Wandering around looking for inspiration on minimalism this morning. there's always Metscan's wonderfuld blog to get me started. then I found Jenifer Skinner's now defunct blog on a minimalist wardrobe.
She identified a minimalist wardrobe as saving money. You have your set number of outfits and only replace items as they become worn out. Makes sense, but then I realize how much emotional comfort I've been getting from shopping. the "I'm not old and ugly - look how good I look in these new jeans/sweater/boots " And the thought of how boring it would be to wear the same uniform over and over. So I go ahead and purchase the whatever, bring it home with no plan to integrate it and it hangs in my closet. Taking up space, representing my money, my image, my so-called fashionable future.
There's part of the reason I have 12 pairs of jeans.