My side of the closet...nothing fancy but at least it's organized now!
The Result: The task of photographing and uploading my tangible closet into a virtual closet wasn’t actually as tedious as I thought it would be. It took a few hours and now I’m done! As I purchase new items I will need to add them to my existing virtual wardrobe but for now I just organize my images.
I go through my closet a few times a year in the hopes of weeding out the old and unworn, but this usually results in a small bag of items to give away (some of which I usually pull out of the bag and return to my closet, vowing to wear said items more in the future). I was hoping that by sorting through my closet as a set of images I would be able to see my clothes differently and I was not disappointed. Looking through the images made it easier to see what I had, what I wear all the time and....well, I discovered some embarrassing things...
The Cold Hard Facts...
Total items: 208
Worn regularly: 54
The items I wear regularly are mostly cotton t-shirts and tanks, cotton dresses, one pair of jeans, black leggings, and a few warm coats. Basic, simple, comfortable.
Worn rarely: 45
The items I wear rarely are mostly things that I love but am afraid to ruin (very silly-must change this attitude immediately), a few seasonal pieces and a few things that I don’t even like.
Worn 1, 2 or 3 times: 109!!!
What?!? That’s half my wardrobe and I never wear it. Obviously! I’m too busy wearing old t shirts and jeans.
After going through my closet piece by piece and getting rid of things that I know I won’t wear, things that don’t quite fit right or feel good on and the things I don’t really like (duh), I made quite a dent.
Total Ditched and Deleted: 24
New Total: 184
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*Sigh*...It felt so good to get rid of the items in my closet that were just sitting there! As a broke student/artist it is really hard to get rid of something even if I don’t wear it. I don’t exactly have the funds to go out and replace it but, as a result, I have held onto a lot of clothes that I don’t feel good in, aren’t my style or don’t really fit! These clothes are great items for a Naked Lady Party, to donate to Goodwill, to take to a consignment shop or to pass on to another broke friend who might actually like them!
Also, I got two boxes of velvet hangers from (50 Qty. each) and they have completely transformed my side of the closet! They have them at Costco and also for sale on Amazon.com (see my link under Favorite Things tab to the right). They're inexpensive and really effective.
Now that my closet is organized and my "work is done" I promise lots of fun stuff in the future! I know the last few posts have been a little "style clinical" but my hope is that someone out there might be inspired to go along this style discovery path with me. I don't know about you, but every time I see a movie makeover (Pretty Woman, Sabrina, The Devil Wear's Prada, Mrs. Doubtfire, etc.) where some slightly un-styled ingenue is transformed, in under fifteen minutes, into a chic stylish lady, or read an article in Vogue about some socialites style overhaul, I always get a little inspired...and then annoyed! I don't have tons of money lying around, Gary Marshall's stylists or the Vogue accessories closet to tap into. So, I'm attempting to do it on my own!
Next week: A trip down memory lane in the name of style inspiration!