Analyzing Fall/Winter Part I (Week 17)

(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.)

February 25, 2014

This is a two part post, part I is below.

My final fall/winter closet.

My final fall/winter capsule wardrobe

Now that we are moving into spring, I thought it would be interesting to crunch some numbers from the fall/winter side of my working closet.  The photo above is my final fall/winter capsule wardrobe, minus the two workout outfits which I keep folded in a dresser.

Unfortunately I started this challenge in the middle of our fall season, so I’m not certain that I have the correct number of lighter weight items for fall.  However, I am certain on my number of winter items and the numbers are much lower than I would have guessed at the start of The DH Closet Challenge.

My final totals for the fall/winter capsule wardrobe mentioned in my last post, was 54 items:

  • 6 bottoms (jeans and trousers)
  • 2 hoodies
  • 12 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans)
  • 7 knits (used for layering)
  • 4 gear items (2 toppers [fleece, hoodie], 1 layering knit [turtleneck] and 1 bottom [jean])
  • 1 shirt (for layering)
  • 3 LS T’s (for layering)
  • 4 tanks (for layering)
  • 6 thermal layers
  • 5 scarves
  • 2 workout outfits (top and bottom)

Reflections for Week 17:

When did I reach my final total?

I reached my final total of 54 items, at week 7.  I did not stray very far from this number (weeks 9 and 12 I had 55 items) for the remaining weeks.

Out of the final total, 26 items were utilitarian in their function and were for specific activities or as a layering item.  These included: gear items (4), workout outfits (2 outfits, 4 items), thermal layers (6), tanks (4), LS T’s (3) and scarves (5).

That left me with only 28 items for outfit remixing (bottoms [6], hoodies [2], toppers [12], knits [7], shirt [1]). I left the shirt and knits (which were used for layering) as part of the pieces for outfit remixing, as these items were worn without a topper on rare occasions.

Items worn the most, were still only worn 12 times.  Since I remember some items being workhorses and worn often, this means items were either worn once a week, almost every week, or worn often within a week, to not be worn on other weeks.

How often did I overhaul my working wardrobe?

My first edit of the working closet items, was during week 5 (2 items).  I also purged again during week 9 (4 items) and week 12 (7 items).  That gives me a total of 13 items removed from the working closet during fall/winter for a turnover  of 24%.

An unconscious mini capsule.

An unconscious mini capsule.

Did I shop during fall/winter?

Unfortunately, yes, I did shop in the retail stores and NOT the boutique during the fall/winter season.  Some of these new pieces were swapped in right away.  Other items that went unworn were returned.  Yet 10 items I held onto, thinking I would get around to swapping them into the working closet.  But that never happened.  Now I am at the end of the fall/winter season and they are still unworn and no longer able to be returned.  I thought it was interesting that my new purchases, which were not purchased at the same time, but throughout the season, made their own mini capsule (photo above).

Have you ever created a mini capsule with things you bought?



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