The Random Writings of Rachel: Wardrobe Variety (Or Lack of It)

Wardrobe Variety (Or Lack of It)




While we were walking home from the mall the other day, Angel told me that his end goal, as far as clothing goes, it to only own short-sleeved baby blue shirts, and dark-colored pants and shorts. He claims that his long-term plan, which will take years to enact, is to replace all clothing that wears out with only baby blue, short-sleeved shirts, and dark-colored bottoms.

This statement helped me understand why he was recently looking at a baby blue t-shirt at Wal-mart when he already owns three. It also made me laugh, because anyone who knows my family knows that my beloved grandfather has a wardrobe consisting solely of baby blue, long-sleeved collared shirts, and black dress pants, so Angel's wardrobe aspirations sounded startlingly familiar.

I still find this desire rather odd. Angel went on to tell me that ever since we've moved to China, he hasn't been stressed about choosing clothes for the day, because he now owns only a mere fraction of his former wardrobe. Like me, Angel hasn't grown since middle school, which meant that before we left America, he'd acquired a large wardrobe over the past 15 years or so. I used to flop myself down on the bed and tease him as he tried on a variety of different shirt and jeans or shirt and tie combos while getting ready for church or a date.

I hate changing clothes, and can never be prevailed upon to do it unless absolutely necessary, so once I'm dressed, I'm not changing till I go to bed at night. I used to joke about how much longer Angel took to get ready than I did, because he had to change into 4 or 5 different outfits before he had come up with something he liked for the day.

In China, we don't have the luxury of owning clothes other than clothes that fit great, look good, and wear well. Angel's small clothes collection gives him much fewer choices when getting dressed than he ever had before, and he's found that he likes it that way.

On the other hand...I can't imagine ever wanting more than one of anything in my closet. I will not be filling my wardrobe with baby blue t-shirts, thank you very much. I enjoy variety. I enjoy picking out drastically different colors and outfits to wear from day to day. I've always liked my wardrobe--when it was bigger, and now that it's small too, because I only buy clothes that I love, and I get a kick out of mixing and matching things in my closet. I've never felt wardrobe stress, and I've never taken off an outfit that I put on before bed, unless I have a really, really pressing reason to change clothes. For example: I'm going swimming, someone spilled ketchup on me, or I was suddenly informed that I'm going out to a fancy restaurant for dinner. I really, really detest changing clothes, so it has to be a good reason.

I'm one of those people who find a silly sort of joy in opening the closet and seeing a rainbow of much-loved, well-worn items just begging to be worn in non-scientific, mis-matched ensembles. My husband prefers a closet with little to no choices. What about you?

32 comments:

  1. Those shoes are adorable!! I love them!

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  2. I think most women prefer a large wardrobe but I can sure get lost in all of it so smaller may be better

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  3. Loved your dress! Lately I just have 'uniform' type of clothes because I'm doing my masters and well sometimes you have to step it up to a more 'formal' level. It's like my perfect combination of not having to think about what I wear so much but with pops of color with statement necklaces, colorful scarves and blazers!

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  4. I swear! You look cute is everything you put on! Adorable!

    Rosemond
    www.bighairandbooks.blogspot.com

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  5. Lovely post. I'm definitely a 'rainbow staring back at me' closet kinda girl......simply can't imagine ever wanting to only have multiples of the same item in my closet (Oh, the horror!).....I also really really don't like changing my clothes during the day, unless is back to pyjamas late afternoon-time (which signals 'we can relax now, thank goodness')...love your outfit choice in the photo! The orange is such a lovely shade and the shoes are just fab!!!!

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  6. Very lovely, the orange dress is beautiful and you look so cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Valerie
    xoxox

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  7. Both my husband and myself like variety. It is the spice of life after all : ) But I'm sure you knew that is how I'd answer.

    I like the shirt tied over the dress.

    When I travelled I had to make due with the small wardrobe that I had and it taught me loads about mixing and matching.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. I love your orange dress!! Bright colors are so perfect for spring and summer :)

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  9. I like a little of both. I prefer my closet to be on the smaller side, but I do love having pieces that I really enjoy wearing (for one reason or another). I think both approaches are great. I have a really neutral wardrobe where everything sort of mixes and matches, but I think it's great that you love to wear color (and it looks great on you)!

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  10. Angel never fails to crack me up. If I REALLY love something, I'll buy multiples...but in assorted colors. It's hard to find a good fit so I take advantage when I can.

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  11. This is so interesting!! I think my husband and I both like the idea of having choices, but usually end up picking the same pieces week after week. Which is why I have a capsule wardrobe... and why he takes up a quarter of the closet! ;)

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  12. I think I'm probably in between the two of you but man he is super on the side of limited options! Once I got my husband clothes that actually fit him well and were more fun he has LOVED having more options.

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  13. I used to love changing clothes. Now that I am currently growing a small planet, I have to be convinced to put on clothes!!

