It must be in the air! Clearing out closets, I mean. Last week I went through all my drawers and hangers to see what I was ready to part with, and yesterday I read Reading My Tea Leaves blog about owner Erin Boyle’s closet clear-out. Erin’s post inspired me to write about my experience.

When I was finished cleaning my closet I had three shopping bags to give away containing clothing purchases over the past few years that were mistakes: things that never fit quite right and things that I always felt frumpy in.

  1. ‘Jean’ styling knit ‘pants. I liked the idea and I really wanted them to work but the fabric was too heavy and unforgiving. I held on to them for 2 winters and now they are gone.
  2. A cashmere sweater I’ve had for at least a decade that has seen better days.
  3. My red coat which has seen a half a dozen winters, which I am tired of — and is becoming a bit too defining. I am passing it on to someone who will enjoy it for another few more years.

Lest you think my closet is bare, a return to the corporate world (even if it is a pretty relaxed environment) meant shopping. I mean, I’ve been living in yoga pants for the past five years.

I bought 3 new cardigans (since I find jackets uncomfortable) in cream, blue-grey and white and some higher necked tops to go with them, (two black, one red) one pair of pants, one skirt and a black jersey tunic.

My closet

Why Care?

There are a lot of good reasons for reviewing your clothes and discarding things that you aren’t wearing:

  1. Wearing the same clothes, colours and styles when you are in a transition can make it difficult to move on to a new phase of your life.
  2. If you are going through change, a well curated closet (read: organized) is one less thing to think about.
  3. It saves time and money.
  4. Being fashionable is not important most of the time, but finding your personal style is.
  5. Feeling good in what you are wearing is a worthy goal.
  6. Feeling frumpy should be discouraged at all costs.

My minimal wardrobe ideal is this:

I met a woman (she was the spa manager on a cruise ship) who wore a simple dress (almost always black, though I did see her in white one day) and a different shawl every day. That’s my goal! I already have the scarves/shawls – it is one of my weaknesses and I’ve been collecting them for years. I have been on the lookout for 1 or 2 dresses so that can become my work uniform.You wouldn’t think finding the perfect LBD would be difficult, but it is.


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