This week I finally got the chance to do some shopping – something I haven’t been able to do in a while.
I’ll admit it, I’ve been so bogged down with projects and a long-overdue trip to visit family, that I haven’t made the time to cull through my wardrobe and add some new things in weeks. Technically, months. And, to be really honest, the overwhelm has left me less than inspired or enthusiastic.
Changing lifelong habits is never easy – if anything, impossible. I’m still trying to eat salads for lunch everyday (number of days since salad: 18) and I’m also trying to make room for yoga everyday as well.
Number of days since yoga: nevermind …
But on my Monday night jaunt to my favorite thrift store, I noticed a promising change in my shopping habits.
As you can probably imagine, the generous folks of Orange County donate some great stuff. Combine that with pennies-on-the-dollar pricing and it’s easy to find yourself with an overstuffed wardrobe. You see: I have a weakness for perfectly good discarded clothing.
Back to my shopping trip. It’s been a while, I’m a little starved for some new clothing and, after a thorough sweep of the store, my cart was overflowing with great finds.
In the past, I probably would have just taken everything home. What’s it to me if a $5 shirt doesn’t work out?
But this time I remembered all the things in my closet left on the hanger for weeks at a time, because I’m just not into wearing them. I want to feel pride and excitement when I look into my closet, not guilt and obligation. So, after some intense scrutiny, I took home only the items I absolutely loved.
Being picky about what I bring into my wardrobe, aligning my purchases with a higher wardrobe concept, has been my primary aim for several months now. And it’s making my closet a much happier place.
A bloated wardrobe stresses me out more than a sparse one. More to wear, more to wash, more to keep track of and make sure it’s making it into my rotation. Variety is important, but an excess amount of clothing really just turns out to be visual noise in a closet, distracting us from seeing the patterns that point to our true style inclinations.
And, really, I have to ask: are we stuffing our closets in the name of variety, just to make sure we have all the wardrobe bases covered? Or are we using clothing to stuff down a dark void? A void that forces us to question the identity of our image. A void that forces comparison and invites shame.
I can’t tell you what other women’s motives are for shopping, but I can tell you with certainty that a wardrobe full of clothing you’re not excited to wear won’t make anyone happy. It will, indeed, have the opposite effect.
If you’re ready to trim down your wardrobe, check out this idea from Lifehacker. It’s a genius way to see exactly which clothes you’re just not wearing in your wardrobe. However, if you’re not quite ready to let go of everything, just box everything up and store it in another part of your place.