cull to 33
Head first. That’s the way I usually go. I did that recently when the lovely4 year old daughter of a friend of mine encouraged me to do a forward roll. I am fairly sure that I didn’t break my neck but it was, I feel touch and go. You would have thought I had learned my lesson.
Yesterday I worked through the first day of the Project333 programme. What makes this appeal to me is that is isn’t just about creating a capsule wardrobe, but about making you think about what you actually need as opposed to what you thought you wanted.
One of the first exercises was to list the items in your wardrobe that you know you will never wear and why you haven’t got rid of them before. In every case my answer was guilt. Guilt that I had spent money on something I haven’t worn and probably will only wear a few times. Guilt because they were presents and I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. The source of the guilt was immaterial. Guilt was the reason. Just writing that down was freeing. I don’t have to feel guilty. I have forgiven myself for much greater sins than the rash purchase of a dress in the East sale. I have regifted or rehomed any number of presents, why should clothes be different?
Another very illuminating question. If you could start over, what would be in your ideal wardrobe? As I listed the items I realised I already owned that wardrobe. Those things were all there but I couldn’t see them for all the other stuff getting in the way.
So here is draft one of my capsule wardrobe. Thirty three items not including underwear , gymwear (in my case yoga kit) lounge at home wear (identical to the yoga kit), nightwear (dressing gown and slippers), jewellery worn 24/7 (wedding, eternity and engagement rings, pearl earrings, silver cross, watch and glass bead bracelets) glasses and prescription sunglasses and yardboots for dog walking/gardening/working outside.
One leather tote, one cotton scarf, one pair flat sandals, one pair suede wedge sandals, one pair fitflops one necklace one bracelet (7).
Two strappy vest tops, 1 cotton loose knit top, 1 turquoise and 1 matelot 3/4 sleeve tee shirts (5)
One pair white linen trousers, 1 pair navy linen trousers, 1 pair black linen trousers, 1 pair grey jeans. (4)
One sleeveless floaty top, 1 chiffon kaftan top and I am wearing a 3/4 sleeve white floaty top (3)
Two cotton Boden dresses, 1 silk and cotton floaty white dress, 1 smart blue & white silk spotty dress, 1 long jersey dress (5)
One 3/4 sleeve white cardigan, 1 3/4 sleeve green and blue cardigan, 1 long black cardigan with silk chiffon “skirt”. (3)
That comes to 30 – which gives me three more things I can add if and when I need. It was surprisingly easy. Now to see how well I can stick to it!