I’m a little late this year in posting this, but I decided to write down a few key “wardrobe resolutions” for this year as we finish out the first month of 2013, and wanted to share. Here are some of mine, and as always – I’d love to hear yours!
1. Edit, edit, edit. Despite several rounds of clean outs last year, my closet is still too stuffed for my liking. I have to admit that I can get very sentimental about clothing, and I am also always fearful that something is going to come back into fashion and I’ll feel like an idiot for having thrown it out. Though…in the interest of full disclosure, this has yet to happen. Hmm.
One trick that I’ve used in the past is a “purgatory” drawer. The clothes that I am on the fence about throwing out, I toss in a drawer, which I never look at. If in the next six months I find myself looking for something that’s in that drawer, I take it out and put it back in my closet. Otherwise though, the items go. I need to put my system back into action and be absolutely strict about what I allow myself to keep! There’s more than a few BCBG dresses and “going out” tops from my post college era which for everybody’s sake should probably be retired to greener pastures.
2. Write it down, and tally it up. I’ve always been a semi-obsessive Mint user, but to get a better handle of my fashion spending, I started a Google Doc list of my wardrobe purchases in late 2011 and continued it in 2012. I don’t keep returned items on the sheet – I just delete them, and I have a running sum function at the bottom that serves to remind me how much I’ve spent on fashion during the year. It can get scary.
At the end of 2012, I went back and highlighted all of the items that in retrospect, I wouldn’t have purchased (but that weren’t able to be returned due to time, use, etc). This helped me figure out not only clothing types that seemed to just never work for me, but also certain brands. For example, I’ve never had great luck with Topshop for some reason, and so now stay away.
This year, the tally was around $250 which isn’t as bad as previously but still isn’t great. I’d love to get that number down to as close to $0 as possible in 2013.
3. 30 pieces for 2013. From my handy Excel sheet, I can see that I purchased 48 items in 2012. That includes all the basics like t-shirts and all of my fashion mistakes. Even so, that’s quite a lot. So this year, I want to give myself a stretch goal that I’m only going to buy 30 pieces, total, in 2013. That includes bags and shoes, but I’ll give myself a pass on underwear and socks and the like. Otherwise, I’m going to hold myself to to try and buy only on average, 2-3 items per month. And then maybe one day I can be like a chic French lady and buy only 10 pieces a year, though I’m not holding my breath!
My non-wardrobe related resolutions? Usually the same every year – be nice to loved ones, do a good job at work, meet short term and long term savings goals, discover some great new books, and travel as much as possible.
Now please share if you like – what are your resolutions – wardrobe and overall?