There is something very very wrong with me, that I get excited about doing a clothing inventory! It was wonderful! I was inspired by other bloggers and their recent posts: Dar at An Exacting Life with her Year-Long Wardrobe Project Complete! and Kim at Extra Organised planning her inventory, with a nod to her ‘number’ with her Life, Unplugged post
The inventory thankfully dovetailed nicely with my summer to winter transition, but being Australia there’s a lot of ‘all year round’ stuff – like singlets that layer under longer sleeves. And jeans. Without further ado…. (drum roll please!)
[Oh with respect to my photos. They are horrible! No one will be asking me how to take such nasty photos, not ever. Be nice, I live in a cave. And it's approaching winter here. And the sun only really shines for 2 hours in my apartment, and both those hours I'm at work. So... they're my excuses!]
Accessories, shoes & outwear = 64
Shoes: 20 (includes slippers, boots, thongs) see the complete inventory here
Hand bags: 7 (1 formal clutch, 3 Longchamp pliages, 1 ‘satchel’ style, 1 teal suede bag, 1 unused oversized tote)
Hats: 4 (cap, and 3 hats bought in anticipation for my head shave!)
Belts: 7 (cause I’m lazy and like to leave them in my pants/shorts etc!)
Coats: 4 (1 wool, 1 trench, 2 cheapies (grey, black))
Gloves: 2 (long leather & possum wool)
Intimates = 147
Knickers: 45+ (you should see my list – the high number is due to YEARS of undie shortages through the boarding school wash system. From scarcity to hoarding! The plus accounts for some that are in the continental drift )
Sports Bras: 4
Socks: 30 (9 pairs unopened, for future ‘circulation’)
Hosiery: 9 (5 pairs of stay ups, 3 pairs of footless tights, 1 pair of true tights)
House dresses: 9
Bed wear: 6
Winter house clothes: 5
Dressing gowns: 2 (winter, sexy ;))
Work out pants: 10 (includes all leggings, even if I wear them in normal circulation)
Work out tops: 9
Casual swimsuits: 2
Sport swimsuits: 2 (for playing water polo)
Dresses = 16 (2 formal +2 piece outfit, 12 less formal)
Bottoms = 38
Shorts: 3 (denim, white, navy)
Skirts: 9 (2 x demin – light and dark, 3 x striped – lime/white, black/white, pink/white, 1 x floor length casual, 3 x ‘going out’)
Pants: 4 (white linen, 2 x beige, white dressy)
Jeans: 5 (incl 1 pair of cords)
Work pants: 5
Work skirts: 8 (almost ALL the same style in different colours/fabric + 2 more casual/church appropriate styles)
Uniform work pants: 4
Tops = 78
Singlets: 14 (aka tank tops or camisoles)
Short sleeved: 7
3/4 sleeved: 12 (3 x geometric print, 2 x navy, 1 x teal etc – more variety in this category)
Long: 13 (2 x black, 1 x white, 6 x striped, etc – they go under ever thing in winter)
Cardigans/summer jumpers: 5
Work tops: 5 (button up ‘blouses’)
Thin winter jumpers: 6 (wool or cashmere)
Thick cardigans: 3
Uniform work shirts: 6
Waterpolo shirts :3
Work wet weather gear and jumpers/jackets as they live in the car. Scooter gloves and wet weather pants that live in a box in the garage – but I did include the scooter jacket as it lives in the house.
GRAND TOTAL: 343
What could go?
Let’s be honest, for the last 2 years that I’ve had a uniform 4 days a week. The fifth day is either a rostered day off, or I go casual, jeans + almost any shirt! So all that ‘work’ gear (18 items) is close to unworn mostly! I have far too many socks, but some are out of rotation til the current ones die. I also have far to many pairs of knickers, but I’m OK with that. I’m certainly ‘into stuff’ when it comes to scarves, they just jazz up my wardrobe so much! I used to have a handful of dresses, when I was studying at uni (with boys/men) so pants were more common. There’s definitely been a recent explosion of dresses in my wardrobe which could be trimmed down a little.
I complete a more detailed inventory listing EVERY item, and then adding them up. What I noticed was there was a heavy use of certain colours: beyond black and white (and stripe and pattern with these two colours), there’s a lot of teal, navy blue, other blues and greens and grey. There’s only 4 clothing items that are pink, and 2 or 3 scarves! There’s nothing yellow, orange, or even red (save for a belt with one side that’s red!). Interestingly I used to have a handful of res shoes, but evidently that phase is well and truly over! There’s a fair bit of stripey action going on too!
I’ll definitely admit there’s more in my wardrobe than perhaps I ‘need’ especially seeing I wear a uniform. However, when I travel, I realise I wash less often (and have less access), so I have ended up with a greater stock pile of ‘staples’. I also have stockpiles of singlets, socks and knickers – all of which I’m more than happy with. I know what I like, and I like to have them on hand, as they all ‘wear out’ from heavy use.
So how about you? How do you go with your clothes? I know Dar at An Exacting Life is only about 10 items more than me in her total. Kim is down at 200! I have no hope of that. If I was to do Project 333 (33 (or less!) items for 3 months) I’d need an annual count of 132 (pft, spluter, yeah no hope there!) I wonder what mochimac at Spend Save Splurge comes in at, cause she loves clothes!
How do I pick what should be added to my wardrobe? Well, funny you should ask – here’s all my clothing likes and dislikes. And I did a whole post on my handbag collection. Lastly, there’s a inventory summary post, if you’re a real sticky beak, that links to all my inventory posts, including inside my kitchen.