Then I got a bunch of leggings that turned out to be still too tight and that were cutting too much into the lower muscles. I'm not even sure what I'm gonna do with all of them now and why I spent so much money on them without making sure they fit! So this was my option for outfits for when it gets colder, but it didn't work. Then finally - and why have I not looked for it earlier?! - I got these super comfy jean leggings that became my go-to pants. Then I have the VS yoga pants with the fold over thing that I unfold up and over the belly, and a pair of more dressy jeans - since I don't feel totally comfortable wearing jeggings to Sunday service... Not like somebody would tell me something. I just want to still look dressy.
Then sweaters - even if it is long enough to cover the bump and not look funny, if I'm wearing the yoga pants, I still want it to cover my behind, too. Again, I just don't feel comfortable without pockets and without anything else covering it besides this stretchy fabric.
Long story short, I now have 2-3 pairs of pants, two dresses, several sweaters, couple tees that I can wear with cardigans, two more or less dressy pairs of shoes, and two BearPaws that are not dressy but more comfy. There are also sweatpants and sweatshirts to wear at home, but again, only a few. Pretty limited, right?
But my life feels so much simpler! I still spend time thinking what I'm gonna wear but it goes much faster. I look at the other 95% of my closet and can't understand, why do I have so much? I honestly feel like just going through it and giving out a half!
Of course, once I'm back into my normal shape, it's pretty expected that my attitude will change. After all, I do like to dress up. So I might be so happy to be able to wear it all again and even more, to shop for normal clothes again! - that I might just want to keep it all and to even add some.
Seriously though, it would be awesome to go through it and to leave stuff that:
- I like
- I actually wear (leave alone how often, at least wear at all!)
- sits well on me (duh. What's the point of keeping something that doesn't fit me?)
- is combinable with other stuff, and preferably for more than one outfit (if it's a crop top but I don't have any high waist jeans, or thin leggings that don't go with any of my long sweaters... You know what I mean).
All criteria seem very logical, right? But watch me try and apply it to my closet!..
"Oh but it looks so cute!", "But I don't have anything else like that...", "I think I have another similar thing. I'll just buy another thing that will go with both of them and create two more outfits!", "I need to take it to the tailor. I can have it sewed in and then I can wear it again."
...and so on, and so forth. Never mind that it's been sitting in my closet for about a year and will probably continue to just sit there. Cluttering space and complicating the outfit-making.
There is also a side effect - the less you think about clothes, the less you actually go on the websites and into the stores (because you know it won't fit you anyway, or if it fits you now, soon you won't need it), and the less you buy stuff. And the less things to clutter the closet. And the less expenses. And the more resources to spend on something that will matter more than clothes.
So yeah. I did not intend to write such a long post, but it somehow happened 😁. But it really got me thinking the other day. I can get ready faster, I spend less energy on it, this part of life just seems simpler. I would really like to keep it that way.