Living without is never what anyone wants to do. Unfortunately for some there are times when quite literally living out of a backpack becomes your whole way of life. I’m sure there will be some point in the future where my dear, sweet wife and I settle down and take advantage of the wonderful things that a regular paycheck, a home, and stability within community are able to afford us. Until that day though, we have to live on lean pickings. For my dear, sweet wife it’s her huge rollaway suitcase packed to the brim with her tiny, tiny, form fitting clothes. For me it’s a few shirts and a borrowed pair of pants. She considers both our wardrobes small. I am of the persuasion though that even if the clothes selections we have are indeed dainty, there are still a myriad of choices at our disposal. Here is my tiny guide to being able to get the most versatility out of your tiny wardrobe.
Mix & Match:
While this is not news (especially for kids like me who grew up middle-class poor and only had a few shirt and pant combinations) but when you’re an adult reimaging the mix and match aesthetic can be quite liberating. Pair things you never thought would work before, go against your instinct, and reach for the stars. Yeah you may crash and burn once in a while but at least it got you out of your boring match choices.
A less enthusiastic mix and match, layering allows you to achieve a new look even with the same base clothing. This has been a real big winner for me just because my options were so few. We began this most recent excursion planning a month long summer road trip, so all I brought were shorts and t-shirts. We’re now entering the chilly autumn of our sixth month. Wild. If you can’t beg, borrow, or (I’d never abdicate stealing) purchase the necessary clothing you desire from a second hand shop or something like that, you can layer your way to a new day.
Especially when you’re living on a budget, you need to be able to use the tools you have. You can reupholster old clothes to look new with patches or basic needlework, you can get cheap stuff used – many things which look barely worn, or you can hit the discount racks of the discount shops and see what you come up with.
Spicing up a small wardrobe really just requires a small amount of ingenuity and a dash of creativity. It’s amazing how sewn in we can become in our old age. Break out of that box and figure yourself free from the confines of your tiny, suitcase wardrobe.