One of my goals this year was to wear all the clothes I already own, throughout the year, and decide if I want to keep them. Summer has just ended and it’s time to switch wardrobes!
I tried to be honest with myself about what I actually wore this summer. I will tally as I go along.
- Plus = added to my wardrobe
- Minus = subtracted from my wardrobe (minus is good!)
- 0 = numbers stayed the same
First, my work wardrobe:
I have 2 pair of pants (trousers) that I wore often, 4 that I wore occasionally, and 1 that I never wore. I also have a pair of red pants that I wore once (not for Canada Day) and felt silly. So that is 2 pair of pants I no longer need.
Score: Minus 2
I realized I wore the same 4 solid-colour Tshirts in rotation every week, alternating with 2 other tops, and 3 more that I wore just one time each. Should I get rid of the 3 or give some relief to my co-workers who must get tired seeing me in the same things all the time? I also have 6 summer tops that I didn’t wear this year at all so there is no excuse for keeping them.
Score: Probably Minus 9
I wore 3 lightweight jackets/blazers at work to deal with the air conditioning, and 2 others I wore once each. I have 6 lightweight summer cardigans (some with cropped sleeves, etc.) but only wore 3 of them this year.
Score: Minus 3
Skirts/Dresses: Did not wear them at any time during the summer; did not even get to wear the cute sun dress I bought in Toronto – foolishly optimistic of me to think I would! I have 4 skirts and 4 dresses. I would give them up, but I don’t want to buy new ones if I need to attend a more formal occasion. So I will save them all for 1 more year before abandoning. After that, the dresses, especially, will no longer be stylish enough to wear.
Score: Minus 8, to be deferred!
Jackets/coats: I wore my serious rain gear, my light nylon jacket, and a new all-season coat that I bought for travelling. I didn’t wear my old jean jacket, which I’m just keeping for nostalgic reasons.
Score: 0 (bought new coat, need to get rid of jean jacket)
Shoes and boots: I bought a pair of black flats to directly replace a worn-out pair. The new ones were destroyed in a rain storm so I bought another pair. I was not too pleased about the expense, but they are definitely wardrobe basics.
Next, my off-work wardrobe:
I have made do with my one pair of blue jeans, 2 pair of black jeans, and 1 pair of shorts. No change there. I still don’t have any capris or skorts!
I bought 3 items of workout wear this year, and use them all routinely.
Score: Plus 3
I bought a new bathing suit which allowed me to get rid of 2 old ones. It is a racer-back Speedo, because I bought it for actual swimming. Did I go swimming? Once.
Score: Minus 1
I realized I enjoy wearing 15 of the T-shirts from my large collection of rock band and cartoon T-shirts, and the other 11 can go. I will wear them for painting, mowing the lawn, sleeping in, etc., until they become rags!
Score: Minus 11 (gradual withdrawal!)
I bought one new hoodie in London and I love it; I wore 5 others on cool evenings; and the rest are heavy-weight for winter. So yes, I now own 14 hoodies and there are other colours I still want (oops, did I just admit that in print?)
Score: Plus 1
I have one pair of sneakers which I wear for workouts and walking. They are 15 months old and I bought them for $30 at a department store. They show no signs of wearing out. Link calls them my Spiderman sneakers and thinks they look like preschool sneakers, but they make me smile. (At least they don’t light up!)
I also bought 3 accessories this summer. I got 2 backpacks, one for bringing stuff back and forth to work (a direct replacement for a damaged one) and another to wear instead of a shoulder bag for long days out on vacation. I also bought a belt.
Score: Plus 2
And the grand total is: Minus 28! I had 203 “significant” items of clothing at last count, not including under-things, socks, scarves, etc. So my new total will be 175.
Hey, I am in the 100s now! Let’s see what the Fall season will hold!