If I want to create the perfect, pared down minimalist wardrobe which reflects my lifestyle then I need to think seriously about what I actually spend my time doing.
So, I've tried to come up with a list of all the things that occupy my time, and have grouped them by the kind of clothes that might be required for each occasions. A few notes:
*In three weeks time I won't be working anymore so work clothes don't feature on my list *Some of this is guesswork as I've never been a stay at home mum before, who really knows what I'll be doing!?
*I haven't included being at home since I tend to wear pretty comfy casual stuff like hoodies and leggings which I don't count as part of my core wardrobe
*I haven't included very occasional events like weddings, christenings, christmas parties etc since I don't include formal wear as part of my core wardrobe.
Running errands, going to the supermarket
Going to friends houses/having friends over
Weekend breaks to seaside, countryside
Walks in local parks/national trust sites
Going out for lunch or coffee
Going over to parents or parents in law for lunch/dinner
Weekend visits to cities for shopping/lunch
Weekend breaks to cities
Going to see bands
Going out for dinner (eg. country pub)
Going out for dinner (eg. city restaurant)
Going to the theatre
From past experience, I've found that I'm pretty much there with the casual and smart outfits but the ones that I always seem to struggle with are smart/casual ones. Those that require something slightly smarter than a t shirt or sweater, but where a silk blouse might be too smart, for example going to see a band, meeting friends for lunch, or going for dinner to a country pub. I want to address this in my wardrobe planning so that this time next year this won't be an issue.
This leads me onto the next step, what do I actually NEED for Autumn and Winter? I'll cover this in my next post.