I'm not sure why I suddenly decided that Now Is A Good Time to do a wardrobe challenge, but I'm prone to fits of industriousness (and hormones). Who knows?
- Blouse - Antonella, vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here in December 2015 under a Desigual dress
- Dress - Tangerine Jill, consignment; last worn here in July 2015 with more orange
- Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here in January while getting my freak on with the yeti coat (again)
I really love this dress - I wish I had been in a more upbeat mood today to enjoy it. After a really quiet weekend, I had nothing this morning. No oomph, no rah-rah, no enthusiasm.
- Leather obi - local, thrifted
- Earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
Okay, so I don't even have a name for this wardrobe challenge, but I counted how many days are left in my fall/winter season (my closet gets swapped out twice a year: once at the end of March, and once at the end of September), and gave myself that many closet items and shoes. As of today, that's 46 items. I don't plan to count my "soft tops" that don't live in the closet, or any of my tights or slips or layering pieces.
I spent about an hour puttering around, pulling out what I wanted to wear and then thinking about what each item would go with. I want to make sure I can wear every item at least once, ideally more than that. Whittling it down to 46 was hard.
My jackets and dresses:
- Dresses: 7
- Jackets: 5
My pants and skirts:
- Pants: 3
- Skirts: 9
Sweaters, tops and blouses. I don't know if we're going to get a lot of really cold weather, but I need to be ready for a wide range of temperatures.
- Sweaters, tops, blouses: 14
Because I'm not counting my soft tops, I won't need a ton of pieces to work with all of the jackets.
And shoes! When I did my 30 For 30 For 12 Challenge in 2012-2013, I did between 6 and 8 pairs of shoes/boots per month.
- Shoes: 4
- Boots: 4
Two pairs of high-ish heels, but nearly everything else is flat or low-heeled.
So - that's it! I'm going to make all of my outfits until the end of March out of all of those clothes. As I rummaged through my closet, I ended up weeding out a huge pile of clothes. Items that I wasn't excited to wear? Gone. Items I love but don't wear much? Re-evaluate: can I wear 'em around the house? Do they stay and get packed away, or do they have use in spring/summer?
I realize - as a closet maximalist (I will never be a minimalist wardrober) - that this is what many people's full wardrobes look like. For me, having a lot of items to choose from in my regular wardrobe means I can wear pretty much whatever I want - there is always something that will go with it in my closet. However, I do tend to go back to the same things over and over, I get tired of older pieces, and want new ones. This challenge is just a little shot in the arm to excite me about my clothes during these last rainy, grey days of winter. I'll probably add and subtract to this as I shop over the next 7 weeks too - no more than 45 items, though!
What do you think? Would this be enough clothes for you, or would you be overwhelmed with choice? I know from my own previous experience that I'll get sick of some of these pieces, or fall out of love with some, or fall madly for others. But above all, that creative spark will be fanned - it's going to be fun!
You know who else likes fun.
|"Is it me? Are there shoelaces in there?"|