And now, Normcore.

I started this blog in 2012. Now, six years later, I can’t even fathom wanting to spend even an hour shopping for clothing. I’m getting an uncomfortable lump in my throat thinking about it! I can’t think of many things more unpleasant than shopping. I don’t think I’ve stepped in a mall in over a year. Nordstrom has given up on me.


Guys, I have no idea how this happened, to this level of extreme.

This is why I call it extreme: I wear sweatpants in public now. It is so bizarre to even write that.

Usually I keep the sweatpants at home, but if I don’t feel like changing into something else… I don’t. I’m not a slob, but I’m 100% for comfort and convenience now. I want to wear what I have available. I want it to be comfortable. I want to look decent.

I’m having way too much fun with the Normcore concept, though! I am actively pairing too-short jeans with big-ole all-weather Merrell sneakers. Sweatshirts and jeans, just like when I was a kid. I’m also jumping ahead a few years, wearing leggings with drapey layers. I LOVE IT.

I do miss makeup, though. I’m just too lazy most days to bother. I still think it’s fun!

Sometimes I look around me and see someone dressed in a way I might have criticized at one point, and I wonder why I used to care so much. These days, I’m wearing the same few things over and over again. I really need to clear out 75% of my closet. This is a freedom I never imagined I would experience. People who have not struggled with a shopping and clothing addiction will never understand it. But when I get ready in the morning, I feel so light and unburdened.

I feel extremely lucky that this complete overhaul happened to me. I never expected or imagined it.

I’m pretty busy these days with my part-time day job, and an at-home business that I started in November. My boys are now 11 and 8, and totally manageable (…most days). I’m not under the same level of stress that I was when I started this blog. Life is so much better now. I probably won’t be posting here with any regularity, but I want to keep this blog available for sharing.

I also want to print it out as a journal to keep for myself. I don’t want to forget.

Little Victories.

Today, I had an appointment right in the middle of Shopping Central. I often schedule time for shopping before or after this appointment, and was trying to resist the temptation all week, but I really thought I was going to cave in. I’m so relieved to report that I did not shop! I drove straight to my appointment and drove straight home afterward. (It helps that it’s downpouring out there. I really dislike shopping in bad weather.)

Also, when I was choosing my outfit for the day, I picked a loose, drapey tee that became an instant favorite. I wear it all the time! When I looked in the mirror this morning, my first thought was that I should try to find another one just like it. Maybe two. Would two more be enough? Yes, I’d have three then. Good.


NOT good! That defeats the whole idea of a minimal wardrobe. No, if I want to wear a drapey tee, this shirt is what I need to wear. That’s how small wardrobes work, and that’s how I want my style mind to start working.

It’s going to be hard to undo all those years of clothing gluttony!