Wardrobe management was a concept I had never heard of.
“What Now?”… “Did you say manage my wardrobe?”
In my mind, wardrobe management involved the following:
- buy stuff (lots of stuff)
- buy more stuff to match
- “Oh and you totally need those shoes to match too, then the outfit will totally work!”
- hang it up in the wardrobe (that’s if it doesn’t sit in the beautiful boutique shopping bag for a few days first)
- leave the tags on in case you don’t end up wearing it (so you can exchange it on next weeks shopping trip)
- hopefully wear it more than once
- move it into the spare wardrobe when it’s not loved any more
- struggle to donate or pass on unloved items for, ummm, at least 3 years
Now when I put it like that it’s ludicrous! But managing my wardrobe was never something I ever considered, which is so odd because I love being organised, I’m a typical type A personality, I love spread-sheets, planning and a clean tidy home and I’m a manager in my real-work life. So why on earth did it never dawn on me to assess, evaluate, review and manage the effectiveness of my wardrobe?
It baffles me why this wardrobe management idea went way over my head for so many years. It’s like… where was I when this idea came to town? The wonderful Debbie Roes of A Recovering Shopaholic is to thank for my epiphany that day that I began to manage my wardrobe!
I was reading one of Deb’s blog posts about her meticulous wardrobe inventory stocktakes that she regularly undertakes. I realised I didn’t even know what was in my wardrobe. I didn’t even like half of it, don’t wear half of it and I just have plain too much! I just buy stuff and add to the pile, mindlessly and endlessly.
So what does it mean to manage your wardrobe? Below are some links to some blog posts that sum it up perfectly.
Debbie Roes- Closet Purge and Inventory
The Vivienne Files- How Many Pieces of Clothing do you need?
And of course, keeping a capsule wardrobe has made my wardrobe actually manageable.
With a capsule wardrobe, I now know specifically what I need to fill wardrobe gaps next time I shop. I now feel good in what I wear and no longer have stuff that doesn’t fit or sits all odd and out of shape. I am now mindful about what items I wear often and what doesn’t tend to get all that much use. I know what I need to shop for and even more importantly, what I don’t need to shop for. My wardrobe is now value for money. I am more in tune with my personal style, the washing and laundry process is quicker and more efficient and my clothing is better cared for.
I feel like I love fashion more now that I have less. I feel like I have my own little boutique in my wardrobe that is regularly assessed for quality standards, wearability, fashionability. I am a seasonal buyer with the quarterly mission of keeping my little boutique on trend and catering to my market needs- my market is me! And the fun part, I get to shop my own little wardrobe boutique every day! 🙂
I’d be interested to hear if anyone else like me was also oblivious to the idea of managing your wardrobe… or was I the only one in the dark?