Une femme has been making noises for months about doing a ruthless closet purge, and it has finally happened. Beginning Friday night I spent about 15 hours over the weekend pulling, sorting, bagging up clothes to donate at my local thrift store. (Or photographing and posting over at Emotional Baggage. Make me an offer, I just want these to find a good home!)
A few things I've realized:
1. The hardest clothes to get rid of are the ones I've rarely or even never worn, but that have sentimental value, like my Air Garcia t-shirt (bought in 1992 at the one and only Dead concert I ever attended) or the coffee-themed Hawaiian shirts I bought in Hawaii and wear maybe once ever five years when someone has a luau party. The second toughest items to purge are the ones that I've worn much and loved, but that either are worn out or no longer fit.
2. Impulse buying isn't always a bad thing. Some of the items that have become my core favorites were purchased on impulse. If it speaks to you, it fits, it's within your budget, and you have occasion to wear it, don't dither.
3. After the purge, it's a lot easier to face getting dressed in the morning. I can see everything, and am down to the core pieces that I know actually fit and work for me. Over-abundance and too many choices can be paralyzing, and weigh me down mentally and emotionally.
4. I am just not a skirt/dress person. I kept only two skirts, and no dresses (though I only had two).
5. I am, however, a jacket person (though I already knew that) and while I thinned out my collection considerably, a couple of brilliant additions found their way in over the weekend (more in an upcoming post).
7. My tried-and-true wardrobe philosophy (stick to simple, neutral, classic pieces, update with accessories or an interesting jacket) may be boring, but it's what I keep coming back to and what works for me. For some, that might seem like a rut, but after spending so much energy trying to "find my style" I realize I already have.
* Not MY closet, mine isn't that neat and has much more black. Closet photo from here.