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Equational Dressing

Over the years I've become a closet minimalist. 

I started getting rid of the things I didn’t like in my closet after I had my daughter. A lot of things either didn’t fit my new body or didn’t fit my new lifestyle (I went from working in a salon on Madison Avenue, where I had to wear all black every day to being a stay at home mom).

And then, because of limited resources – both time and money – I started buying thoughtfully.

And then, because of limited space – in our NYC apartment that we now shared with a baby – I started buying minimally.

And now - five years later - I'm a changed woman. I've found freedom in the simplicity of less. I've found I can be more creative within my self-imposed confines. I've found that because I buy less, I wear out my clothing sooner. And my wardrobe, which before always felt slightly stale, now feels constantly refreshed.

Until I sat down to write this, I didn’t realize what felt so stressful and busy when I first became a mom. It’s funny how I read a million books on pregnancy but none on raising a child and then I gave birth and all of a sudden, had no useful information, seeing as I was no longer pregnant. Every experience I had as a mom was the first of its kind. Teething, potty-training, disciplining, feeding: none of it had been done before (by me). It was a full time job just to experience it, think through it, research, talk to other mamas, form opinions, lay out a plan of action. It was the decisions connected to raising a child that busied me - more than my actual schedule.

I was able to take the decision-making-process out of one area of my life and it brought refreshment. It took a thorough and ruthless gutting of my closet, some careful planning and forethought. But in the end, I knew that whatever I pulled out fit and was cute. That offered respite from my decision-fatigue. And made me feel pretty. Here's how I did it:

I’ve found success in what I call ‘equational dressing’: which is when you buy clothing that falls into specific categories. Then, when you go to get dressed, you just grab one thing from each category and voila, you have an outfit. My general categories for Fall/Winter are:
1. lower half (jeans and skirts)
2. first layer shirts
3. first layering piece (cardigans or sweatshirts)
4. second layering piece (jacket, vest)
5. shoes and handbag
In the next few days, I’ll be breaking down my Fall equation, and showing you what I’m wearing this Fall and how. Let’s call it #EquationalDressingForFall