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If you took a guesstimate at how many items of clothes you owned, what would the answer be?

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Hopefully Fri 02-Nov-12 16:31:09

Mine is <50.

Including trousers, tops, shoes, coats, dresses, lounge wear etc (regardless of whether they currently fit and are in circulation in your daily wardrobe), but excluding old maternity wear, underwear, sports/hobby/ski gear or whatever. <50? 50-100? >500? I'm intrigued.

Dh and I have just been chatting about our meagre wardrobes (DH's only decent jumper just got shrunk by someone in the machine blush and he actually doesn't have another smart one, and I only own two warm sweaters in total), and we reckon we don't have many clothes compared to most people. It's not exactly a lack of money, but more that (a) we both hate man-made fibres, and cotton and wool are insanely expensive at the minute and (b) we both really struggle to find things we like (I'm fussier than DH, but even he is fairly specific about what he'll wear).

I totted mine up recently and although I've added a few bits, it's something like
5 pairs of trousers
4 skirts
4 dresses
10 jersey tops
5 pieces of knitwear
3 shirts
3 coats
8 bits of loungewear (leggings, sweaters etc)
Maybe a few others bits I've missed. But still probably sub-50 in total. I think I have enough clothes for most occasions, but there are definitely a few gaps in my wardrobe. I think I could probably manage easily on >60 garments though.

I'm over-thinking this, aren't I?

KristinaM Fri 02-Nov-12 16:43:55

So you have no jackets, jeans, occasion wear, beach wear or shorts? What do you wear on holiday or to a function? What do you wear to go a walk in the country ? Or to do the garden?

I don't think I have a very large wardrobe but I have 3-4 summer day dresses, 2-3 summer more formal dresses, 4 knitted dresses for winter , 5 l/sjersey dresses, 3 occasion dresses . So that's nearly 20 on dresses alone

ceeveebee Fri 02-Nov-12 16:48:26

I would say I have > 500. I counted the hangers in my wardrobe for another thread and there were 160 and most have two things hanging on them. I also have a chest of drawers for tops, and my winter jumpers are all still in the loft as haven't got round to getting then down yet. I but far too many clothes

Hopefully Fri 02-Nov-12 17:16:21

I included jeans in the trousers count shock. One of the dresses is a black tie/cocktail/everything dress. And one of the pairs of trousers is a pair of skinny cords that I wear with big country boots for visiting my friend's horses/country walks etc.

Hopefully Fri 02-Nov-12 17:16:47

Ooh, but I did miss out one pair of shorts. So I may tip the 50 item mark grin

dexter73 Fri 02-Nov-12 17:24:11

You do seem overly obsessed interested with the amount of clothes you/other people have, from reading other threads! Stop thinking about it!

Hopefully Fri 02-Nov-12 17:39:45

I know, I totally am! No idea why. I find it eternally fascinating, especially when I visit someone like my MIL who has literally four wardrobes stuffed with clothes, and I always wonder what the 'thing' is that is different about the way she shops and the way I shop. I am a complete wardrobe geek.

dexter73 Fri 02-Nov-12 17:47:27

It's your thing, like me and my cords, mrscb and leopard print and maureen caroline flack and her shorts!

Meggles76 Fri 02-Nov-12 18:02:50

I find these sort of threads interesting. I have been having major wardrobe clearouts this year following dropping a couple of dress sizes in last 18 months. I don't think I have a huge wardrobe as the cost of replacing things isn't cheap.
Quick tot:
5 coat/jacket/blazer/quilted/waterproof/denim
6 cardigans /jumpers
6 dresses
4 skirts/shorts
8 shirts/blouses/tops
10 tops/Ts/vests
10 jeans/trousers/chinos/jeggings/leggings
5 scarves
14 shoes/boots/sandals/flipflops/pumps
4 bags

I also have a set of clothes and trainers for running.
I think I can get by on this but I am gradually adding to it. A couple more jumpers and some summer bits next year will be needed

knitknack Fri 02-Nov-12 20:03:05

What's scaring me is that you all seem to KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE < scared face >

I do have something of a problem with buying clothes, but I'm good at recycling them and ebaying them. Even so, I wish I were able to catalogue my wardrobe from memory!

And Hopefully you're not alone, I wonder all the time about how other people run their wardrobes, how much they have etc. I don't have any close girlfriends here so I no longer poke around in other women's closets, in fact I haven't since pre-kids (12 years!) so can no longer compare...

