I have just " retired" some clothes and am looking at a neat wardrobe rail. Has occurred to me that I have a bit of an imbalanced mix of things, but that also could just be my inner unsated consumer wanting to go shopping again.
I have on the rail... Four cardigans Two sheer blousey tops that need a cami underneath. Two jersey/knitted tops Two skirts One pair of trousers Eight day dresses (normal work wear for me) Three 'outfits' (trousers + top + jacket or dress + jacket) Three 'nice' dresses
And... Two drawers of underwear One of nightwear One of sportswear One of gardening/walking scruffs. One containing jeans (x1), linen shorts (x1) and two tops. (Will also hold winter jumpers when they come out of the loft).
I think something is unsatisfactory here but can't pin down what. If you all humour me tell me what your balance of tops to bottoms is maybe I will know?
I have way more than that. Taking your first item I have round neck cardigans in light grey, charcoal grey, black, argyle, red, yellow and purple. V neckin tan, black and grey. Long line chunky in cream and grey, boyfriend in grey, purple and navy. Mohair in silver and probably more I can't think of off the top of my head.
Overall more tops to bottoms, but tops are layered so it makes else that there'd be more of them. Also a pair of skinny jeans might be worn walking the dog, out shopping or at night but each time with a different top.
Dear lord you have 15+ cardigans?! Wow! That is truly a wrap for all occasions. I like the sound of silver mohair. But your dedication to the cardigan gives me an idea... I think I have got to grips with the dress style that suits me, and I just know on sight what will work (hence the 8, and two I half forgot which need to be mended). However I don't know in the same way what works on my top half, because it has changed over the years (boobs a bit bigger, tum must never peek out, waist more defined due to bigger/fatter hips)
My cardies are: lime green knitted cotton waterfall, coral pink silk mix bolero, white fine knit slub cotton belted, cappuccino silk cotton boyfriend pocketed. Oh and I have a huge beige snuggly one at work for when the heating goes on the blink.
I have about a 10 to one ratio of tops to bottoms, but I am bottom heavy and hate buying that larger size in skirts and trousers. Am always kidding myself I will be in a size smaller in a few weeks time ...
I also have more tops than anything else. I think you are justified in going shopping though, I would imagine that most people have many more clothes than you currently do. Maybe choose a couple of looks that you particularly like wearing, decide what (if any) more items would help you recreate more of that look, then fill gaps in your wardrobe that way.
I have more bottoms that tops - I think that is because I am petite but with big boobies and broad shoulders so find it difficult to get tops to fit, but I really nice way more tops. I think it is better to have more tops that bottoms.
My clothes are on a rail (trousers, dresses, suits, jackets etc), on a shelf (tops, leggings, jeggings) and drawers (underwear, socks/tights and nightwear/lounge wear).
Could your ratio of no of item VS time spent on activity be wrong? You have drawer for sports wear and one for scruffs/gardening, do you spent much time doing either? My ratio is wrong because I hate spending money on clothes for work, but as I work full time (5 days a week) I should have way more work clothes becaus that is where I spend most of my time.
ooh ok, so I am officially (MN jury) allowed to go shopping!
I won't just yet though, because I have lots of stuff in the loft because we have just completely redecorated.
I have a lot more dresses (about one per wedding attended in past 5 years), some slightly more glam tops, but no more bottoms that I can think of. Oh, about six suits
in terms of what I actually spend my time doing, the scruffs are pretty much on the whole weekend unless there is a party/dinner out. And sportswear theoretically is on four times a week and can't be reworn because I have run so hard I have really sweated.
I do think I need at least one other pair of plain but stylish trousers for work (FT, but only 4 days in the office). The tops I most like are knitted long sleeved round/v neck but I also bought a blouse this week for the first time in ages and it seems to suit me.