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A guide to help the average man... look less average

Owning very little clothing

Mark Kwak

Every now and again, I'll come across a closet that is filled to the absolute brim, ready to burst. In these closets, clothing is overtly abundant, spilled to the ground, double stacked on hangers, and cluttered beyond belief.

It is times like this when I shake my head at the thought of owning too much clothing. Though I will admit, I'm certainly an offender as it stands right now.

This got me to thinking though. If you had the opposite problem of owning far too little clothing, can you still have a decent wardrobe? Well, after some thought, I've decided that if you're creative enough, you can actually get away with quite a small and minimalistic wardrobe.

Let's assume that you have one of the most minimalistic wardrobes ever. Say, 6 shirts, 4 pants, 2 shoes, and 2 jackets. Now let's do the math.

6 shirts x 4 pants = 24 combinations of outfits from a shirt/pant perspective.

Double that number when you add jackets to the mix, and double it once again when you add shoes.

6 x 4 x 2 x 2 = 96 combinations of outfits.

Now, I'm not saying that your wardrobe should look quite as sparse as the above, but I am saying that you can still mix things up quite a bit with just that amount of clothing.

Ninety six combinations of outfits is sizable, though I will admit that the number is far greater than what will be perceived by others, since a different combination does not necessarily mean a wholly different looking outfit (IE just wearing a different pair of shoes doesn't exactly equate to a wholly different looking outfit).

Anyhow, just thought I'd throw it out there, saying that perhaps owning a smaller wardrobe can be not only liberating, but can also force you to be a bit more creative, and get the most out of the possible combinations available. I go into far more detail about this particular topic in this post of mine from before though.