Downfall Fri 02-Nov-12 20:39:58

Hopefully I love your posts when I spy them. In fact blush I once kept a copy of one of your wardrobe lists and used it as inspiration to have a huge clothing cull.

I reckon I have about 100 items, of which about 20 items rarely get worn. I'd like to have better co=ordinating things but that will be a work in progress.

Antidote Fri 02-Nov-12 20:59:45

Wow, I thought I was pretty sparse on clothes but I fear I am going to bust 200 (not including pjs, underwear & socks/tights)

Shoes 11
Boots 4
Trousers inc jeans 16
Skirts 9
Dresses 10
Jackets / coats 8
Shirts 5
Other tops 20ish (including t shirts)
Jumpers & cardigans 17
Shorts 2
Swimming kit 4
Cycling kit 10
Sailing kit 4 wetsuits, 2 oilskins, 3 rash vests, boots, harness, life jacket.

Assorted hats, gloves scarves.
Bags 8

Oh. Not as bad as I feared. I am sure there must be more.

Antidote Fri 02-Nov-12 21:02:17

I think I have a knitwear issue though. How can I need 17 jumpers? Including 4 ponchos?

RarelyUnreasonable Fri 02-Nov-12 21:14:10

Definitely fewer than 50 (including shoes and coats).

Am pg now so stuck in a tunic+leggings+boot rut, but have started to order things for afterwards (will be SAHM/WAHM). I'm aiming for:

3 x jeans (2 m&s jeggings, 1 superdry cord skinnies)
1 denim skirt (have already)

4 long sleeve scoop necks from boden (have) and kettlewell (to order). (T-shirts to replace these in Spring/Summer - need to check what I have already).

3 jumpers (gap merino - have already, uniqlo cashmere and mango sequins (on order).

I have enough boots to see me until Spring (aggies, uggs and flat riding boots), when I'll switch to superga and havaianas if the sun comes out this year!

I have a maternity coat that will do this year. Would like a wool blazer too. Have a lightweight trench and jacket for spring/summer. And a gilet.

I have two scarves and one hat. Brora wristwarmers are on my wishlist.

Am also obsessed w capsule wardrobes - a) I hate clutter and unused stuff everywhere and b) am skint. I also have a thing about natural fibres so follow your wardrobe posts with interest.

Imlostwithoutahope Fri 02-Nov-12 21:20:00

Oh gosh I couldn't even tell. I know I have from memory:
6 skinny jeans
4 boot cut jeans
4leggins
4 trousers
2 linen trousers
6 cocktail/poss events dresses
9 summer dresses
14 cardigans
6 jumpers
I must then have about 50 tops of various descriptions. Then there's summer shorts, beach wear, thermal wear, coats, pjs and shoes etc

Downfall Fri 02-Nov-12 21:31:45

Rarely that sounds a good list. I am really taken with the idea of a few good quality outfits that wash and wear well. Im not very good with fashionable flair, so find the idea comforting. I work part time so have my work wardrobe sorted, but my non work days clothes need some editing/improving.

Antidote you have alot of activity specific outfits, so I cant see how you'd cut them down, but, yes, I'd say 16 pairs of trousers and 17 sweaters seem more than one woman could need!

Hopefully I too love your wardrobe angsts, have been following your leather leggings traumas with much joy.

I think my wardrobes is pretty capsule but have an outfit for every occasion.

Coats/Jackets - 10 - see coats thread

Dresses -5, one beautiful - truly beautiful, £700 but fairly plain & versitle, ALC navy silk shift, can be dressed in many ways & hangs like a dream, one DVF wrap, plain, black, classic - go-to in times of need, one grey wool APC pinafore, mini, sleeveless, works well with loads of stuff, Denim button down shirt-dress, quite cowboy, don't wear it often, but when I do I love it. Wedding dress, navy blue, Christian Dior new look, beautiful, beautiful dress, I may wear it again, I will wear it again.

Skirts - One APC cord skirt, mid-thigh, tan, straight, works with loads of looks, one Cos denim A-line mini, one APC a-line denim knee length, one Burberry Brit mid-length kilt (NOT Burberry check)

Trousers - Jeans - 7FAM Straight jeans, Current/Elliot flares, 7FAM bootcut (don't sneer), Toast teal skinny jeans, slouchy tweed trousers from Topshop an age ago - everyone & me love them.

