There’s been quite a lot of talk on Twitter about destuffing/decluttering lately. And there’s also been a lot of talk about clothes. And as you know if you are on Twitter, it’s really hard to explain in depth concepts in 144 characters. So, to the blog!
How the progression worked for me: after 13 weeks of sitting around with my foot elevated and encased in plaster, this idea sparked.
I read The No Brainer Wardrobe. I read Already Pretty. And then this happened.
What I found though, was while this was awesome and wonderful, it also didn’t work for me. I had gotten rid of all the extra stuff but what I had left was a bunch of weird things that didn’t work together. I had clothing, but I didn’t have a wardrobe.
I scoured the archives of Into Mind. I saw how a capsule wardrobe could work for my needs, not the needs of your average business woman or stay at home mom. I updated my style board on Pinterest and chose 3 images that encapsulated it. And I got rid of even more stuff.
This is my current wardrobe. Yes, this is all of it. Except a drawer of socks and underthings and what I was wearing when I took this photo.
Some things you’ll notice: that’s not a lot. That includes my house wear AND my going out wear. Before I made a huge deal of having the house stuff not counting toward my wardrobe, but it does now. There’s a lot of neutrals because then everything goes and I don’t have one shirt that can only be worn with one scarf and one pair of shoes. Any pops of color are either accessories or on against a neutral background. (Except my Mickey Mouse pjs, they’re red. Because they are.) I count blue as a neutral by the way, jeans go with everything.
A few things:
1) I am doing that thing where you turn all your hangers around and then turn them back as you wear the item. I still have a few facing the wrong way so they may not stick around.
2) I have a lot of geeky shirts. Probably more than I need but they have Sherlock and Loki on them and I traded yarn with Melissa for a bunch of them and I DO WHAT I WANT. *ehem*
3) There are holes. Holes I am filling using the French 5 Piece Wardrobe. Next on the list is a black maxi dress for summer and a new backpack. Since I started nailing it all down in preparation for winter, this autumn/winter shouldn’t need much in the way of filling holes.
4) 4 pair of shoes (one for just around the house since I can no longer go barefoot at all), 3 necklaces, 2 rings, and a partridge in a pear tree.
The biggest issue isn’t space, funnily enough. I had the exact same amount of clothing in an IKEA dresser which took up lots more room than the bookcase (you can see it in that photo above). The biggest issue is not falling into the trap of thinking I need things that I really want or feel I should want because they are in or cool or whatever. And knowing that when I do buy things that are in or cool or whatever, it’s because I have thought long and hard about whether I need or just want them. It’s not that I’m not allowed to stay fashionable, it’s that I need to understand why and where the desire to do so comes from. If it comes from actual lack (I need shoes I can walk in and those ones are both cool right now AND come highly recommended for The Foot) or implied lack (all the cool kids have them and I don’t). It’s a lot more thoughtful than I’m used to. Because let’s face it, I learned to shop way before I learned to budget.
The Breakdown (if you’re curious):
- 3 pairs of jeans, various washes and lengths: cut off capri, black skinny, dark wash blue bootcut
- 4 pairs of house pants, various thicknesses: thick flannel house pants, thin house pants, full length leggings x2
- 3 tank tops, pink, grey, black: various weights for layering and summer wear
- 6 plain tshirts, black, grey, white: vneck for around the house, crew neck for out
- 9 geeky tshirts, navy, dark grey, light grey, white: all crew neck, all geeky
- 1 short sleeve lightweight sweatshirt with sparkly studs on the shoulders – to be honest, I have no idea how to wear this and only have it because last year sweatshirts were in
- 1 stripy 3/4 shirt, beige and black
- 5 long sleeve shirts, navy, dark grey, light grey, white: various weights and necklines
- 3 cardigans, navy, navy with white, black: light, medium, and heavy weight
- 2 sweaters, ugly Christmas and beige: heavy and medium weight
- 1 sweatshirt, dark grey: Gryffindor Quidditch team, natch
- 1 waterfall blazer, navy: light to medium weight
- 1 puffy vest, navy blue
- 3-in-1 North Face jacket, black: fleece lightweight jacket, windproof and waterproof outer shell
- scarves, various weights and colors – any color in my wardrobe shows up here so they are a bit…bright
At any rate, that feels better. And it’s way quicker to get ready now. And everything fits and I feel good in all of it. And that is a good, good thing.
Oh yeah, thanks to Helen and her daughter for giving all my yarn a good home. I am now completely yarn/knitting accessory free and it feels SO GOOD. As Melissa pointed out to me (she’s really good at that), knitting had been toxic for me for a good long while before I gave up on it. So. Onward and upward.