I read this book when I was a young Brownie Girl Scout myself. I didn’t even remember the book at all until I started this minimalist adventure — nearly two decades after I had known the book in the first place! Amazon provides a synopsis of the book, but the only thing I honestly remember is that the babysitter is described to wear black and white clothing, and the sole source of color in her wardrobe comes from her jewelry and accessories.
I remember being fascinated by that as a child. I wondered if people really did that.
They sure do! I recently read an article about actress Jamie Lee Curtis, in which she describes her style as an evolution, a distillation:
“My style is a distillation. I’ve etched out who I am through myriad haircut attempts, outfit attempts, beauty attempts, diet attempts. It’s been an evolution. I’ve let my hair go gray. I wear only black and white. Every year I buy three or four black dresses that I just keep in rotation. I own one pair of blue jeans. I’ve given away all my jewelry, because I don’t wear it.
My partner recently pointed out to me, “You have a lot of jewelry. That’s not very minimal.” Like Ms. Curtis, I really don’t wear much jewelry, but I have accumulated quite a few pieces of it. That will be changing soon!
Jewelry aside, I wrote this post to talk about a black and white, simple, clean wardrobe. While I don’t think I’ll be a strictly black-and-white girl anytime soon (or ever), I have culled my wardrobe (so very nearly) to one where I can reach into the closet and pull together an outfit that works. I’m not as minimized as I would like to be, but I will get there one item at a time. Fortunately, I recently ripped a pair of pink plaid shorts, so I can replace them with a black pair that goes with more tops!
Anyone else aspire to a one-color-palette wardrobe?