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  14. I change clothes almost as soon as I get home from work, because I can't wear sweatpants to work and I want to wear them at all other times. But for the most part, I really don't have a hard time choosing what to wear (this is, of course, BEFORE I got pregnant). Now it takes 3x as long to decide what to wear, mostly because I keep having to retire pairs of pants because they're too small. Oh gosh.

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  15. oh we are so very similar with our dislike of changing clothes! i won't do it...(unless it's a workout) once it's on it's on. i totally spend way too much energy sometimes deciding what to wear so i can appreciate angel's approach but i still need the variety.

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  16. I love a small, varied selection...definitely only one of each item...unless it's a basic, like black camisoles which I wear pretty much every day...I don't see myself ever owning more than one baby blue tee shirt but good for Angel knowing what he likes! :)

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  17. I love it when you do these outfit posts because your sense of style is so Rachel haha. I think i'm somewhere between you and Angel. I like having a small (efficient, as i like to call it) wardrobe but I also like variety. So I have all sorts of stripes and polka dots but not too many :)

    I think people are surprised to find out how few clothes I have because they're all so different. My husband just noticed this the other day and now insists that I have a secret closet in the house where i'm hiding the rest of my clothes Lool!

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  18. Love the outfit!! Such a great color dress you're wearing!

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  19. I always wish I had more clothes than I do and go shopping often but never find anything I 'have' to have. My husband on the other hand buys t-shirts like they're going out of style and owns about 100 of them, but only wears maybe 8. I love your outfit, very classic :)

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  20. I am a huge big wardrobe needed even though I am a HUGE creature of habit and veer towards the same things. lol.. However I am obsessed with those shoes!!

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  21. Haha, that is a funny idea to have a bunch of just one outfit! So, this totally makes me think about this interesting article I just read: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a10441/why-i-wear-the-same-thing-to-work-everday/ I always yearned for school uniforms growing up, even though my friends thought I was crazy! I am a chronically late person and I stink at decisions, so getting ready can be SLOW. I prefer dresses to skirts/shirt for church cause getting ready for church with a toddler and a baby is hard enough and my husband was always trying to get us all out the door while I frantically try on different stupid skirt/shirt combos for something that looks right. UGH. Dresses take away the choices! :) I served a mission for my church, and for a year and a half, wore only skirts or dresses everyday. At first it was hard and I missed wearing pants, t-shirts, and having variety, but when I went to only wearing one style of dress, and had about 8 in different colors and prints, I found that I loved it, because it was soo easy! I just rotated dresses and never had to think about it! But, I'll admit, I was super happy when I got home to be back to a variety of clothes, especially my Beatles t-shirts and jeans. Ha. I kind of love the idea of having a self-imposed work "uniform" and leaving the fun variety of clothes for home and weekends. My current work "uniform" (as a stay-at-home-mom) is stretchy workout pants and a t-shirt. So classy. Haha. But, very practical for constantly getting up and down from the floor and romping a round and playing tag, etc.

    Here's my question: not that it really matters what other people think, but when you meet someone a couple times, and they always see you in the same outfit, do they wonder about your heigine? Do they think that you don't wash your clothes if you are in the same thing the next day (or two?) I think I might feel embarrassed and feel the need to say to people, "Oh by the way, I know I was wearing this yesterday I saw you, but I have like 10 of these t-shirts, and this is a clean one. It's my personal "uniform". I promise I"m not just gross." Ha. But, maybe Angel will be bothered less about this, cause people seem to scrutinize guys less for their appearance. Or maybe he just doesn't care. :)

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  22. That dress is cute on you!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  23. Owning several of the same shirt and pants just seems crazy to me. lol I can't imagine wearing the same thing every day unless I have to for a work or school uniform and even then I would find ways to make it different!

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  24. I see how a one dimension wardrobe would be useful in getting ready quickly...maybe it would work for a work wardrobe. But I'm with you, I couldn't imagine not having countless options and colors for any given mood I could be in.

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  25. You should buy Angel a case of baby blue shirts for his birthday and be done with it. The man knows what he wants.

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  26. Aren't you adorable in this outfit. Love that chambray-looking paisley shirt. Great idea knotting it oer the dress. Orange suits you so well, Rachel. =)

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  27. I love rainbows and rainbows of colors too, I love crazy colored clothes! I always wonder why people often dress in black during winter, it just makes everything more depressing :D
    Angel is like my boyfriend, when he likes one thing he'd prefer to buy hundreds of it and wear it till his deathbed, instead of getting a variety of things. Which I guess is better for me, cause if he likes me, well that's enough, no need for anyone or anything else :D Yay!

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  28. Actually I really like Angel's idea; it seems practical. Though I wouldn't carry it to an extreme, I already pretty much just wear flared denim skirts when it comes to bottoms. I like slightly more variety in tops. But to each his/her own.

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  29. I really like your orange dress and cute patterned flats! Very nice outfit!

    -Hannah

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  30. Love the colour of your dress! I found your blog through The Pleated Poppy. I host a link up every Wednesday (still live) so stop by if you get a chance.

    http://www.sydneyfashionhunter.com/

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  31. Haha! I'm glad you don't plan to fill your closet with baby blue tees, though you would probably look adorable in them. :)

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