“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
At its heart, I believe that minimalism is about versatility. It’s about finding the tools you need to build your dreams. For me, clothing must go from office casual, to a party, or from the library to the park (or all of the above!). I know it seems kind of crazy but it’s easier than you might think. I know. I’ve tried and I’ve found clothing that fits that description. My Merrell Lily Sleeveless Dress* is one of those and is essential to my budding minimalist lifestyle.
My Lily is one of my prized pieces of clothing. I’ve had it for a couple of years and I cannot imagine life without it. In a comment dialogue at Big Little Living, Katy asked me what I would take with me if I chose to live in a Tiny House. I’ve thought about that question quite often since then. I haven’t written it down but my hypothetical list would probably be at least fifty percent Merrell including shoes.
Here is a list of what I love about my Merrell Lily Sleeveless Dress (and the standard to which I hold all other major pieces of my wardrobe, by the way):
- Flattering cut/style
- Coordinates well with other articles of clothing
- Easy to accessorize
- Moisture-wicking material
- Wrinkle resistant
- Built-in shelf bra
- Easy to spot clean
- Dries quickly
- Looks great alone or with leggings
- Opaque material (no need to wear a slip)
- Versatile style
- Wearable in all seasons
I have it in black and pink (officially mulberry) but my favorite by far is the black. It’s a classic. Understated empire waist, A-line drape to just above the knees, and a crisscross style back. In the summer, I wear it by itself with some sandals and in the cooler months I add boots and a sweater. Depending on the activity, I can add leggings too. To be completely transparent, I did not wear this dress often while working at my corporate job. But my commute one way was almost two hours and I always had this dress with me as a back up. Even after being rolled and stuffed in the bottom of an overnight bag, all I had to to was shake it out and wear it. No wrinkles. No fuss.
This was an easy choice to include in The Closet Countdown. 🙂
Yes, I have put a lot of thought into my clothing and I do love my choices. But it all centers around the idea of investing the time up front so I don’t have to fret about it later. I can enjoy my life knowing that at least one piece of it – my wardrobe – is organized, efficient, hassle-free, and full of helpful (and cute) tools to help me along my quest for simplicity. I don’t have to think about ironing or special laundry instructions. I just grab and go. It is worth the time invested up front so that I can be ready for whatever adventures life holds out for me. And I do love a good adventure…
As always I thank you, dear reader for stopping by. Time is so precious and I hope that reading my words has been worth the investment. Happy trails!
*Let me go ahead and clarify that I am an unpaid Merrell (and Zappos!) cheerleader at this point. If you choose to buy any Merrell clothing that I recommend, I do not get a penny. If you let me know that you made a purchase based on my recommendations, then I get the satisfaction of knowing that I made your simplicity quest a little more exciting. 🙂
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