When I had that attack of mindless consumerism the other day, I figured it was probably a good idea to step away from all the
pretty coats distractions and take stock – what are my real wardrobe needs at the moment?
Creating a functional wardrobe is all about being aware of what we already have and mindful about what we really need.
It’s knowing that all our tights from last Winter need replacement, but our Winter trousers don’t because we ended up wearing skirts most of the time.
It’s knowing – and accepting – that buying a pair of Hobes as our casual cool-weather footwear, is probably not the best idea since they’re not hardy enough for the rainy place we live in.
I am at a stage where I can, with a clear mind, recall most items in my wardrobe – and what condition they’re in. But in the midst of excitement around something new, all clarity goes out the window.
I’ve recently found that, when that happens, pen a paper are all the technology I need.
Writing things down helps me focus and achieve a level of awareness that I don’t have when I’m exposed to distractions such as newsletters from my favourite brands, emails announcing new items/promotions, instagram…All those little things that prevent me from thinking clearly about a purchase, and encourage me to obtain stuff that may not contribute to the functionality of my wardrobe.
What do I already have? What condition is it in? Will it last another season? How many new pairings can I create with it?
These are some of the things I’m currently trying to answer, in the hope that it will help me make better decisions about what to buy this year.
I suspect this may take me some time (and effort). But without a clear idea of what’s going on, it will be a lot harder to make useful contributions towards my wardrobe – and easier to buy stuff that I will regret later!
What about you? Have you taken stock of your wardrobe’s state of affairs lately? How often do you do it?