From the start of 2012 to the end of 2013, I pared down my wardrobe from 264 to 170 items – a reduction of 35%. I could have said I was done, except for replacements and updates, but I knew I wasn’t. I had put some areas “off limits” and just didn’t want to deal with them!
My earlier posts show that I started the project with:
- 180 tops
- 26 pants (trousers)
- 2 suits
- 4 dresses
- 6 skirts
- 13 coats and jackets
- 33 pair footwear
My current tally is:
- 92 tops
- 23 pants (trousers)
- 0 suits
- 3 dresses
- 4 skirts
- 8 coats and jackets
- 20 pair footwear
…for a total of 150 items. I knew I was getting close to 150 so I was especially ruthless in getting there!
I’m pleased about reducing my big collections of T-shirts and hoodies! The “tops” breakdown right now is:
- 6 work jackets/blazers
- 22 cardigans, button or zip
- 14 pullovers (cardigans and pullovers combined includes 10 hoodies)
- 9 long-sleeve button-up shirts
- 4 short-sleeve tops
- 7 long-sleeve T-shirts
- 10 short-sleeve T-shirts suitable for work
- 3 golf/polo T-shirts
- 6 rock band theme T-shirts
- 9 cute print T-shirts (that makes 35 T-shirts in total)
- 2 workout tanks
I know that sounds like a lot, but I haven’t had so few in over 20 years. More money than sense, I guess!
Here is what it looks like to have fewer than 100 tops!
I did a little count of how many items I kept, but didn’t wear this year. There were 14, including 2 new things bought out-of-season which will come into play later this spring. I could just pitch the other 12 items, but I am having qualms! They include 2 dresses, 3 skirts and 2 pair dressy sandals that I never wear, but I like them all and I would do anything not to have to go dress and shoe shopping if a suitable occasion came up! To be honest, the only occasions I would wear them are a wedding or a formal reception of some kind – like the ones publishers sponsor at library conferences. However, since I have plenty of space, I will probably keep them in reserve so I don’t have to spend $150 on an outfit if something comes up.
I may have a look around the mall to see if my dresses and skirts are still fashionable enough to be seen in. Once, I switched jobs from a more formal to a less formal one. I kept my dressier clothes for ten years before I realized they were too dated to wear again. Meanwhile they were too dated for anyone else to wear either, so I felt bad for hoarding them.
Since I have less to choose from and I wear the items more, I will try these ways to cut back further:
- I’ll keep a list of what I need. This year I’ve decided to buy clothes when I travel, taking the place of more frivolous shopping. At least somewhat? (In Toronto, I bought a desperately needed rain coat. The old one, clearly marked waterproof, wasn’t!)
- I won’t automatically replace worn-out items. I’ll think about what I already have that will suffice.
- I’ll stick to high-use items. I will need a new winter coat and jacket, and will buy good quality, instead of buying new T-shirts or sweaters which would just get added to the stacks I have.
- I’ll re-use holiday outfits. I have a few good ensembles for special occasions so I won’t feel compelled to buy more. I hope?
Anyone following along from my previous wardrobe posts will remember that I am only tracking “significant” items that are used to build outfits. However, I have cut back on my less significant stuff, too! I used to have 216 items, not including purses/bags and my umbrella, which brought it up to 227! Now I’m at 201. That includes under-things, sleep wear, bathing suits, and all accessories such as belts, scarves, hats, gloves and bags (except for jewellery).
I bet you can guess what my next goal is: to reach 132 (significant) items. That will mean I’ve reduced my entire wardrobe by half!
Do you have clothes you keep, but don’t wear? Do you have a certain wardrobe size you’re aiming for?