Tuesday Update: Loopholes.

Minimizing my wardrobe is not going as well as I’d hoped. After being caught in a downpour with a too-small trench coat that I can’t zip up, I realized I needed a new trench coat. And I wanted a GOOD one, an investment piece. Not just something on sale that may or may not fit the bill. My husband agreed and that was it — I had my loophole. My excuse to go shopping.

Throughout this entire process, I’ve continued to browse online. Every day. I constantly check the Nordstrom site for new arrivals since they make it so easy to do so. I also check for new markdowns. And I add to my list. Now really, does it make sense for me to have a growing list when I’m trying to downsize my closet? Why do I struggle so much with common sense when it comes to shopping?

My older son wanted to go to the Shopping Mecca last weekend because his favorite restaurant is there. I took him, knowing that I’d probably be able to find a trench coat. I also knew I’d be trying on all the new things from my list. I managed to stick with just the trench coat, a perfect one at that! Small success. Then we hit some other stores because he really wanted to go. I offered no resistance. He’s a menace when we shop, never staying anywhere near me, so again, common sense left the building. I found two things that have been on my list forever and caved in. I also found two other items that fit the new specs of my wardrobe… but I really didn’t want to start filling specs before I’d gotten my wardrobe to a manageable size.

While mulling this over today, a question popped into my head. Why do I buy new things when I still haven’t worn my previous new things? I still have several pieces from sanctioned shopping that I haven’t worn. What?? Why am I buying more? This makes no sense whatsoever. I’m going to try a new rule: no more clothing/accessory purchases until I’ve worn everything I have at least once.

Christmas is coming. Sanctioned shopping. I cannot use it as a loophole.

Minimizing, Round 2.

Yesterday, I decided to take a stab at minimizing my current wardrobe. The first thing I did was inventory my closet. The next step was to remove any obvious items — anything I neglect, anything I don’t want to wear, anything uncomfortable, anything I don’t like on me, and anything I have trouble styling. I removed 37 of 113 pieces. Here’s the breakdown of the 76 pieces I have left:

  • 2 jackets/vests
  • 6 dresses
  • 12 pants/jeans
  • 9 skirts
  • 10 cardigans
  • 4 sweaters/pullovers
  • 5 long-sleeved shirts
  • 7 mid-sleeved shirts
  • 5 short-sleeved shirts
  • 16 sleeveless shirts

Next round, I’ll remove anything that I don’t love. If I put it on and say “meh,” it’s going onto the not-keeping pile. I’m going to be brutal!