The minimalist retirement wardrobe

It is tempting to hold on to work clothes, but it is at the expense of freeing up room in your closet. I lot of my work clothes are kind of dated anyway. Joe Fresh has almost everything you need for retirement. Yes I know their hiring practices in Bangladesh have been controversial but you can’t beat the prices and styling and there are no snooty ageist sales people. Ok no sales people.  I have converted many of my friends to Joe Fresh who don’t already shop at the Salvation Army.   What is about baby boomers that draws them to the Salvation Army?

Yes you need a three season wardrobe in Vancouver.. Winter, Spring/Fall and Summer. Don’t forget Junuary. Are you working part time? Ok let’s say you need business casual two days a week. Save something from your work wardrobe. Laundry once every 2 weeks. If you do laundry once a week you can do with a smaller wardrobe.

Work wardrobe all year round

    • 1 pair black pants or tights
    • 1 long black/grey/burgundy warm sweater
    • 4 long sleeve t-shirts any colour.
    • 4 short sleeve t shirts any colour
    • 4 pairs black socks
    • 1 pair black shoes/runners depending on dress code
    • 2 scarves – warm, fancy etc to dress up wardrobe and keep neck warm.

This takes care of 4/14 days all year round.
Printed Three Quarter Sleeve Asymmetric Hem BlousePrinted Three Quarter Sleeve Asymmetric Hem Blouse

Winter/Spring/Fall in Vancouver

  • Tights – 2 pairs black, 1 multicolor for fun
  • 10 long sleeve t-shirts -various colours
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • Rain coat with lining Hely Hansen is my favourite because it has a zip up collar at the neck, a two way zipper and flannel line pockets as well as a light weight lining.
  • Windproof shell you can wear over short down or fleece jacket.

Summer in Vancouver/Travelling south in the winter

  • Knee length tights – 2 pairs, black and multicolour.
  • 2 pairs LLBean Comfort trail shorts because the waist is adjustable, they are stretchy, quick dry, will last forever, good for travelling south.  Black and khaki. $ 50.00 US.
  • The LL Bean Comfort trail cropped pants-1 pair when tights or shorts are too exposed or cooler weather.
  • 10 short sleeve t-shirts various colours and styles
  • Two dresses with short sleeves. Can wear to work.

You will seldom need: Sundresses, tank tops, tops with spaghetti straps, bathing suits. Vancouver is pretty casual so the work wardrobe can work for upscale events. I seldom wear wool sweaters in the winter here. Layers are the best way to go as the weather changes hourly and from area to area in the city.

Shoes

For the Beach!

Outerwear

Winter

  • Down coat, knee length. It can be very windy and the dampness goes right through you. I have not found one that that I can recommend.   Here is my favourite.
  • Short lighter weight down jacket – Eddie Bauer and North Face have lots to choose from.

2 thoughts on “The minimalist retirement wardrobe

  1. Hi, Ann – Thank you for sharing this I am guilty of having a closet full of clothes from work that I have kept “just in case”. As I wear yoga pants and a long sleeved t-shirt most days of the year, I know that I should further reduce my wardrobe. For me this is a slow, ongoing process!

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