20 April 2017

Wondering Wednesday: "What Do You Consider a Minimum Wardrobe?"

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Dear Ladies,

Are you feeling well, doing good, and sharing your joie de vivre with others?  I hope so!  

The question for today reflects a new anti-materialistic spirit that is permeating the younger people in the world, or so it seems to me, anyway.  Younger people are rejecting the "gotta have more stuff" spirit that has led many cultures in our world for the past several decades.  

I say, good for them!  There's much more to life than the accumulation of unneeded material goods.

What I consider to be a minimal wardrobe follows "The Rule of Three" for clothing:  one to wear, one in the closet, one in the laundry.  Thus, a woman needs three aprons, three housedresses, and three "going out" outfits.  To stretch the wardrobe even farther, the "going out" outfits could be three tops and three skirts, making nine outfits, plenty of clothing for nearly any woman.  

A minimal wardrobe would be problematic for a woman who did not have her own laundry facilities; at the same time, if a woman knew that she had fewer clothing options without spending two hours going to the laundromat, she might be even more careful than usual to avoid soiling her clothes.  

As always, I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped you.

Agape always,


Polly said...

The title of this post drew me in, and I hopped over from Lydia's site.

This is timely, because I'm currently pondering my summer wardrobe. I've never thought in terms of threes, but I LIKE this idea. I'm going to use it as I consider my summer clothing needs.

I must admit, I have more than three aprons. Hmm, maybe I can have "summer" aprons and "winter" aprons and get away with it...?? :)

Cynthia Berenger said...

Dear Polly,

Your lovely comment made my day. Thank you.

About seasonal aprons: Why not? I like to coordinate my apron with my housedress, and even where I live, I have hot weather housedresses and cool weather housedresses.

Agape always,

Nena Karrova said...

Hello Cynthia!I m a single woman looking for her other half!I found you through the fascinating womanhood blog!(thank you also for accepting me as your fb friend-nena karrova)!
I just purchased your fascinating companion e book and looking forward to read it!if any questions appear may I ask???
P.s:only 3 outfits for a single woman???oh my gosh :-) :-)

Christine said...

Dear Cynthia,
I really appreciate this post, as I am at present reviewing my wardrobe. I plan to remove the items I rarely, if ever wear, clothing that does not suit me, or perhaps is past its best. The rule of three is an excellent idea and frame of reference from which to work. It certainly proves we do not truly require as much as what we think we do, and realistically we often wear the same items over and over anyway.

Cynthia Berenger said...

Dear Nena,

I am very happy to have added you to my Facebook friend list. Thank you!

My family and I are grateful that you decided to purchase a copy of the e-book version of _A Fascinating Companion_. We all thank you.

Yes, please feel free to ask any and all questions that you have.

As a matter of fact, I like the question you asked in your comment so much that I am going to answer it for "Wondering Wednesday" this week.

Agape always,

Cynthia Berenger said...

Dear Christine,

I appreciate your comment. Thank you.

Culling the wardrobe remains a semi-annual task for those of us who are blessed with a surplus. All of the things you mentioned are important considerations related to our clothing choices. Plus, so many people are blessed when we donate clothing or sell it via consignment or something like eBay.

I was raised by people who had survived the Great Depression, so I have a tendency to save things that I don't really need because I "might need that someday and not be able to buy another one." Except for a few special outfits that were given to me by loved ones or that I wore on special days, however, I have learned to keep a trimmed-down wardrobe.

Agape always,