I really enjoyed reading the comments and messages after my post about some of the bags which have left my closet. Hearing about other’s experiences and thoughts was really interesting and fun! To that end, I thought I’d share some of the process I go through on a regular basis when doing my “closet clean outs” – and how I decide what stays and what goes. I hope to make this a seasonal series, since that’s usually when I do some wardrobe culling.
1. Y & Kei blouse. I bought this blouse I want to say….a little under ten years ago, and I think from Barneys. I loved super feminine pieces at the time and just thought it was beautiful. There are so many lovely details on this top. And, I remember feeling super proud because I saw a photo of Nicole Richie (in her Rachel Zoe days) wearing the same one, ha! For those reasons I’ve kept this blouse for a while…but haven’t worn it in a year or more, and before that was only wearing it once a year or so.
Verdict? Going…it’s gorgeous but not as much my style anymore.
2. Burberry trench. This was purchased on sale from the Burberry San Francisco store. It was more than 50% off I think, and I liked that it was single breasted (I sometimes find single easier to wear than the classic double breasted style). It’s a super classic style and item. For some reason though, I’ve barely worn this trench. Maybe it’s because the gold buttons are so prominent – so I feel like I can’t wear silver items as easily with it. And the belt actually has quite a heavy buckle – it clangs when I walk!
Verdict? I’m keeping it for one more year and then if I don’t wear it, it’s going. I suspect it’s one of those “basic” items that you think you’ll get tons of wear out of, but don’t.
3. Saint Laurent pumps. I bought these after seeing them in person on the always alluring Wendy who of course was able to walk flawlessly in them and make them so super chic. I’ve worn these a few times, and they are really comfortable because of the platform, but I’m always afraid that I’m going to tip over in them. For some reason I don’t have the same fear with my favorite Tribute sandals, but these always scare me a bit.
Verdict? Not keeping…I have limited shoe space and other “nude” colored heels.
4. Burberry London trench (yes, another one!). This one was purchased at the Burberry flagship in New York on the last trip my mom and I took there – I want to say in 2008 or so. It wasn’t one I would have tried on myself, but the salesperson brought it over and belted it for me, and I said to wrap it up! I wore it a lot for awhile, but haven’t put it on for at least a year. I kind of forgot I owned it, if I’m being completely honest.
Verdict? Keeping…I still love it and have worn it since I unearthed it!
I realized after writing this post that the two items that I kept were both fairly classic outerwear. I think that’s pretty natural, but I wonder if I justify keeping certain items because they seem more “forever” pieces, which isn’t good. Next year, not only will I hopefully be keeping up with this “Closet Cleanout” series – but I can also update on whether I’ve been wearing my two trenches, or not!
Are you all doing some closet clean outs of your own, to get ready for fall?