Hello my dears! What does this lovely day find you doing? I have a busy afternoon ahead, but this morning I have the delight of sitting down to write to you all about a project that I have been cultivating for the past 2 years: My everyday Winter wardrobe. Today I wanted to take the time to evaluate where my wardrobe is at this moment, and hopefully give you all some inspiration and encouragement in the realm of clothing choices, and narrowing down the items in your closet.
So, this is my everyday wardrobe right now. Six skirts, five blouses, six t-shirts, and 15 sweaters, only 12 of which are suitable for the cold winters of Ohio (one blouse, one skirt, and two t-shirts are not pictured. What can I say? Some of them were in the wash and others were being worn!). My goal over the past 2 years has been to transition my wardrobe to one that possesses more finesse than your average t-shirt and jeans. I have nothing against those items of clothing in their place, I just don’t feel comfortable and put-together in them in an everyday situation. Wearing a blouse, nice skirt and sweater makes me feel put-together and ready for any occasion. I used to save my wool skirts for Church wear, until I realized that wool could be worn everyday, and doesn’t have to be cleaned that often. After that realization all of my wool skirts switched sides in my wardrobe and were put on regular rotation in my day-to-day wear.
When I switched from wearing t-shirts to wearing blouses, I kept a large portion of my t-shirts until I was certain that I could get through a week and a half without having to wear them. That test period took approximately 3 months, and just last week I was able to discard the majority of my t-shirts into the donate pile. I have kept six t-shirts to be worn under blouses and sweaters as undershirts, because, just in case you didn’t know this, that is the original function of t-shirts: undershirts. I still will wear a t-shirt on it’s own occasionally, but I am getting to the point where I prefer my blouses to my t-shirts.
I must say my sweaters far outweigh the staples of my wardrobe, but they are the spices and sprinkles for my day to day outfits. They add variety, not to mention warmth. 75% of my sweaters are either 100% or mostly wool/cashmere. My love for wool has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 2 winters, so I am slowly working on weeding out my non-wool winter sweaters. I will probably keep my cotton and acrylic sweaters for the rest of the winter before I decide if they need to be ditched or not.
Overall, I am currently living with an everyday wardrobe of 29 working clothing items: 17% blouses, 21% t-shirts, 21% skirts, 41% sweaters. I have really worked on narrowing down my selection of clothing to pieces that I love and wear day in, day out. And you know what? I love it! I didn’t think I could live with so few of options, but when your wardrobe entirely consists of pieces you love and wear, and that work together, the combinations are endless. There are still style combinations that I have yet to put together, and I wear these skirts, blouses and sweaters every single week! Keep in mind, my everyday winter wardrobe used to be twice this size. But I wasn’t wearing 50% of it. So over the first 3 cold months of this autumn/winter season I evaluated what I really liked to wear, and when I had the confidence that I could live with just those items, I dumped everything else. I would highly recommend this method of clearing out your closet to anyone who needs a wardrobe purge. Start keeping track of what you really like to wear, and then wear just those items, observing how many days you can go before you run out of those pieces. After you have done that for a few weeks, and you have built up the confidence that you don’t need your other clothes, donate, repurpose, or, if they are too worn out, dump them.
I am so glad you all took the time to evaluate my wardrobe with me (even Angel wanted to join in on the fun! 😛 ). This time has been very profitable to me, and I hope it has been encouraging to you as well. There are still some changes that I want to make to my wardrobe over time, replacing store-bought blouses with handmade, better-fitting versions, among other things. But overall I am very happy with the progress that I have made in the past few months. It has been a fun challenge, and I am looking forward to applying the principles I have learned to my Summer wardrobe.
What changes have you been making to your wardrobe lately?
How do you purge your wardrobe?
Would you like to see more of these “Inside My Wardrobe” posts? Perhaps one on shoes & accessories?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer