I Seem to Have Acquired 480 Items of Clothing

I decided I would make a list of clothes I need to buy this year so I could stick with the list and not buy “other” clothes I didn’t need so much.

I have resolved this year to stop wearing the same old combinations, and to use more of the wardrobe I own, which has some pretty nice pieces I rarely wear! On the plus side, I went through everything and can state with confidence that every item fits and is in good condition. Otherwise it was either donated or turfed.

I am so far from being a fashionista! I have three basic seasonal looks:

  • In the winter I wear either a heavy sweater with pants, or a light sweater with a jacket and pants.
  • In the spring and fall, I wear a long-sleeve solid colour T-shirt or shirt/blouse with pants, adding a jacket or light-weight cardigan as needed.
  • In the summer, I wear a solid colour short-sleeve T-shirt or short-sleeve shirt/blouse/top with pants, and a light-weight cardigan if necessary.

I decided to inventory what I already have before buying more. Here are the results:

TOPS

  • 8 jackets (indoor, for layering)
  • 30 cardigans
  • 25 pullover sweaters
  • 20 long-sleeve shirts (w/collars & buttons)
  • 9 short-sleeve shirts (w/collars & buttons)
  • 6 sleeveless shirts (w/collars & buttons)
  • 11 long-sleeve T-shirts suitable for work
  • 14 short-sleeve T-shirts suitable for work
  • 10 short-sleeve T-shirts with collar (“golf shirts”)
  • 31 short-sleeve T-shirts (w/fun prints, cartoons, rock bands etc.)
  • 13 tank tops

TOTAL 177 TOPS

PANTS (that would be trousers in the UK)

  • 7 pr pants for work
  • 6 pr casual, khakis, cargo, etc.
  • 4 pr jeans
  • 5 pr yoga, workout and sweat pants
  • 4 pr shorts

TOTAL 26 PANTS

SUITS, DRESSES AND SKIRTS

  • 2 suits (were for job interviews)
  • 4 dresses
  • 6 skirts

TOTAL 12 SUITS, DRESSES AND SKIRTS

OUTERWEAR – COATS AND JACKETS

  • 6 winter coats and jackets
  • 7 spring/fall coats and jackets

TOTAL 13 OUTERWEAR – COATS AND JACKETS

BOOTS AND SHOES

  • 6 pr boots
  • 9 pr shoes suitable for work
  • 9 pr sandals
  • 3 pr sneakers
  • 3 pr old sneakers for doing yard work/painting
  • 3 pr slippers

TOTAL BOOTS AND SHOES 33

NIGHTWEAR

  • 6 nightgowns or sleep shirts
  • 5 pajamas
  • 10 tops or bottoms for sleeping in
  • 2 robes/dressing gowns

TOTAL NIGHTWEAR 23

UNDERTHINGS

  • 17 bras
  • 33 panties
  • 6 lingerie
  • 6 traditional (camisoles and slips)
  • 22 pr tights, stay-ups and pantyhose
  • 56 pr socks (!)
  • 4 bathing suits

TOTAL UNDERTHINGS 144

ACCESSORIES (NOT INCLUDING JEWELLERY)

  • 10 belts
  • 18 scarves
  • 11 hats and caps
  • 9 pr gloves and mittens
  • 3 purses
  • 1 umbrella

TOTAL ACCESSORIES 52

So, 480 items and not a thing to wear 🙂 Or rather, 5 outfits I wear every week and the rest just sitting there! It looks like I am the furthest thing from a minimalist. At the very least, the inventory made me realize how few items I actually wear and how little more I need.

There are a few clothing items I have never worn and never will (forthcoming post!)

I would love to hear what your clothing inventory is like – what are your essentials?

7 comments

  1. My essentials are jeans, black v-neck jumpers and/or t-shirts + flip flops – a few of these items would do me forever.
    I have about 35 items (main items only) since minimalising my entire wardrobe in 2010.

  2. Hi Laura, That is admirable! I don’t need all the clothes I have, but I haven’t decided about going minimal yet. This month I am wearing a different outfit every day to work, to see if I still like all the clothes I have, and if they still feel comfortable. If I don’t wear everything in the upcoming year, I will purge! I’ve already found an outfit where I don’t like the fit anymore and won’t be keeping.

    Any idea how much/many clothes you had before minimalizing?

  3. Laura @ Move To Portugal

    100 items before selling some stuff, then 67 I posted on it herehttp://movetoportugal.org/simplifyingreducingclothing/
    this doesn’t include scarves etc and I stopped working full time which negated my need for suits.

  4. Cool! I am going to do a recount by the end of the year after I’ve decided what to keep.

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