, I'll wear the skirt. Only because I already have a Ted Baker white skirt I love.)
  • 1 Plaid Iowa Flannel
  • 1 Blackhawks Zip Up Hoodie

If you're more of a visual person, my Pinterest sub-board dedicated to this can be found here.  So check #96 off the 101 list, my style guide is officially complete!  If you're bad/lazy at math and wondering what that all adds up to - 27 for the basic wardrobe + shoes, and 79 total for everything including socks, special occasion wear, workout clothes, etc.  I did start this post by saying I've mastered the minimalist closet.

The next part of the process is making the wardrobe I own fully match up with this ideal list.  It's surprisingly pretty close, but I do need to declutter my pants and sweaters still and assess what items I'm missing and need to purchase, which is #90 on the 101 list.



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