WIW and Thoughts, minimal closet week 2

Week 2 of living with a small closet.  I repeated outfits and liked it :)  

It was warm this week, and I wanted to exclusively wear my two summer dresses.  But after they both needed washing, I decided to try my chambray shirt without a tank underneath.  It was so cool and breezy that now I want to wear nothing else!

Only three outfits to show - the others were just grubs for house and yard work, and repeats :)

#1-#2 - the chambray shirt with darkwash denim pedal pushers.  My VIP outfit for the week.  Cool, breezy and still covered.

#3 the cobalt-black striped dress.  The armhole gapes :(  I think I'm going to sew it up a bit, because the dress is perfect for over-warm days.

Outfits worn but not shown: the black Eileen Fisher drape dress from Susie - worn to work from home on a really hot day, a 'grubby' outfit for painting and cleaning the basement,  and an orange tee with jean shorts for spending the day with my kids at the zoo.  Whenever we go somewhere with lots of crowds, the kids and I always wear orange tees - not only is it easy to find and notice my kids, but complete strangers will alert me when one walks off :)  My tee was a grubby one swiped from my hubby which reads "because I'm a mean old grouch".  I wish it wasn't stained - I'd probably swipe it frequently.  I had considered wearing the Eileen Fisher one for that outing but was afraid of ruining it, and it's a much darker orange than the kids wear - the tee I swiped is a bright florescent orange, so we all matched.

I love that Eileen Fisher drape dress.   It's just as comfy as the cobalt/black stripe one, and more sophisticated and polished.  A real winner!  

Posting two outfits for the whole week seems kinda boring.  I can see why Claire doesn't post a daily WIW :)

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  • Sara L. replied 8 years ago

    Both seem like good outfits for hot summer days.  I see what you mean about the EF dress gaping.  Wearing a black bra or cami would make it less conspicuous, but I'm sure with your sewing skills you can fix the armhole problem.

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    It's not the EF dress that gapes - this one is an Old Navy cheapo :)  And it won't be hard to fix - it's just setting down to do it.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Busted! Yep, my WIW's are pretty uneventful. You're doing a great job though Amy. When I have a handful of things to wear, I find I am much more motivated to attend to the mending and alterations, lol! YMMV, of course. 

    So about the dresses you wanted to wear that were in the laundry. Do you subscribe to the Flylady laundry schedule (a load a day) or do you wait and do a bunch of loads all at once on the weekend? 

    You look breezy and cool in that chambray shirt. Love that outift!

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    Thanks Claire :)

    And my kids actually do the household laundry.  They're supposed to do all the laundry every day (it's right about a load a day), but they don't always keep up with it.  Last week we had Vacation Bible School that we attended, and it messed up with everyone's remembering to take care of their responsibilities.  So laundry pretty much spent a week on hold.  It was better this week.

  • Alana in Canada replied 8 years ago

    Oh good for you to have your kids responsible for the laundry so early! I wish I'd done that. You look great in both outfits! I am glad to her the experiment is going well. Keep posting!

  • Sal replied 8 years ago

    I love your chambray shirt, it looks great with your Birkenstocks. What a comfortable practical stylish look!

  • carter replied 8 years ago

    Love both of these. What are your plans for week 3?

  • Lyn D. replied 8 years ago

    I am enjoying your wardrobe posts Amiable!
    Kudos for going so minimal cold turkey :)

  • Mona replied 8 years ago

    Great outfits and nice to know you are enjoying your small wardrobe.

  • Aquamarine replied 8 years ago

    Great shirt! I would love one exactly like that. The dress will be perfect for you once you sew up the armholes.

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    Both outfits looks great and good for you for getting your kids to do the laundry. Hmm, how old are the laundry doers?

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    #1 looks like a drapey hot weather outfit, it looks very comfortable and has some structure because it's a shirt and not a t.  I don't mind WIWs with only one or two looks, sometimes it's all that's new to show.

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    Thanks everyone.  Having kids do the laundry isn't actually as brilliant as it might seem - favorite items from my closet regularly disappear, and white items often return gray, etc.  It can get very frustrating.

    But I figure it's still valuable training.  Shevia, the youngest one that does laundry is seven.  But the four-year-old helps an older sibling do it.

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    I missed this when you originally posted!  It sounds like wearing just a few of your favorite things is freeing for you --- my favorite piece is the chambray shirt -- it's shape and weight are perfect for you and for summer!

  • Susie replied 8 years ago

    I'm so glad that the dress worked well for you! It looks terrific on you. The shirt sounds perfect- comfortable and breezy yet more polished than a tee.

  • Keturah replied 8 years ago

    'Swonderful outfits!! They are definitely polished, airy, and look extremely nice on you. And I love how you're using a minimal closet! I'm working on a seasonal capsule project -- it's been so freeing to purge my closet, and learn to work with less!

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