My Current Wardrobe Count: October 2014
I did a quick wardrobe count of what I own and this is what I came up with:
I did not include my jewellery, underwear, or my lounge/home clothes like sweatpants and ratty t-shirts or tank tops that I can never wear outside, because… I can’t wear them outside of the home.
This is just clothing I can wear outside to work, or what have you.
MY CURRENT WARDROBE COUNT
- Tank Tops: 6
- Blouses: 7
- T-Shirts: 4
- Long-Sleeved Shirts: 23
- Dresses: 36
- Blazers: 7
- Skirts: 13
- Pants: 16
- Sweaters: 14
- Coats: 9
- Scarves: 22
- Gloves: 7
- Earmuffs: 2
- Hats: 3
- Purses: 18
- Boots: 7
- Work Shoes: 3
- Tennis Shoes: 1
- Ballet Flats: 4
- Sandals: 6
133 items of clothing
21 pairs of footwear
Total: 204 wardrobe items
I am obviously very heavy in the tops and dresses department.
Let’s face it, the fact that I can go a month and a week wearing a different dress each day says something, no?
I also really like long-sleeved shirts (which include button-ups by the way). There’s something about a crisp white silk shirt that tugs at my heart strings.
My scarves are also a pretty hefty collection but that was to be expected, as I consider them a staple accessory.
I could probably cut down on my total number of items to 150 or even 100, but I don’t really have the energy or the willpower to. I think over time, I will be weeding out items I no longer wear and doing it like that.
I think I’m going to start reinforcing the one-in-one-out rule. If something enters my wardrobe, something has to leave.
My plan is that going forward, I am going to start culling down my wardrobe pieces. I obviously don’t wear all of them but I need to do this over a year so I know what I don’t wear for ANY season, or I wear only in certain seasons (e.g. sweaters in autumn and winter).
I already started getting rid of things and we’ll see how low I can go.
One thing’s for sure though, I do not need any more clothes.
I DO NOT NEED ANY MORE CLOTHES.
I only need to refer back to this post to confirm this.
I have 22 dresses, three of them are for formal occasions (one for winter, one for autumn and spring and one for summer – I live in a Nordic country). But I beat you in the amount of scarves: 26 🙂 I agree that they are a staple accessory and I use every single one of them. Some of them are from the 90s!
Earlier, I had trouble spending money on items like boots and cardigans. I don’t have many of them, so they get a lot of wearing. I always thought the ones with good quality were super expensive and bought cheaper alternatives, which often didn’t last that long. But then I got this Closet plus-app and have been using it to find out how much I spend on clothes and how much I wear them. That’s when I realized that the price per wear for my boots and cardigans was like nothing! Definitely worth spending money on those so that they’ll last long.
This app, by the way, is a great help when packing (I’m traveling a lot). It also has helped me to see which items don’t get worn enough to justify their place in my closet.
I always feel like I both have way too many clothes and also I don’t have nearly enough. I’d wager I consistently use about 75% of my wardrobe. The other 25% are pretty dresses which I almost never wear (but for some reason always want more of?).
I can see why you don’t need more clothes. Your clothes are beautiful! It’s like having a zen garden that fits in your suitcase and you can take anywhere.
The only things I added to my wardrobe to survive my first Canadian winter were two pairs of thermal socks, a pair of boots with cleats and a pair of mittens.
I would guess that your totals would be about average for a woman of your age and means, even if the distribution would be different (how does one have room to hang 36 dresses!?). I can’t believe you have so few sweaters. As a Canadian I figured you would need a wardrobe of at least 25% sweaters 🙂
Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom
If you love and wear everything, then I think your wardrobe is just the right size!
I’m no fashionista and I found that I was only wearing certain items over and over. So I looked into capsule wardrobes and got rid of a lot of stuff I didn’t like. It opened up more more options with fewer pieces. I know that now when I reach in the closet I’ll pull out something that I like to wear.
One trick I heard a while ago was to put all your hangers in backwards. As you wash your clothes put them back the right way. At the end of the year it will be easy to tell what you haven’t worn.
Like AP I don’t really wear dresses, I think I have 3 (4 including my wedding dress) and they’re all formal or casual formal (would wear to a casual wedding but not to work). I know that my #1 wardrobe item is cardigans, I have one in almost every colour and some in multiple shades of the same colour, probably could do to pare those down 🙂
I’m curious about the seven pairs of gloves! 😀 What kinds/styles are they?
This is so cool. I’ve always wondered how many outfits I could come up with in my wardrobe.
The Asian Pear
Wow. You have 36 dresses?? I have… 2. Arguably 4 if you throw in an old bridesmaids dress and a prom dress. ^__^; I was thinking I need to up my dress department.
I love the graph – very visual. If I did a similar count, I would probably have just about as much as you. Although, I think you surpassed me in dresses.
I haven’t counted my wardrobe items but one time counted shoes and found to my dismay that I have over 30 pair. That includes snow boots, slippers etc. I was shocked. I usually wear maybe 3 or 4 pair! I’m retired and don’t need alot of clothes but I do keep a couple of nice suits and dresses on hand for funerals and weddings. Otherwise its usually jeans and t-shirts.
I think you have a great collection of good quality items. I am in the process of downsizing my wardrobe (again) as I am convinced that I STILL have too many clothes.I also need to get zippers fixed in 4 pairs of perfectly good jeans. Am afraid to do an inventory like this one 🙂
I have a ton of dresses as well. They’re just so versatile! Plus, it’s a whole outfit in one fell swoop! I came to the realization late last year that I too do not need any more clothes. I’m trying to be better about either wearing or giving away old things that linger in the back of my closet…