I really like knowing what I’m going to wear. There is a thing called decision fatigue. It's why Steve Jobs wore the same thing every day. He saved his decision making power for more important matters.
I usually know what I’m going to wear because I only have a handful of each item in my wardrobe that I currently enjoy wearing. So it’s always just a combination of those things. They say most people wear 20% of their wardrobe. So why not only keep the 20% and donate or sell the rest?
These items are comfortable, good for work and/or hanging out, and I think they look pretty nice. But they’re not perfect and some of them are starting to look a little bit worn. Most of these items were purchased at UNIQLO, a department store, or a thrift store.
I’m working on investing in some clothing that is sustainably, ethically, and humanely made. (That’s a whole other blog post.) I’m using the INTO-MIND “Personal Style & The Perfect Wardrobe” workbook to help me discover my personal style and my perfect wardrobe. I want to feel awesome in all of my clothes. It’s funny that I feel like I have to use an 85 page workbook to do so. But hey, it’s a great workbook and I really need to see things step by step and on paper. I think if I put in the effort now, the reward will be long lasting and so worth it.
I like the idea of capsule wardrobes, where you have a small amount of pieces that fit your lifestyle and work well together. Some people have a capsule wardrobe for each season, some have two per year, and some I think create one capsule wardrobe for the entire year. Some people do 33 pieces per capsule wardrobe. Some people have more or less. I will see what feels right for me.
I think it makes the most sense to take my time creating one capsule wardrobe for the entire year. I want to own less and really get a lot of use out of each piece, especially if I’m going to be investing more money in each.
This means I will also have to take better care of my clothes, not letting them sit in the dryer for days to be wrinkled and then ironed. I think I will be more motivated to keep them nice because I will basically be in a long term relationship with them, having spent more money on them and loving them and all that…
What’s your wardrobe philosophy? Do you have one? Do you think you need one? Do you care about looking put together? Do you wear clothes? Come on people, let's talk.