This week I unpacked my Fall/Winter clothes from the bin under my bed and put away my Summer items for the season. As I unpacked and began thinking about the outfits I could make, I realized that a lot of my clothing doesn't feel like "me" anymore and, now that I work from home, some items don't really fit my life. Also, despite having what I thought was a manageable amount - 64 items, excluding farm & workout clothes and the 17 Summer items in storage - I only wear about 10-15 things regularly.
Rather than quickly going through and donating a bunch of things (as I have in the past), I decided to take a slower approach: I am going to wear each item I own in at least one outfit and then make the decision to keep, store (ie. for a future office job), consign, or donate. Excluded are formal/occasion dresses, workout clothes, PJs, and shoes.
I'll be evaluating items on comfort first (can I wear it sitting at a desk for hours?) and whether or not it fits my body, style, and life. My hope is that this will help me to better define my style, find what looks and feels good on me, and identify gaps in my wardrobe (to slowly fill with second hand/thrifted and ethically made/sustainable options). It also has the added benefit of ensuring that I don't just wear leggings and PJs all the time!
For now I'm keeping my challenge on this account and using the hashtag #wearyourwholecloset. The #summer10x10 and #10x10friends community influenced my decision to slow things down and try wearing old items in new ways, so I will use those too. If you are following along mostly for slow/low-waste living, farm life, and sourdough posts, I will continue sharing posts from those areas of my life as well 😊
For my first outfit, Day 1 (yesterday), I wore a fairly typical outfit formula for me - high waisted skinny jeans and an oversize sweater - and my new replacement loafers! I found that the pants were uncomfortable for working/sitting in - the waist is high but hits right below the natural waist and cuts me off at an odd place when seated. I'm thinking of keeping the jeans just for non-work activities until I can find a more comfortable replacement. Any thoughts are welcome!