In order to get past this, I’ve tried to approach the problem the way Vivienne would. Basically, what are the available options I have RIGHT NOW, just with the clothes that I’ve decided to keep in my wardrobe up to this point?
If you remember, I’m at the 32 garment point in my plan:
I am the first person to admit that this isn’t the most fascinating, varied and dramatic wardrobe any woman ever owned. But (a) people don’t really remember what you wore last week – if they do, they’ve got a problem, (b) my accessories are such that these very basic ensembles will look quite a bit more varied when I add shoes, scarves and jewelry to them, AND (c) these are not, in fact, the only clothes that I will have available to wear to a potential new job.
So I think I’ve convinced myself that I can indeed continue to minimize my wardrobe, without leaving myself naked in the face of a new, improved, position.
Minimizing isn’t easy. Having some real numbers in front of me (40 combinations from 18 garments) makes it somewhat less stressful. I think.