I am in the midst of my annual Canadian winter wardrobe slump. I’ve been wearing my winter clothes since about the first of December, and I’ll still be wearing pullover sweaters for all of April, and then some. I keep reminding myself to invest more in my winter wardrobe since I’m in it for half the year (it seems). But I never do – I’m always attracted to travel outfits, or spring/summer pick-me-ups.
I’ve been tracking my total clothes inventory, but it doesn’t say much about my work versus non-work clothing needs. I need a wardrobe for work, albeit semi-casual, and I can wear any old clothes at home. I don’t want to overstock on weekend wear, but I don’t want to skimp too much on work wear. So I decided to tabulate them separately.
Winter Work Wardrobe (including casual clothes that are appropriate for work):
- Pants (Trousers) 8
- Pullover sweaters 5
- Cardigans 3
- Long sleeve layering T-shirts 7
- Shoes 4 pr
That’s all: 27 items! I have to laugh because I didn’t realize I was already working with a capsule wardrobe.
I think I mentioned I used to do brown as a neutral. Since I no longer have brown hair (!), I’ve decided to phase out brown as a wardrobe colour when my current brown clothes wear out. That will mean moving out 6 mix-and-match items in the next year, bringing me down to 21 items!
Meanwhile my Casual Clothes Collection for winter has:
- Pants (Trousers) 3
- Jeans 5
- Long sleeve T-shirts 3
- Pullover sweaters 3
- Pullover hoodies 3
- Zip hoodies 5
- Zip fleece vest 1
- Fashion boots 2 pr
Another 25 items.
To round out my winter wardrobe, I have 5 holiday tops, 1 skirt, 2 pr practical boots, 2 jackets (parkas) and a short wool coat: 11 more items. I didn’t count scarves but since Luna has eaten holes in them, I hardly have any left!
I have never counted by season and now I understand why I tire of my winter clothes – there just isn’t enough variety. Although, I must say everything I have fits well and is very functional, so maybe I’m not doing that badly.
The winter end-of-season sales are over and I didn’t stock up, so it looks like I’ll be wearing more of the same for a good while yet. I could scout a couple of consignment items, but they’ve probably got their spring stock out now (we are dreamers – spring is far away!)
One issue I have is that I don’t really accessorize, except for watches and earrings. I suppose if I were handier with belts and scarves, I would be less bored with my clothes, but the items I own don’t really lend themselves to being dressed up or down. I guess that’s a statement in itself!
The rest of my full clothes inventory hasn’t changed much since I posted it in early December. Since then I received a sweater and a jacket as holiday gifts. I bought a pair of Converse slip-ons, and a pair of Croc-like sandals to keep at the door for all those fun jobs like taking the garbage out!
I recently gave away 2 cardigans, 2 hoodies and a button-down shirt I hadn’t been wearing. I replaced some underwear, threw out some worn-out socks, and that is all the wardrobe fun I’ve had in 3 months!
Do you get wardrobe boredom? Do you accessorize, mix-and-match, go shopping, or just put up with it?