I was totally going to cut my head off for this, but decided not to…real-life isn’t so perfect/pretty all the time. And who wants it to be?? I haven’t washed my hair in I don’t know how long, and I can’t smile from all the hardware in my mouth LOL, but I have the most beautiful life.
While Leo and I were on our road trip a couple weeks ago (seems like so long ago!) I thought a lot about life, work, the coming year, and how I might do better to design a more intentional life. Ha. Apparently I forgot that you can make all the plans you want and POOF! life gets in the way.
Mostly, as I was doing my wardrobe audit (see it here – as a google doc), and looking at the list of items in my wardrobe, I wondered why I had so many things – I kept thinking: I have too many clothes in my wardrobe I’m not wearing. Again. I have too much, and I don’t want so much anymore.
To recap, when I last left my wardrobe audit in February 2017, I had 198 total items in my wardrobe. When I edited it a couple weeks ago, I ended up with 204 total items; I added and subtracted a lot this year (I got rid of almost all of my Everlane items, and I’ll talk more about that later). But since I returned home, I have removed quite a few more items (most of my “home” t-shirts), so now I’m down to 191. This is EVERYTHING in my wardrobe, including shoes, bags, items I wear only for Pure Barre, “home” items, and quite a few pairs of shoes that are on their way out.
I’m not trying to get to a specific number, or be below a certain number, numbers are arbitrary to me and mean nothing. But like I said, I reached the point again where I feel like I just have too many things I don’t wear as often as I’d like. In my head, I can justify keeping them, and maybe I’ll wear them one or two times, but I also wouldn’t miss them if they were gone.
Why have I reached this point again? Of having more than I want?
Most of the “extra” things are pieces I bought to try. They are by designers I wanted to try, the silhouettes were intriguing, I thought the item would be more useful than it is…etc., etc. More or less the same things that all of us deal with when we are trying to decide whether or not to buy something new.
But for me it’s a little different, since trying things and talking about them is my “job.”
I have created this little corner of the internet to talk about clothes, style, and all the surrounding issues, and I’m constantly shocked and pleased that I’ve been able to do this work for nearly fourteen years. It does mean that I try things maybe I wouldn’t otherwise, given that I have such a casual lifestyle (I work from home), so it’s easy to amass quite a few more items of clothing than I can realistically wear in my “everyday” life.
BUT. This, Grechen’s Closet, IS my everyday life. It has been my life for thirteen years – full time for eleven of those years.
My “life” is talking about clothes, selling clothes, and wearing clothes. I don’t have kids, or a “job” I go to everyday outside the house I have to dress for. I can dress however I want, and part of the fun of this life I’ve created for myself is that I have opportunities to try new things and designers that I wouldn’t have under other “normal” (whatever that is) circumstances.
Thanks to working with designers like Elizabeth Suzann, Tradlands, Eileen Fisher, etc., and to the credits I earn from Garmentory ($20 whenever a new customer signs up and buys something via my referral link), Everlane ($25 referral for new customers) and Shopbop ($300 a month for hosting their widget on my sites) I can review for you items I might not be able to purchase on my own. Some of those items turn out to be workhorses in my wardrobe (these ES Clyde pants for example), and others turn out not to be so.
I don’t mind adding and subtracting items as often as I do; I’ve let go of the notion that I should buy things “forever” and that I should know my style, buying accordingly. That’s all bullshit (nothing lasts forever, especially not “personal style”). And it’s boring.
I am interested in clothing, what we wear, how we wear/use the things we buy, how those things fit into our lives, and the work of small, independent designers. I want to try all of the things.
At the same time, I also want to do better at cycling things out of my wardrobe faster. I want to really love all the things I have and know they work for me, fit me well, and represent my style at the moment.
I thought about implementing a one in/one out rule, but I hate rules.
I thought about trying a no-buy, but that’s also a rule, and who am I kidding?
So I’m going to aim to do a wardrobe audit every month, at the beginning of the month. And I don’t mind being brutal about what I get rid of – I know there will always be something else, and that a thing is just a thing.
I guess I just want my wardrobe to be more efficient for me, I don’t want to put an outfit on and take it off again, because it doesn’t feel like “me,” or reflect who I am at the moment. I know what those outfits are, and I know the things I need to get rid of, I’ve just put it off longer than I should have.
There’s no time like recovering from a fractured jaw to do a wardrobe purge, right ?? 🙂