Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about clothes. I find my thoughts turning to the things I wear, the things I’d like to wear, and what other people wear, surprisingly often. It’s not as if this is something new; I’ve always been interested in these very deep and important things. However, since reading Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, which I received as a Christmas present, there have been a lot of clothes-related questions in my mind. This, combined with more and more frequent occurrences of the dreaded ‘a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear’ morning scenario (one of my least favourite ways to start the day, by the way), meant that I’ve been doing some sartorially focused soul-searching.
In trying to answer the question ‘What would my dream wardrobe be?’ I found inspiration from a very unlikely source. Not from all the fashion and style blogs I peruse daily, not on a Pinterest spree, not from leafing through glossy magazines, not from films and TV (although that’s not entirely true, Blair Waldorf is a huge inspiration). When it came to defining a basic, everyday wardrobe, I realised I wanted to have what my boyfriend has.
Now, The Boy, is not fussed with fashion one bit, but I suppose he does have his own style, in the sense that he knows what he likes and stays pretty consistent with what he wears. I’ve always been jealous of his small collection of merino and cashmere jumpers in shades of blue and grey. In fact, I believe he actually has the perfect capsule wardrobe. He has a very pared down wardrobe, where everything goes together and is the right size, he wears all his clothes often, and perhaps most importantly, he likes pretty much everything he owns. This came in sharp contrast with what I found when I went through my own closet. I own many, many items of clothes that I never wear. They are either the wrong size, or they have the wrong fit, or they don’t suit my lifestyle any more, or they are too old and worn. I realised that not only do I spend more money on clothes than The Boy does, I also have a closet that is full to bursting with clothes that don’t even make me happy. Something had to change.
This is how I came to form my first Wardrobe Resolution:
“I will work towards building a wardrobe consisting of fewer, better quality items that fit my taste, my body, and my life.”
My goal here is to have a closet that is not full to the brim but instead contains pieces that work together and that make me happy. I love that feeling I get when I wear my favourite Breton top, or my favourite white summer dress. It seems like the days when I am wearing something I consider to be ‘my favourite’ are a little bit happier. Do you find this to be true for you? There is absolutely no point that I can see in having dozens of shirts if I only love and wear a handful of them. To me, the perfect Capsule Wardrobe consists of fewer pieces that are the best quality I can afford, fit me perfectly, are consistent with ‘my style’, and are ‘my favourite’.
The first step towards this goal is to sell, donate, or recycle all the clothes, shoes, and accessories that don’t fall in the descriptions above. This is hard for me, I expect to be sentimental about quite a few things and invent silly reasons not to get rid of them but I will do my best to be ruthless. This will certainly highlight what’s lacking in my wardrobe. I’m also hoping that this will leave me with enough stuff to actually wear… I will keep you posted!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you care about clothes? Are you happy with your wardrobe? What would your dream closet contain? Really, any thoughts on this that you feel like sharing are most welcome; I find that this is a subject I can talk about to eternity.