Tights & leggings - all coloured & style Falke, Wolford satin delux - black.

Knitwear - Various Sonia Rykiel knits (this is my downfall) , probably have about 10 Sonia knits, Crumpet cashmere long-length cardigans in navy, gray, oatmeal. Brora Fairisle Cardi. Iris & Ink V neck cashmere sweaters in oatmeal & navy. Brora tanks in gray, oatmeal & navy.

Tops - various jersey - lots of American Vintage & Wang, long-line jersey, vests, long-sleeved Ts, various colours. A few Bretons.

Shirts - One Margaret Howell white shirt, One Iris & Ink silk shirt, One Joseph striped shirt.

Shoes - Boots - Belstaff Agnes, Blue Suede Ash Jalouse, Toast Riggers, Stuart Wietzman 50/50, Hunters.

Shoes - Hudson Tan Brouges, Repetto pumps, Prada sandals X 2, one suede tan chunk heel with a blue trim, one butterfly. KG Plain brown wedges, one navy blue Laboutin court, one jeweled Choos.

Bags - Large old lady Miu Miu carpet bag, large Max-Mara satchel, small Miu Miu green slouchy, brown suede slouchy Furla, Tan Jones Saddle bag, a few vintage.

Scarves - Tons, too many, cashmere, silk, cotton - all styles

Hats - A few cashmere beanies, a Karl Donoghue rabbit fur trapper, a few trilbies,

Gloves - Leather, short & long, wristwarmers, cashmere,

& that's it - all of it.

So maybe 100.

Thanks, I enjoyed the mental wardrobe workout.

Hopefully Fri 02-Nov-12 21:44:11

Is it wrong that I am actually saving reading this thread until I can properly enjoy nosing learning about your wardrobes? grin

<considers possible capsule wardrobe fetish>

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Fri 02-Nov-12 21:52:14

Are you talking about current season? I mean, is that what's in your wardrobe/drawers atm, with summer stuff in the loft? Or does that count everything?
Sounds like you're really good at editing (as an HoC consultant should be - am I right? wink)

I think I own more than that, but probably only wear about a third - either because I'm waiting to lose weight and fit into things again, or because some things have seen better days but I'm slow to cull.

I do really need knitwear, though - I agree it's hard to find natural fibres without spending £££. Have seen a friend wearing a couple of Woolover cardis lately and they were a lovely flattering shape, so will prob place an order.

LadyStark Fri 02-Nov-12 21:54:04

I know I have at least 50 dresses so I daren't do a full stock take blush

libertychick Fri 02-Nov-12 21:56:47

another vote here for hopefully's posts!

This is making me realise I need a clear out - tons of clothes but probably only wear/like about 30%! For example I have 11 coats/outer jackets and only the 2 denim jackets are keepers. Currently looking for a new winter wool coat.

6 dresses - of this 3 are work and 2 of them are over 3 years old and looking a bit tired and the other one is great quality but not a great fit! The other three are two casual dresses one of which I never wear and an occasion dress which is lovely but not worn in 6 years!

I could go on....I do fantasize about developing the perfect capsule wardrobe filled with clothes I adore and make me look amazing.

Meglet Fri 02-Nov-12 22:02:50

I couldn't count all my clothes as I hoard keep everything.

One it's too tatty for outside / presentable clothes it ends up as indoor clothes until it falls apart. And I'm still the same size as I was before kids so I've just kept the lot. Stuff that doesn't fit well it just in a huge bundle in case I decorate or do the garden.

I don't own any skirts though, I know that.

Meglet Fri 02-Nov-12 22:03:35

christ, loads of typos in that post. Sorry!

I fibbed a bit & do have loads of ephemera in my other wardrobe, stuff I've archived for my daughter, lots of flim & flam from when I had a life that involved a lot of going out.

It's fabulous stuff, but I don't wear it now, so it doesn't count.

Does it?

sausagesandwich34 Fri 02-Nov-12 22:08:43

excluding underwear

2x work trousers
3x work shirts
1x work coat (all uniform)

2x jeans
2x leggings
2x jersey dresses
2x party type tunics
3x hoodies
6x tshirts
3x vests
2x cardigans
1x swim suit
2x summer dresses

I have a very quick wash cycle!

I hate buying clothes with a passion

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