November 23, 2014
My first step for The 80/20 Challenge, is to figure out how much I own, in my entire wardrobe. Until today, the focus of Shopping Brake has been on my most used capsules, which are my shoes, fall/winter, and spring/summer wardrobes. And while these capsules have included my gear and workout wear, they’re not my entire wardrobe. I also have business/special occasion, beach/swim, and lounge/sleep capsules. Today I’m going to take a look at these capsules and how they affect my wardrobe totals.
Business and Special Occasion Capsule
This capsule is stored in a separate closet from my working wardrobe. And although I’ve posted the footwear before, what I haven’t mentioned is that this footwear is the only footwear I store in the original boxes, because they are worn so infrequently.
- 3 Suits (2 Trouser Suits and 1 Skirt Suit)
- Special Occasion Dress and Cardigan in the White Bag (for weddings)
- 3 Dresses (1 Sheath and 2 Printed)
- 2 Black Trousers (one straight leg and one cuffed wide leg)
- 5 Shirts/Blouses
- 1 Cardigan (not shown, it’s at the dry cleaners)
- 1 Shell (on the same hanger as a blazer, an old habit of stacking my clothes on the same hanger, tsk tsk)
- 4 Footwear (Black Sandal, Black Dressy Sandal, Nude Wedge, Black Short Boot)
Total is 21 items
This capsule is stored in a dresser drawer (except the shoes which are once again stored in their boxes). Again the shoes have been shown before with my shoe wardrobe.
- 1 Rash guard (shorts and top)
- 3 Coverups
- 3 Bathing Suits
- 1 Resort Dress
- 1 Sarong
- 1 Flat Sandal
- 1 Wedge Sandal
Total is 11 items
Part I of this capsule is worn for fall/winter, around the house, and consists of 3 layered items. Part II is worn for spring/summer, around the house, AND year round to sleep in.
- 3 Sweat Pants
- 7 tops (6 are t-shirts, 1 is a thermal)
- 3 Sweatshirts/Hoodies
- 4 Shorts
Total is 17 items
Crunching the numbers
These three capsules consists of 49 items. Excluding the shoes (6 of them), that’s an increase to my wardrobe total of 43 items. This brings my wardrobe total from 138 items to 181 items. Wow. This means 36 items can sit unworn for most of the year. Except my unworn total is higher than that. All 21 items of the business/special occasion capsule sits unworn for most of the year, including the shoes for that capsule. The same goes for the 11 items of the beach/swim capsule. That’s 32 items in just two capsules!
This means out of the remaining 155 items (fall/winter, spring/summer, and lounge/sleep capsule) only 4 items should be sitting unworn if I am defining regular use as at least two times a month for the given season. And I know many pieces are sitting for longer than that. Take for example, the fact that I own 18 toppers (7 blazers and 11 sweaters/jumpers). If I wear each of these only twice a month, that’s still 36 days, which is over 1 month. And I know I do not wear all of these equally. And while I don’t expect to do so, if some items are sitting for multiple months unworn, that may be an item that no longer is pulling it’s weight as part of my wardrobe.
And finally, something really sneaky happened while I was reviewing these less used capsules. I found some ‘forgotten items!”
The Forgotten Few
These four items were hidden at the bottom of my beach/swim items. Since they were forgotten, I could just donate them. But it’s a shame really, because I could have worn these pieces quite often during our fall days. Instead, I’m adding them into my working wardrobe pronto!
- 2 Vests/Waistcoats
- 2 Turtlenecks
Total is 4 items
Have you ever “forgotten” you owned something?