Since I am a lazy person most of my clothes end up on the floor of my closet (I have a walk-in closet of about 4m x 1 m). It’s not practical or pretty and pretty much nothing good comes of it. So, last weekend I did some closet cleaning, in part because I knew that I would focus on what I have for this upcoming part of Retrochick’s personal style guide.
I decided to focus on my regular wear. I, obviously, have some maternity and nursing wear, but I consider those as temporary parts of my wardrobe that will be discarded when the need for them disappears. Some of these items are hand-me-downs from my sister and bought according to her style, but I’m still making use of them for now. There’s no point in buying a full maternity and nursing wardrobe for a limited period of time. Call me cheap, I’d rather invest in long-term items.
So, of my regular wear I know that I have a lot of clothes. Still I often feel like I have nothing to wear. This is because in the past I’ve often bought clothes and fabrics that I like, but not necessarily go with anything in my wardrobe. I need more planning when acquiring new clothing.
As I took all of my clothes out for folding I also wrote down what I have in each category (tops (short and long sleeved), pants, skirts, dresses and shirts/blouses). Some of the clothes went immediately into the throw/donate pile; clothes that don’t fit and clothes I simply don’t wear. The condition of them will decide if I should donate them or harvest them for notions and throwing them out. Anyway, as for the clothes I did keep there was an abundance in skirts, dresses and shirts/blouses. Some of the skirts are pencil skirts, while I like them they are not practical for my life situation right now, and others are in a fun, colourful prints and hard to match. I probably need to break down even further what I do wear and want to wear and work from that. As for shirts and blouses, I have plenty and probably don’t need any more right now. It is good to have stricter clothes if it’s a special day at work (important meetings and such), but I do have enough for those special days, which do not come very often. Dresses are both for work and play and I like dresses (who doesn’t?) and most of my dresses aren’t restrictive so I don’t think I will get rid of many of them. Perhaps I will work on replacing some of the less flattering ones, but that will be an effort over time.
What I lack are more casual, but still work-appropriate, tops and layering pieces. Sometimes I wish I did like to knit after seeing so many cute cardigans pop up all over, but I don’t. I need to find a way to get appropriate and practical layering pieces into my wardrobe without too much retail shopping.
Since I will be on maternity leave for almost a year (starting on Mar 13, the countdown has begun) I feel that sometime during that year I will have the time to really evaluate my wardrobe and thoroughly think about what I like and use and, in some way, get rid of the rest.