Slow and Steady (Week 6)

(I started The DH Closet Challenge in November of 2013 therefore I’ll be catching up on my progress to date in a series of posts.)

December 15, 2013

Due to a disaster with the boutique, which I have called “the hurricane,” this will be a two part update.  What I swapped is discussed in Part I and what I did when disaster struck will be in my next post as Part II.


Pattern for pattern.

Pattern for pattern.

Stripe for solid.

Stripe for solid.


Like color for like color.

Like color for like color.

Like style for like style.

Like style for like style.

Reflections for Week 6:

  • It can help to have multiple seasons in one closet:  Living in a four season climate I used to store at least half of my wardrobe outside of my working closet. And certainly in the middle of winter, I am not going to want to wear my shorts. But sometimes we have swings in temperatures (25F one day, 50F the next) and it is helpful to have cool and cold weather items in the closet at the same time. Before I started this challenge I had my entire 4 season wardrobe in my closet and it was helpful to grab a lighter weight item on the occasional warm weather day in the middle of winter. Or I would grab a heavier cardigan for the a/c at work in the summer. I am missing having all the seasons in one closet.  Also, sometimes I see warm weather clothes in the stores right now. Being able to easily see what I own helps me stay on track and not purchase items that are duplicates when I am tempted to shop for something out of season.
  • I need season specific clothes:  I am freezing in some of my outfits, even with thermals and fleece lined hose as my bottom layers. Apparently you can only layer items so much before you need to shift to another material for warmth. Some of my lighter weight knits worked great for our cool weather days but are just not warm enough now that our temperatures have dropped, leading me to start adding in some pieces for cold weather.
  • I don’t need too many season specific clothes:  I have to be very careful with how many season specific items I own. Since we do have four seasons, you don’t have too long to sport a season specific item before the weather shifts again. This is one reason why I am able to get away with 2 pairs of shorts in our summer months. We get roughly 3 months of hot weather, yet I only sport shorts on the weekends. So that’s only 12 times I can wear shorts before they sit waiting for hot weather again. And since I own two pairs, that’s only 6 times each! I am currently repeating my tweed blazer as often as I am comfortable doing so, since it will only be a few months before tweed will not work for the current weather or time of year.
  • I’m slowly growing my wardrobe:  I realized that I have 4 knit tops that are not working for our cold weather, even with layering a thermal underneath and a blazer or cardigan on top. Yet these tops were ideal when we had our cool weather days. So I am not returning them to the boutique, merely adding in some “replacement items” to round up the wardrobe for our cold weather.

Looking at the photos at the top of this post, here are the additions:

Photo 1-Pattern for a pattern. Ivory leopard pattern top that is three-quarter sleeves for the ivory patterned cardigan.

Photo 2-Stripe for a solid. Striped layering knit that is lightweight for a solid layering turtleneck. (I have four black turtlenecks so I figured I should probably start adding them into my current rotation!)

Photo 3-Like color for like color. Grey layering knit that is lightweight for grey layering knit that is heavier weight. Grey is a big layering color for me, it’s one of the few softer colors I always see every year for cold months.

Photo 4-Like style for like style. Blue hoodie that is lightweight for a coral (orange?) hoodie that is heavier weight. This coral hoodie is one of the only bright colored toppers I have in the boutique for cold weather.

At the end of week 6, I had 53 items in my fall/winter capsule wardrobe:

  • 6 bottoms (no change)
  • 2 hoodies (added one heavier weight for cold days)
  • 11 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added one cardigan)
  • 10 knits (added 3 heavier weight)
  • 3 gear items (no change)
  • 1 shirt (for layering; no change)
  • 3 LS T’s (for layering; no change)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 5 thermal layers (added one
    thermal bottom)
  • 4 scarves (no change)
  • 2 workout outfits (top and bottom; no change)

In my next post, I’ll discuss what I mean by there was a “hurricane” in the boutique!


  1. I find this to be very interesting. I find that in my wardrobe almost everything goes with everything else. I am also very bold in my clothing choices (meaning I might wear things together than other people wouldn’t consider). When the weather is nice (which has not been for a long, long time since I live in the midwest) I wear dresses and skirts. When the weather is cold I wear pants. I doubled the number of pants I own this winter because it was so cold. Previous years I would have worn a skirt or dress with a pair of tights (or two) and tall boots but this year that just wasn’t cutting it. Which meant I needed more shirts. And since this year was much colder than past years my normal long-sleeve layering pieces weren’t cutting it. So I added quite a bit to my wardrobe this year and I am doubtful that I will get to use those items in coming winters. But I really don’t want to purge those items. So I will hold on to them and hope that I get some, even limited use out of them. I admit I bought cheap things because I didn’t want to invest a lot in clothing I might not need again for five or ten winters.

    1. That is great that you were purchasing new items as you needed them Mara! I am still working on being able to do so myself. We also had a cold winter in my area and I was surprised at the small number of sweaters I ended up wearing. I have lots of sweaters, but only a small handful that are really heavy in weight and suited our unusually cold winter season. I kept wearing those few sweaters again and again and again, in an attempt to stay true to the rules of the DH Closet Challenge. Now that the winter season is over, I am very tempted to purge them all so that I can start with a new set of sweaters next year. In the boutique I have enough sweaters to overhaul my sweater capsule for next year. In the past, I would have gone out and kept purchasing heavyweight warm sweaters throughout the season, thinking that I need more because it was so cold for so long. And then I would have really jumped the shark because I would have purchased pricey sweaters, thinking I am wearing them so much that I should invest in them. And then what would I do the next year, if we go back to a mild winter season? I’d be stuck with all of these expensive heavyweight sweaters I don’t wear.

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