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.
- ‘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.
- A cashmere sweater I’ve had for at least a decade that has seen better days.
- 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.
There are a lot of good reasons for reviewing your clothes and discarding things that you aren’t wearing:
- 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.
- If you are going through change, a well curated closet (read: organized) is one less thing to think about.
- It saves time and money.
- Being fashionable is not important most of the time, but finding your personal style is.
- Feeling good in what you are wearing is a worthy goal.
- 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.