Every now and then I get hooked (I hook myself) into reading articles about wardrobe statistics, spreadsheets, formulas, and apps. What’s the “right” number of clothes to own, and how many pieces in each category, and what color scheme, and more left-brain analysis. (Recognizing that in much of the world, people have three or four outfits, this is obviously a self-indulgent, first world activity.)
There’s always a pie chart for “how do you spend your day?” and mine is kind of embarrassing: 70% cool casual, 30% you’ll-never-see-me casual and zero percent for the office. That’s a humble-brag, I retired from paid work three years ago.🙂
My overall wardrobe jam is to be organic and authentic. Not to stress – or even think hard – about numbers of clothes and shoes. I don’t plan my outfits in advance, unless I’m traveling. I’ll wear the same outfit two days in a row if I feel like it. But there is still that lurking analyst inside me, trying to figure out the parameters of dressing.
Does it matter how much you have as long as you love it and wear it, or even love looking at it? I say no, of course not, what if you collected coins or French horns for pleasure? You do you.
I still wanted to know where I stand in the pack, so I did a total count, excluding workout-only clothes, PJ’s, and undies. Here is my tally, higher than I thought:
52 tops (all seasons, all types – from tanks to cardigans, mostly thrifted)
3 jeans and pants (that sounds weird – why not more jeans?)
16 outerwear/blazers (mostly light to middle weight for Florida weather, and all thrifted)
16 shoes and boots, all of which I finally love (mostly retail)
Total = 117
not counting workout clothes, pajamas or underwear/socks
The number was higher than I expected, because I only have about 65 hangers. The rest of the goods are tees and tanks, folded away in a dresser, and therefore outta sight. What did I learn from the exercise?:
I have enough tops, but the fact I still hunt them while shopping means I clearly don’t love all 52. Fifty two beloved tops would be enough for a couple of years without buying a new one, yeah?
I actually have enough of everything, and can easily do a one-in, one-out guideline. This is comforting, as that’s how I like to roll. There are no gaps in my closet, unless you count Versace trousers and Valentino shoes, heh.
I am average. Sigh. The one thing I do not want to be. According to a 2016 survey, the “average” American woman has 103 items of clothing.
Have you ever done the clothes count? Willing to share your number? Stay fabulous and have fun with your closet, xo,
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