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Minimalist Wardrobe Pruning: Look at it by season

Ever so often (okay.. every time I move), I go through my wardrobe and basically cut out what I don’t think should be in there any more.

This includes:

  • Anything that doesn’t fit — too big, too small
  • Anything that doesn’t feel good — sometimes the shape is awkward
  • Things that I haven’t reached for in a while — “What? I own this!?”
  • Anything that just isn’t flattering any more
  • Anything that isn’t my style
  • Orphan items — Looked great when I bought it, not sure how to wear it

In addition to all of the above, I thought an interesting way to look at my wardrobe would be to sort what I own into seasons.

See, I tend to wear seasonal uniforms — Dresses in the Spring and Summer, Pants and Skinny Pants tucked into Boots for the Autumn and Winter.

Work always stays the same — long pants, blouses and heels. Sometimes I wear a dress in Summer, but it only depends on the work environment, and if it’s acceptable to do so.

I now photograph (or find photographs of) things I own in my wardrobe, so that I don’t buy two of the same thing (although I like multiples of perfect, classic items).

The following is a representation of my wardrobe:



  • 5 Sleeveless Silk Shell Tops
  • 5 Light Cardigans
  • 7 Trousers
  • 2 pairs of heels


  • 5 Casual Tops
  • 4 T-Shirts
  • 12 Casual Dresses
  • 6 Skirts
  • 7 Tank Tops
  • 1 Pair of White Straight-Legged Trousers
  • 2 Pairs of Cropped Pants
  • 1 Pair of Bootcut Jeans


  • 5 Collared Casual Tops
  • 4 Collared Silk Tops
  • 5 Jersey Wrap Dresses
  • 3 Pairs of Skinny Pants/Jeans
  • 1 Leather Jacket
  • 7 Jersey Blazers
  • 1 Trench Coat
  • 1 Winter Coat
  • 5 Cashmere/Cosy Sweaters
  • 3 pairs of gloves
  • 5 summer/spring scarves
  • 1 winter cashmere scarf
  • 1 winter travel wrap


  • 5 Formal Dresses
  • 5 Formal Clutches




  • 4 Long-Sleeved Tops
  • 4 Leggings
  • 1 Yoga Top
  • 1 Yoga Capri Pants
  • 1 Yoga Dance Pants (loose and not fitted)
  • 2 Hoodies
  • 1 bathing suit


  • 2 pairs of leather ballet flats
  • 2 pairs of fabric ballet flats
  • 1 pair of knee-high leather boots
  • 1 pair of leather winter boots
  • 1 pair of hiking boots
  • 2 pairs of dressy sandals
  • 1 pair of summer Birkenstock sandals


  • 2 watches


  • 3 fabric purses
  • 4 leather purses
  • 3 crossbody purses
  • 5 gym/super large bags

The only places I’d add to are with adding more utility shirts,and perhaps a pencil skirt or two, tweed blazer, and a leather jacket.

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  1. anya

    Where can I get the work outfits that you have?

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      The specific pieces are long gone but the general wardrobe can be created with mainstream retailers like Banana Republic and so on.

  2. Heather H

    Hi, I also purposefully do not buy from China. I am curious if you have any other countries you purposefully avoid or is it just China?

    1. saverspender @ save. spend. splurge.

      China I avoid 100% as much as possible unless I have no other alternative (e.g. suitcases unless I want to spend thousands of dollars). Other countries, I am more lenient because they are not as unscrupulous and unethical as Chinese folks can be due to being blinded by money.

      I TRY not to buy from other countries for ethical reasons like Bangladesh, Vietnam and so on but sometimes that is the only place where something I actually need is made.

  3. Tania

    I’m wearing those exact Frye engineer boots in black as I read this post 🙂 I have to say the brown is quite appealing. I’m so bad about the multiples buying. I tend to buy the same thing over and over. I have to have inner dialogue with myself, something like, “now that’s a great black (or striped) jersey T but you have ten of those at home – step away from the T”.

    I like that you have a variety of colors but still manage to keep a somewhat minimal approach. I don’t as much, I stick to neutrals for the most part. My color comes from scarves and other accessories.

    1. saverspender @ save. spend. splurge.

      There’s something about black for me that makes me shy away. I think I feel like it’s too dark…. even though that’s a silly thing to think, as I really like dark grey. Odd right? 🙂 I used to love black as a teen, now it’s fallen off my radar as a colour.

  4. Tracy

    Are you still trying to not buy made-in-china clothing items?

    1. saverspender @ save. spend. splurge.

      Not trying, I am NOT buying. If I see it made in China, I do not buy it.

  5. alana

    I love your clothes, particularly those work pants and tops. Somehow, you manage to do multiple posts on your wardrobe and bring something different every time. I feel like it should be repetitive and boring when I see a clothes related post but I always come away with something fresh from your various clothes/wardrobe posts. Where did you get those tops?

    P.S. I thought you were downsizing, 11 coats/jackets.blazers! They sure are nice though.

    1. saverspender @ save. spend. splurge.

      Thank you! What a nice compliment. I buy the tops through various places and cities but mostly just on whims. As for the coats and blazers I have a lot less now, this wardrobe is outdated already.

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