The transitional wardrobe simply pulls pieces from each of the other wardrobes to create combinations that work in spring + autumn. Since I haven't been making monthly stacks...this wardrobe hasn't felt quite so simple. Instead of curating smaller collections of clothing, I decided to just keep out all of the pieces that I could wear. As a result, my transitional wardrobe seemed to swell to an uncomfortable size this spring...highlighting the fact that I feel most at ease with less.
Too many pieces all sitting out in my closet made me feel like I had less that worked together...or felt just right. Sometimes all of the not-quite-rights can cloud the view of the good stuff. One pair of my jeans are just the shape that I like the look of, but feel a bit restrictive to wear around the house...where I crawl around on the floor cutting sewing patterns + cleaning...and sit pretzel legged on the couch. One pair of pants looks cool when I stand in front of the mirror, but the movements of the day have me constantly adjusting their shifting wrap waistline. Some pieces just never get chosen, because I'd always rather wear something else. So...a resimplifying seemed to be in order.
The shift of the seasons into my warm weather wardrobe is a great time to reevaluate the past (transitional) season and decide what I want for the season to come. The knowledge of the previous paragraph has given me the zeal to let some things go, to put a couple of pieces aside for tweaking, and to refocus on the simple.
An aside on letting go: The pieces I let go are ones that I still like. I had some thoughts about keeping them + valuing them. I thought about how it is important to mend, care for and repair our clothing...to keep them in rotation for as long as possible in order to keep them out of the landfill. These pieces, however, are in lovely shape...are in style...and I believe with all of my heart will get snapped up and loved, worn, and used by someone else. I feel good about letting someone else appreciate and value them now. I am not letting them go in order to acquire new or better versions. I am letting go in order to simplify.
In order for letting go to lead to a simpler state...we need to stop shopping for more.
comfy (but cute) pants:
-jeans (with a bit of stretch, cut-off cropped + slightly tapered leg)
-elastic waisted sewn pants
simple tees + box top:
-black tees x2
-sewn flowered box top
a few comfy layers:
-indigo long-sleeved tee
-striped 3/4 sleeve tee
a jumpsuit that can be layered + dressed up or down:
footwear that I love:
These are all pieces that I already own. There is no wish list for new pieces. I know that I would have been quite happy with just these pieces this spring!
There. That feels better!