I wrote a couple of months ago about a new phase in my wardrobe: a winnowing of pieces down to more quality and less quantity. I said that I was emerging from an accumulative phase (lots of thrifting and experimenting) to a more pared-down phase.
Well, I am in the winnowing process now, and I’m finding it quite exciting. The change of seasons is of course a great catalyst. Gray and navy sweaters don’t look interesting now, and even my hair is reaching out in new, unexpected ways (humidity!).
Having studied some of my favorite blogs and style books, I came up with simple criteria, and applied them to every piece in my closet. I didn’t try everything on, as many books suggest, because I wear almost everything regularly. I just put my hand on the hanger, and talked to my clothing like this:
- Are you good quality?
- Do I want to wear you right away?
- Do you flatter me when I glance in a mirror?
- Are you easy to take care of?
- Are you the style personality I am feeling now (feminine, casual, a little funky), or a true Classic piece?
Many items have flunked the test/s and were taken to various charity shops this past week. Some worn-looking tees, knee-length shorts, denim skirts, two pairs of dated shoes and two inexpensive rayon dresses were out. A few nicer pieces were given to my sisters. I also gave away some costume jewelry that didn’t pass muster, and streamlined my scarf drawer.
There’s still work to be done, but I’m feeling optimistic. I’ll write next week about the pieces I’ve been eyeballing, to fill in the holes.
Are you doing any seasonal edits? Feeling an urge to purge a part of your closet?
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