RETAIL RECOVERY is about recovering from mindless buying and instead actively building a personal, well-utilized, tightly-edited wardrobe. i want my clothes to be expressions of me, not just the result of retail therapy, impulse purchases, and random moments of succumbing to editorial instructions. i’ve already explored the contents of my closet thoroughly in a blog titled 34 PIECES. that project came about after a particularly aggressive bout of Spring cleaning (i believe i stored an additional 10 iffy pieces, setting them aside to evaluate later). i then determined to work with the pieces that were left, rather than replace all that was tossed out with new, unnecessary space-fillers. 34 pieces, i found, can yield a lot of different combinations. more than 70 unique combinations at last count. in the process, while on a shopping hiatus, i also had some time to think about what i liked about those 34 pieces and what i didn’t.
after turning my closet into a semi-public project, i am a bit burned out on some of the pieces, but i also have proved to myself how far a small wardrobe can go. with that lesson learned, i now want to actively build a small wardrobe – 34 PIECES was really the result of weeding, not planting.
i hope to build 2 wardrobes – spring/summer and fall/winter, because that is most appropriate for where i currently live. this time around, repetition is fine (as long as i have enough items to allow for laundering before another outing). working with a rough ingredient list right now, the basics that i am aiming for at this point are:
spring/summer: shorts, pants, dresses, tops
fall/winter: jeans, pants, dresses, tops
yes, i know, that is not the most inspired list, and it seems obvious at first glance, but any thoughts on how many items (the minimum) would make a perfect wardrobe?