This week, I’m filming a fashion post for my July Vlog. We’ll be talking about some of the ideas in The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline. Specifically about how much of our wardrobes we actually wear.
Cline says that the percentage of our closet most of us wear will surprise us. She says that we greatly overestimate how many of our clothes we really wear, that we are in fact “highly deluded” in that respect. Ha. She also says that we overestimate the number of clothes we really need to “make getting dressed more delightful, instead of a chore.” The number of clothes we need to be a happy camper is what Cline calls our “Magic Wardrobe Number.”
So while Hubby was off golfing on Friday, I counted my clothes to find out how much of my seasonal closet I wear. But I’ll let you watch the video to find out what I found out.
This one was a bit long, I admit. I edited out a ton of stuff, too It seems I do like to blither on and on and on. Ha.
So the upshot is that I added up the clothes in my closet and in my drawers that I wear regularly. Some of those pieces I wear more frequently than others, of course, depending on weather and occasion. I added my “do wear” pile to my “should try harder to wear” pile to come up with my magic number. I did not include the pieces I don’t wear; obviously if I’m not wearing them I don’t need them. This is the size of my wardrobe with which I feel very comfortable. I don’t feel as if I have any holes, and I don’t feel as if pieces are unnecessary. My magic wardrobe number is 46 pieces. This includes jackets, tee shirts, sweaters, pants, skirts, blouses/shirts, dresses, and jeans.
And that number is individual to me. Based on how I feel about what’s in my closet. Not on how anyone else feels.
Of course, strictly speaking, many people would tell me that I could manage fine with only one white tee shirt. But could I? One of my white tees is sleeveless and loose, one is sleeveless and more fitted, two are short sleeved, one more fitted, one loose, one is long sleeved. They all serve slightly different purposes. The same goes for black tees, although I only have two of those. Do I need two navy blazers? Probably not, but since I bought them fourteen years apart, I wouldn’t say that buying my Veronica Beard suit in 2016 was too much of a splurge. Like I said. The size of my closet is for me to determine.
Now… if you’re interested… it’s your turn. See if you can come up with your magic wardrobe number. Have a really good look at your closet. I mean REALLY look. And actually think about what is there, what you wear, what you don’t. If your “do not wear” pile is the largest, ask yourself why. And how you might change the proportions so you wear most everything in your closet. Then the number of pieces in your wardrobe should be your magic number.
Elizabeth Cline says that we overestimate how many clothes we need to make getting dressed fun. That a smaller wardrobe with quality versatile pieces in it will make us happier than we think.
In the end it’s not important exactly what your magic number is. It matters if your closet makes you more happy than frustrated. That’s the important thing.
Of course Cline’s book explores many more ideas and issues beyond how many clothes we own. I’m looking forward to chatting with you about other lessons I’ve learned from her book, like Michael Kors’ “meat and potatoes rule.” I love that one. But I’ll save it for another day 🙂
P.S. Many of my pieces are older and not available anymore. But here are links to some of my favourite things that are still available.
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