What I Packed For 9 Days of Travel + What I Came To Learn About My Extreme Minimalist Wardrobe
We recently traveled to Seattle and Bellingham for a total of 9 days. When it came to packing I packed up (almost) ALL of my clothes except one dress, a black cropped jumpsuit, my clogs and a few workout clothes items.
This was the first time in the last year that I have worn ‘real’ clothes every day and by day four it was evident that I just don’t have enough clothes. I ended up doing two loads of laundry for my family while at our Airbnb just so that I would have enough clothes to last the entire trip plus I ended up having to purchase one t-shirt so that I would have enough tops to make it through the final day. Now if you don’t have kids one laundry load probably would be enough but the thing is having kids means drops of ice cream, snotty noses and dirty hands are all over my clothes in a matter of minutes.
While I am working towards living a more intentional life, filled with less things my minimalist wardrobe is not one of choice as much as a result of my postpartum weight and struggle to lose the weight, the struggle to define my style, the struggle to find sizes that fit and flatter my body and the struggle to find quality clothes that fit in my tiny wardrobe budget. These are the items I brought with me (aka my entire wardrobe):
- Black Gap Nursing Dress
- Black Shorts Romper (didn’t wear)
- 1 Pair Ankle Jeans
- 1 Pair Distressed Step-hem Ankle Jeans
- Grey Tee
- 2 Black Tee
- Army Green Tee
- Black & White Striped Tee
- Black Blouse Tank
- Tan Slides
- Denim Jacket (didn’t wear)
- 2 Pairs of Cropped Workout Leggings
- 2 Workout Tees
- Native Flip Flops
- Nike Runners
In total I own (shoes + daywear – excludes activewear): 16 items
I’d really like to have more of a capsule wardrobe which generally consists of 30-40 pieces but at this point even that seems like an incredibly expensive and daunting task.
The thing is having 4 of the same t-shirt in different colors (yes they are all exactly the same) to pair with two pairs of pants is boring and slightly depressing. It’s becoming even clearer to me that the way in which I dress and present myself to the world impacts my confidence, my productivity and my overall mood. I am not looking to be some fashionista who sets trends or even someone who completely follows them but rather I want to feel like each day I got dressed with intention and not just to cover my body up.
So share with me how does what you wear impact your day to day life? If you are a plus size women where do you shop?
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