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Friday, September 9, 2011

Why is clothing such a bother?

Like many of you, I have a closet and dresser full of clothes and shoes plus coats, hats, scarves, etc. stashed elsewhere in the house. Yet I look in my closet and wish I had something different to wear.  I know that when I bought each item of clothing that I thought it was flattering and a good addition to my wardrobe.  I know that I have spent lots of money and time buying these clothes.  Yet I get bored with wearing the same things and can't get rid of the desire to acquire something new. 

It’s not that I don’t have a options to choose from; it is that I have looked at them season after season and year after year.  Why don’t the clothes I am tired of wear out?  The shoes that are comfortable certainly do!  But I digress.

I am determined to enjoy what I the life that I have – and this applies to clothes.  I am going to try to work my way through my clothing while determining if I would wear it out to lunch with a friend.  This raised lots of additional questions.

o   Is it worn out?
o   Does it fit?
o   Is it flattering in color and style?
o   Would I replace it if was gone?
 
I am taking on a personal clothing challenge for the next year.  If an item doesn’t pass these questions, it goes out the door.  New clothing only comes in if I absolutely have nothing to wear for the occasion or weather.  When I do buy something it is going to match my inspiration - the Sky, Sunset and Pewter Wardrobe that Vivienne created for me and that you can see here.  


For what is left, I will banish boredom and cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the “plenty” of clothes I have by asking myself these questions!
o   What was it about this that made me want to buy it?
o   Can I combine it with something else to make it feel “new”?  This could be a different color combination or accessorizing for example.

Be happy with what I have is the mantra for now.  There is a lot of support for the idea that having fewer choices is actually less stressful.  I’m not going for a minimalist wardrobe, just a smaller and better used one that makes me feel happy with how I look now! 
  

8 comments:

  1. Thanks Vivienne! I have purchased 4 tops since you did this wardrobe and they are already favorites. Love the colors.

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  2. good for you. I've been working on the capsule wardrobe concept and although I'm not there yet,it's making life far easier because it takes away the decision process. I was spurred on when I read the average woman spends one third of her life deciding what to wear LOL!

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  3. Love the wardrobe Vivienne put together for you. I read her blog faithfully and am trying to incorporate her fabulous ideas into my existing closet.

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  4. @DonnaI love her ideas too and have enjoyed all of the wardrobes she has created.

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  5. This transition period between recognizing that a wardrobe needs work and having a finished wardrobe is such a difficult time sometimes. But your attitude is fabulous--I love your new year's task!

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  6. The day I retired (3 1/2 years ago) I vowed to clean out my closet. I've made a little progress, but I have a long way to go. I believe it's true that you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time and the other 80% only 20%. But there are things I wear zero % of the time--why oh why can't I dump those?

    I have some friends that decided for one month they would wear only something they hadn't worn in that month, something different every day. That would probably be a good way to really suss out what you'll never wear . . .

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  7. @Aesthetic Alterations - I agree that the transition is difficult and it seems to be continuous as lifestyle changes.

    @Retired Syd - It would be interesting to do your friends' experiment. I don't happen to have enough clothes to do that and oddly although it is hot here more months than it is cold, I seem to have more cold weather clothes. Another thing to change.

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