In a hindsight – this probably should have been my second post on the blog. If I’m not to buy any new clothes for a year, wouldn’t it be great to start with knowing what I have to work with? Better late than never though, so I made a pot of tea and spent few hours going through my wardrobe. Oh dear. I was under false pretenses that I don’t have all that many pieces. All laid out in front of me, counted and documented, I was proven wrong in the spectacular fashion.
So, clothes. 209 pieces – yep, over two hundred pieces, and that’s just clothes… Brace yourselves, people, we are in for a long haul. I have…
Sportswear – 16 pieces. 1 pair of runners (included here because they aren’t ever used for anything else but working out), 1 running jacket, 1 pair of grippy socks for ballet barre, 3 sports bras, 1 tank top, 2 long sleeve tops, 2 T-shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of capri leggings, 2 pairs of leggings.
Shorts and skirts – 17 pieces. 4 pairs of shirts (3 denim shorts – oops, but at least one if them is up-cycled from a pair of male Ralph Laurens that were headed for a bin!), 1 maxi skirt, 5 mini skirts (4 of them H&M jersey skirts), 4 pencil skirts and 3 A-line skirts.
Trousers – 11 pairs. 8 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of chinos, 1 pair of cords and 1 pair of pyjama bottoms that are only ever used for lounging when it’s cold.
Dresses – 18 pieces. 3 gowns, 2 sweater dresses, 1 shirt dress, 6 T-shirt dresses, 2 fake wrap dresses, 2 sleeveless dresses, 1 pencil dress, 1 A-line dress.
Shirts, jumpers and sweatshirts – 14 pieces. 1 hoodie, 1 sweatshirt, 3 shirts, 2 cardigans, 7 jumpers.
Long-sleeved tops – 21 pieces.
T-shirts & tank tops – 24 pieces. 15 t-shirts, 4 ‘dressy’ tank tops, 5 basic tank tops.
Jackets – 5 pieces. 1 winter jacket, 1 parka, 1 wind breaker, 1 light black jacket, 1 trench coat.
Bits & bobs – 73 pieces. 8 bras, 26 pairs of knickers, 1 body, 1 garter belt, 21 pairs of socks, 5 pairs of leggings, 11 pairs of tights/stockings. No picture, people J
Few stranglers that didn’t make any pics are 3 bikinis, one-piece swimsuit, swimming cap and a pair of beach shorts, so 9 pieces.
Special mention to my floaty kimono cardigan top thingy – proper fashion term, this! It was love at first sight. Even though I didn’t think that I would get all that many wears out of it, I wanted to have it. What happens when you love a piece of clothing? You wear it, a lot, which thankfully was the case with the kimono. It also helps that I can wear it with a tank top in summer or long sleeved top in winter. And, after me owing it for 5 (or maybe even 6) years, my love for it is as strong as when I bought it. It’s a win all around, don’t you think?
So, the conclusions. Blue/navy (23 pieces) and stripy (21 pieces) are obviously my go to, closely followed by grey. Must check the rainbow out, see if any colours will grab my attention. I’ve too many ‘casual’ T-shirts and long sleeve tops that I can only wear when I’m not in work. I lack some basics like a blazer, pencil skirt or cigarette trousers to go with the blazer, a nice coat, structured dresses for work and layering pieces (big cardigan comes to mind). As well, even though it might not seem so, some workout gear. Few tank tops and at least another sports bra and pair of leggings wouldn’t go amiss given that I try to move every day. And I badly need white or nude underwear set. Something to keep an eye out for when checking consignment shops (apart from underwear, obviously). As far as having plenty of options goes, I think I should breeze through to 1st of October.
Coming up next will be shoes and accessories all lined up and exposed. There’s another eye-opener in the making for sure!