Wardrobe Clear-Out (because It’s Overdue)

I’ve begun the edit of my wardrobe. I compiled a list of everything I own, everything I wear, and everything I feel confident when wearing. Unfortunately, that gave me an end result of the following:

IN MY CURRENT WARDROBE
Tops Skirts Dresses Outwear Shoes Other
Short Sleeve Shirts 5 Long 3 Long 2 Coats & Jackets 2 Boots 2 Robe 1
Long Sleeve Shirts 3 Short 4 Short 3 Vests 2 Booties 2 Scarves 2
3/4 Sleeve Shirts 1 Cardigans 9 Sneakers 1 Hats 4
Sweaters 3 Hoodies & Sweatshirts 3 Flats 1
Tanks 7 Sandals 1
Heels 2
Slippers 1
Total: 19 Total: 7 Total: 5 Total: 16 Total: 10 Total: 7
TOTAL (11/28/2017): 65

Now, for a lot of you, this may not be much. It might not even be on your radar to have 10 pairs of shoes, or a 5 skirts. But for me, this is a pretty big number – especially when a lot of the items making up that number are pieces that I never reach for or only wear because the pieces I actually like are all in the laundry bin.

If I take away those items, I’m left with:

WHAT I LOVE USING
Tops Skirts Dresses Outwear Shoes Other
Long Sleeve Shirts 2 Long 2 Short 3 Vests 1 Boots 1 Scarves 2
Short 1 Cardigans 3 Booties 2 Hats 1
Hoodies & Sweatshirts 2 Sneakers 1
Sandals 1
Total: 2 Total: 3 Total: 3 Total: 6 Total: 5 Total: 3
TOTAL (12/05/2017): 23

As you can see, I’m not left with much. A couple of outfits and then I’m out of luck. I am a minimalist, but that doesn’t mean I’m an extremist. I’d like to have more than 4 outfits to my name.

I’ve always loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe. For those unfamiliar with this, it’s a wardrobe compiled of a set of high-quality basics used year round. Those basics are then buffered by a few seasonal pieces that you swap out every couple of months (this is the morphed version of the original capsule as proposed by its inventor, Susie Faux). My one issue with this was the idea of swapping out pieces each season and storing the remainder. I hate storing clothes. Storage bins are clutter (believe me, I have enough of them to know). I prefer to have all clothing hanging up year round.

Which led me to a similar idea: the 333 Project is a challenge in which you use only 33 items of clothing for 3 months. Now, again, this project involves swapping pieces out at the end of 3 months- but the idea is to only swap pieces you realize you’re not entirely adoring or that are not getting enough use out. This seems much more suited to my idea of minimalism. Not to mention, I’ve always loved the idea of that beautifully rounded 33 number.

I’ve concluded that I will attempt a version of the two that will (hopefully) equip me to minimize my wardrobe and still allow me the freedom of more than 4 outfits. I plan to take Susie’s capsule wardrobe idea and fill it with 33 pieces (comprised of items for all seasons) in total.

I am using the pieces currently in my wardrobe as the basis for this project, but I still need to purchase several items. I also want to replace some of my existing pieces with better quality items that will last much longer (when you have fewer clothes, they tend to wear out a lot quicker). For the most part, my wardrobe will be primarily black – and I’m 105%  okay with that. I’m confident and comfortable in the colorless color, and I’m embracing that with vigor.

For the inventory lover in you (or is that nerdiness only something I can claim?), here’s a spreadsheet of what I plan to have in my wardrobe (please note that I’m not counting my gloves or purse as I only have one of each and don’t really consider them negotiable wardrobe items so much as needs):

IDEAL WARDROBE
Tops Skirts Dresses Outwear Shoes Other
Short Sleeve Shirts 1 Long 2 Short 2 Coats & Jackets 1 Boots 2 Scarves 2
Long Sleeve Shirts 3 Short 2 Vests 2 Booties 1 Hats 1
3/4 Sleeve Shirts 3 Midi 1 Cardigans 2 Sneakers 1
Sweaters 1 Hoodies & Sweatshirts 2 Flats 1
Blazers 1 Sandals 1
Heels 1
Total: 8 Total: 5 Total: 2 Total: 8 Total: 7 Total: 3
TOTAL: 34

And for those of you who prefer graphics, here’s an image of the entire wardrobe (minus the beanie which I didn’t feel like taking a picture of after all this collage work) all planned out (images are from Amazon – I do not own rights to any of them and will not receive any compensation for sharing them here):

Have you ever attempted a capsule wardrobe or the 333 Project? What are your thoughts on minimalist wardrobes? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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