After reading that, I was inspired. (Or at least as inspired about clothing as I am going to get.) There was a lot of stuff in my closet that I didn't really even like and things that I rarely wore. I would guess that 50-75% of my closet was made up of thrift store finds which while awesome and frugal, often meant that I would settle on a piece of clothing just because it was in my size and cheap instead of wearing it because I liked how it looked on me or wearing it because it fit well with what was already in my wardrobe. Of course, I'd like to blame some of my closet woes on Kai. I know it's almost two years post baby but I think lots of us hold onto clothing items because we are a bit delusional regarding how we want them to fit and how they really fit or because we are certain that we will be able to make them fit better in a few months. To be honest, I lived in yoga pants when I was pregnant and while I don't wear yoga pants every day now, I would guess I wear them 3-4 times a week. Perhaps it's time to move out of the yoga pants. Or at least save them for moments where I might be exercising.
The purge was on. My goal wasn't to buy a whole new wardrobe, just to be intentional with what I already had and to keep the super star pieces. Once I did that, then I thought I could swing buying a few new pieces to round things out. I basically emptied my closet and started putting back in the things I knew I liked. I had maybe 4-5 things that I was confident that I really liked. Then I started evaluating the rest. Did I even like it? Was it holey? (Gosh, that should not have to be a criteria but I had like 4 things in my closet that had holes.) Did it fit right? I tried things on as I sorted and paid attention to the way that the things looked on their own and how they looked with other pieces like cardigans or button down shirts. I made piles then for "yep, keep it", "no way, it's terrible", and "maybe, need to think about it." For those in the maybe pile, I gave myself a couple of days to think about it and to try it on again before deciding. In the end, I also made a pile of stuff that I liked but would like better if it fit differently, that didn't seem to coordinate well with what I was keeping, or that I was just too on the fence about to make a decision about. That pile of stuff I put away with the intention of revisiting it at the end of the summer, to use as a way to "shop my stash". I am embarrassed to admit how much I got rid of. (Maybe I shouldn't be embarrassed since I'm hoping I will make a bit of money by consigning those things but it was a bit nuts to know how much stuff I had that I didn't even want to keep.Or how much I owned that was basically the same thing. I had four black cardigans. Four. I also found two shirts that I had forgotten I had that got crammed into the back corner of the closet. Sheesh!) I would guess I easily got rid of over 40 pieces of clothing, maybe even more. I didn't count but it was two huge stacks.
|I bought this top...|
|And this one...|
|And this one...except in blue and grey with a lime green stripe.|
|And this one too!|
I also bought a pair of beige linen capris (to replace the awful up-to-my boobs pair), a white button down shirt, a grey cardigan, and a white cardigan. I think I spent about $100 total and I bought the last three items with fall and winter in mind. At some point, I'm going to tackle my jewelry. My shoes could probably use a good sorting too. (In fact, the blogs I read on creating clothing capsules often include shoes in their set number of pieces and limit themselves to like 3 pairs of shoes.) I really like shoes so I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to that.
Hopefully if you see me in person, I will not being wearing yoga pants. And hopefully, I'll look more put together and polished. And if I don't, just keep your mouth shut and go on.