Multifunctional clothing: The cozy

Cardigan Cozy

It’s a cardigan.  It’s a jacket.  It’s a cowl neck sweater.  It’s off the shoulder.  It’s even a scarf.  More than ten sweaters that take up the space of only one — interested?

As minimalists, we strive to detach from the need to obtain physical items to make us happy.  Giving up fashion trends is one way we can clear out our mental clutter.  If your closet is full of stylish cuts in neutral tones and/or colors that work for you, why stress over what’s in this season?   Relax in the knowledge that being comfortable and looking good is always in style, even if you don’t rush to the stores with the changing of seasons.

However, one article of clothing that appeals to me as a minimalist

Off-the-shoulder Cozy

is this sweater.  It is the Swiss Army Knife of outerwear.

If you have six minutes of your life to spare, I invite you to watch this video that shows the multitude of ways in which the DKNY Cozy can be worn.

As fall approaches, I am getting excited about wearing sweaters.  This Cozy has me daydreaming about how I could replace two or three items from my closet with just one, and that definitely appeals to me.  In my wardrobe now are two sweaters, two cardigan-style long sleeved tops to go over layers, and one black shawl.  I could easily replace one of those items (possibly more than one) with a Cozy.

Jacket Cozy — One of my favorites.

I ordered a less expensive version from Amazon, and I like it.  I’m not exactly the size of this model so I can’t do a lot of the wraparound styles, but I have so far been successful with the cardigan, cowl neck, and a front-tie.  I will get some photos up soon — I was unable to get some in time for this post!

Does anyone have a DKNY Cozy? What do you like about it?  Is it worth the investment? 

Photos from the DKNY Cozy App for iPhone.

Minimal furniture

With no furniture, I had to decide what to do about seating in the living room.  A couple of chairs seemed ideal for portability (both in the moving process and around the room!) but I decided on a couch for snuggle potential and to give my sister a place to sleep when she visits.

So I wound up finding a secondhand couch for $40 at the Salvation Army store, and I scrubbed and vacuumed it, and I’m going to cover it with a white or off-white (or yellow, I haven’t decided) sheet because slipcovers are prohibitively expensive – more expensive than the couch!

My mom mentioned finding a chair or two for the living room as well, and I told her a couch was plenty.  She insisted that it would be nearly impossible to have a conversation between three people with only a couch.  I told her it was my apartment, not other people’s apartment to have conversations in, and they could deal with my couch.

I plan to use a trunk for storage and as a coffee table, and I will have my painting easel accessible from the couch.  I can’t see any reason to over-stuff my small place with furniture for other people.  I may add furniture as I continue living there if my daily routine shows me a need for it, but I am starting over clean and fresh and I refuse to waste money on things for the sole purpose of “just in case.”