I looked at the list realizing that I could substitute three dresses I had for the three dresses I drew... and actually have that dream. It was September already, so I decided to add a cotton cardigan, a long sleeved indigo tee to layer, a pair of Toms, and a pair of flip-flops. With this stack of 14 pieces, I decided to try out my simple wardrobe for a month or maybe six weeks before the weather got cooler. It worked a treat. I felt like I had plenty of choices. I liked what I had. I didn't feel like I was depriving myself. I was content + satisfied. I loved it.
So, I've been making a new stack of around 12-16 pieces every month now for a full year. I didn't take a stack picture every month, but 9 out of 12 are kind of fun to see together here. Pieces get traded in and out over time to reflect the weather, and that provides me with a little more variety... in my own head any way. I haven't bought a whole lot of new pieces, but I notice when different pieces rotate in. I feel like I have enough.
I've kept the total number of my pieces of everyday clothing and shoes under 50 items. This is not a magic number. It just feels comfortable for me. I've been able to track the comings + goings in my closet more easily month by month. This is just a way for me to hold myself accountable + be aware of my consuming.
Now for year two. :)