My wardrobe had been suffering some serious neglect, so, true to my personal campaign to spruce up my style, I did a bit of a long overdue clothing stocktaking this week.
Following the action plan suggested by the Wardrobe Architect (thanks for the link, Veronika!), I started by taking everything out and arranging it into three piles: “yes”, “maybe” and “no”. As I held each item, I questioned myself: Do I wear it? Does it make me feel good/look good? Does it have any sentimental value?
I was firm and sentenced to the “no” pile all items which I did not wear in the past year or which did not make me happy/nostalgic, while ignoring any inner appeals to hold on to them. I live in a very limited space, so being ruthless with clutter is an absolute necessity, which is probably why very few items ended up in the “maybe” pile. If my unwanted stuff can go somewhere better and more useful, then it should.
All “yes” items went back into the wardrobe (on new MATCHING hangers!) and arranged into the following major categories:
The Good Old Jeans
These are indeed my daily uniform, which, apparently, is something characteristic for many of the generation X people. I will also admit to keeping a size 6 pair of jeans (US size 2?), which I used to wear before my daughter was born (well, I am talking more than 10 years ago!). Although I can no longer fit into them, they are a physical proof of my being skinny once upon a time, and I like holding on to that memory.
The Trusty Chinos
These step in when the weather is simply too hot for the good old jeans, and they have so far been pretty good summer substitutes for my uniform.
The Sure Bet T-Shirts
The very foundation of my comfort zone. Practical and down-to-earth. A small number of thin V-neck jumpers were assigned to this category since they, basically, fulfill the same purpose as long-sleeve T-shirts during colder seasons.
The No-Nonsense Shirts
These have some structure and I like wearing them because they stop me from looking like a slob by giving some definition to my somewhat roundish shoulders. They also can give a bit of sophistication to jumpers, when worn underneath.
The Sidekick Cami Tops
While I don’t feel comfortable wearing sleeveless tops on their own, cami tops do come in handy when the shirt is a bit too sheer or the neckline is a tad too low, so, effectively, they are just another form of underwear.
The (Nothing) Special Occasion Wear
A very short list here: a suit I got for a job interview many years ago and a pair of smart trousers I recently acquired with a view to wear them to a wedding party.
Nothing too exciting so far, as you can see. Mere basics. Practical and useful. And boring. Also quite disposable, waiting for its turn to be sentenced to the “no” pile.
The last category on the list, however, is by far my most favourite:
The Treasured Handmades
These include my wardrobe stars I crocheted myself for myself:
There is so much pride in wearing something you have created from a ball of yarn. Something that will last and will always feel special. I think it would be fun to add a few more items in this category and to splash some more paint on the blank canvas of my wardrobe. (I have got two more pieces in the works, but more on those later!)
In the meantime, what is your favourite wardrobe category?