Wardrobe Management (Week 9)

(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.)

 January 5, 2014

Swapping a print for another, warmer print.

Swap in a warmer toned print (left) for an unworn print (right).

Reflections for Week 9:

  • I edit often:  Since I’ve started this wardrobe challenge, I’ve been editing my working closet regularly. At first it was to build up enough clothing to see how much to have in the working closet. And more recently it’s been to swap in and out items as I’ve made adjustments based on the changing weather (adding cold weather items as we shifted in to winter) and personal preferences (add in lighter colored items to brighten up the closet). I’ve always been interested in the idea of a small working closet where one shops only a few times a year but now I’m thinking this may not be the correct model for me. I may be someone who likes to modify all season long, instead of only once or twice the entire year.
  • I’m joining team wear:  One habit I noticed was that I tend to “save” my clothes. But then I run the risk of the item falling out of favor before I even get to wear it (remember the black sweatercoat story from week 7 under impulse purchases?). So my Christmas gifts (poncho, jacket, sweater) were promptly added into the working closet instead of the boutique. Which means I have to donate/swap out a few items to maintain the size of the working closet.

Photo 1-(Photo at the top of this post.)  A turtleneck (left) replaced the printed knit top (right). I added this knit top in the store, yet I haven’t worn it even once yet. I’m donating it.

Photo 2-Camel jacket replaces cobalt turtleneck. Returned turtleneck to the boutique since I still want to pair it with those elusive white straight leg jeans I’m hoping to find in spring.

Swapping the turtleneck for the new camel jacket.

Swap warm toned jacket (left) for cobalt turtleneck (right).

Photo 3-The grey poncho replaced sweatercoat and turtleneck tunic. My favorite combination was pairing these two items together, but I’m really tired of this look and it is quite dark. I have plenty of other sweatercoats in the boutique if I want to sport them again and I never found layering a tunic with no sleeves easy to do. It worked best with really long or really cropped toppers.

Swapping two items for one new item.

Swapping 2 (right) for 1 (left) here.

No photo-BR cream jeans, these were added and a pair of jeans were demoted to gear wear.

  • Extreme weather and the end of the season in stores makes me want to extreme shop: We are currently having record breaking cold weather for my area. This means bundling up in my warmest clothes. Which makes me want to run out and shop for more warm sweaters, sort of like a bear who overeats to prepare for winter hibernation, I want to overshop for warm sweaters so that I am prepared for the extreme cold. But a) it’s record breaking cold, which means it doesn’t happen all the time and b) I’m panicking because the stores will be clearing out cold weather merchandise soon for spring items, yet we still have at least 2 ½ months or longer of cold weather. So at this time of year I usually panic “what if I NEED something for the cold weather and there’s nothing to purchase?” Yet I’ve already made it through the first month and a half of cold weather, so I obviously have enough clothes to get through a month at a time, if not a little longer.
The current working closet. The pink bin holds scarves.

The current fall/winter capsule wardrobe. The pink bin holds scarves.


At the end of week 9, I had 55 items in the fall/winter capsule wardrobe:

  • 6 bottoms (one was demoted to gear)
  • 2 hoodies (no change)
  • 12 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added one jacket, one turtleneck and one poncho; donated one sweatercoat and one tunic)
  • 8 knits (returned to boutique one turtleneck, donated one printed knit)
  • 4 gear items (one pair of jeans was demoted to gear)
  • 1 shirt (for layering; no change)
  • 3 LS T’s (for layering; no change)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 6 thermal layers (added one)
  • 5 scarves (no change)
  • 2 workout outfits (top and bottom; no change)

Does extreme weather make you want to go shopping?


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