The Boutique Is Out Of Business (Week 54)

November 16, 2014

After 13 1/2 months, the boutique is finally closed.

After 13 1/2 months, the boutique is finally closed!

DH and I were discussing The DH Closet Challenge the other day and what to do about the remaining Baker’s Dozen worth of clothing left in the boutique.  The whole point of the challenge was to figure out the number of clothes I needed to own in my wardrobe to:

  1. Fit my current lifestyle and laundry habits
  2. Give me enough variety to be happy with my wardrobe
  3. Sport the majority of my clothing most of the time

And after 54 weeks of participating in the challenge and editing my over 300 item wardrobe, down to a total of 111 items (58 for fall/winter and 53 for spring/summer), and 13 items sitting in the boutique unworn it looks like I have succeeded with the challenge.  So what about that Baker’s Dozen sitting in the boutique?

Well the time has come to close the boutique and incorporate that small handful of items into my working wardrobe.

Four t-shirts added to spring/summer wardrobe.

Four t-shirts added to the spring/summer capsule wardrobe.

The 4 t-shirts left in the boutique were added to my spring/summer wardrobe, bringing the total to 57 items (previously I had 53 items in the spring/summer wardrobe):

Current spring/summer wardrobe.

Current spring/summer capsule wardrobe.

  • 8 bottoms (jeans, trousers and shorts)
  • 1 hoodies
  • 10 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans)
  • 4 knits (3/4 or LS, for layering)
  • 5 gear items (2 jeans, 2 hoodies, 1 t-shirt)
  • 3 shirts/blouses
  • 14 SS T’s/Tops (added 4 from the boutique)
  • 3 tanks
  • 3 scarves
  • 2 workout gear (top and bottom; no change; not shown in the closet photo)
  • 4 dresses
Added to fall/winter wardrobe, lounge-wear, and donate pile.

Added to the fall/winter capsule wardrobe, lounge-wear, and donate pile.

The denim shirt, poncho, zip up cardigan and tan pullover/jumper were added to my fall/winter capsule wardrobe. The 2 Devils themed items were added to my lounge-wear capsule (not shown in the closet photo or fall/winter wardrobe totals). The black turtleneck was donated (I’m not currently interested in ribbed knitwear).

 

Added to gear.

Added to gear.

The two fleece items were added to my gear capsule.

With 6 items added from the boutique, this brings my fall/winter wardrobe total from 58 items to 64 items, yikes!

  • 7 bottoms (jeans and trousers; no change)
  • 16 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added 3 from the boutique)
  • 6 knits (used for layering; no change)
  • 6 gear items (2 toppers [fleece, hoodie], 1 layering knit [turtleneck] and 1 bottom [jean]; added two from the boutique)
  • 2 shirts (for layering; added 1 from the boutique)
  • 5 LS T’s (for layering; no change)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 6 thermal layers (no change)
  • 5 scarves (no change)
  • 4 workout items (2 tops and 2 bottoms; not shown in closet photo; no change)
  • 3 Short Sleeve Tops/Knits (no change)
Four new purchases.

Four new purchases.

I also recently picked up 4 additional items that were added to my fall/winter capsule wardrobe, now I’m up to 68 items, double yikes!

  • 7 bottoms (jeans and trousers; no change)
  • 18 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added 2 from new purchases)
  • 8 knits (used for layering; added 2 from new purchases)
  • 6 gear items (2 toppers [fleece, hoodie], 1 layering knit [turtleneck] and 1 bottom [jean]; no change)
  • 2 shirts (for layering; no change)
  • 5 LS T’s (for layering; no change)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 6 thermal layers (no change)
  • 5 scarves (no change)
  • 4 workout items (2 tops and 2 bottoms; not shown in closet photo; no change)
  • 3 Short Sleeve Tops/Knits (no change)

Between the boutique additions and new purchase additions, I’ve added a total of TEN items to my fall/winter wardrobe!  Ten items added to my original fall/winter wardrobe size of 58 items, is a 17% increase.  Time to purge some items.

Purged items.

Six of the seven purged items.

I only ended up purging 7 items (forgot to photo one short sleeve top), leaving me with 61 items in my fall/winter wardrobe.  Not exactly one in/one out for each added items to the wardrobe, but it’s a good start.

Updated fall/winter wardrobe.

Updated fall/winter capsule wardrobe.

  • 7 bottoms (jeans and trousers; no change)
  • 15 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; purged 1 cardigan, 1 pullover and 1 poncho)
  • 7 knits (used for layering; purged 1 knit)
  • 5 gear items (2 toppers [fleece, hoodie], 1 layering knit [turtleneck] and 1 bottom [jean]; purged 1 hoodie)
  • 2 shirts (for layering; no change)
  • 4 LS T’s (for layering; purged 1 knit)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 6 thermal layers (no change)
  • 5 scarves (no change)
  • 4 workout items (2 tops and 2 bottoms; not shown in closet photo; no change)
  • 2 Short Sleeve Tops/Knits (purged 1 but forgot to photo)

Now that I have completed The DH Closet Challenge and put the boutique out of business I think it’s time to start another challenge, don’t you?

Are you currently participating in any wardrobe challenges?

 

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