Saturday, October 25, 2008

An Economical Wardrobe: Coming Full Circle

Now that you are armed with an understanding of cost-per-wear you can see how choosing to buy well-constructed, quality clothes that you will wear frequently is the cornerstone of an economical, small closet.

However, there is yet one more point to highlight in the economics of a small wardrobe: frequency and number of purchases. When your wardrobe is carefully edited down to only the clothes that you wear frequently, you will become much more attuned to knowing when it is time to replace a garment or an outfit. Not only will you have the perfect number of outfits in your closet, but you will only be purchasing clothing when you need to replace something. You'll never find yourself buying too many shirts or too many trousers. You'll never be purchasing those "great" pieces that end up being closet orphans because you have nothing to wear them with. You'll never have to guess whether or not an article of clothing will come in handy.

You will only be spending money when you need to, and only on items that you know will serve your wardrobe needs. How liberating!

But in order to get to this magical point, you need to edit down your closet. And so we have come full circle. Here we have why paring down and giving away that 80% of your wardrobe that is non-functional is actually going to save you a great deal of money in the long run.

See you next time...same blog time...same blog channel....

Jennifer Skinner, Wardrobe Planning Expert


RobFromGa said...

Sounds great Jenn, applying economic sense to clothes and shopping for them is probably heresy for a number of people...

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Lisa M. McLellan said...

Are you sure this will save me money? If I get rid of all my non-functional pieces in my wardrobe, I'll have to pay to heat that space!!! kidding Great advice Jenn
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Matthew Shields said...

Hi , Jenn
Very timely info with the way the ecconomy is these days
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Lena Milukh said...

great advice,especially meaningful at such precise time
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Mary said...

I am really enjoying your blog. I took out my winter clothes today and organized the best pieces using your plan (6 bottoms, 12 tops.) There are a few things that I need to pick up - a couple more tops and shoes to go with each outfit. Since your advice had me so organized, I took pictures (using my cell phone) of each outfit that needed filling out. Now, I'm ready to shop! I'll have my phone with me complete with pictures and I have a better chance of coming home with pieces that I can actually use! Can you tell that I'm excited? !!!

Scott Bel said...

Great Stuff

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DIYlawyer said...

Purging the closet is key

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JohnWShoemaker said...

I have some clothes I wear all the time for work...different clothes for my life. I think after reading your post I'll pay more attention to what I use and don't

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davidpower said...

Shop at Primark, that ll make a difference

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Jennifer Skinner said...

Capturing your wardrobe on your phone is a great idea! Have fun filling in the missing pieces. :-)


John Ho - Melbourne, Australia said...

Ah, that 80/20 Pareto Principle!

I'll recommend my wife to read your blogs.

Great, Jenn!

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Philip Graves said...

I can certainly see how someone would need their hand-holding through this exercise (or at least firm encouragement).
The desire to hoard and avoid that feeling of "I wish I'd kept..." is often so much stronger than the logical... "clear out".
Great post
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David J Parnell said...

It certainly seems like a very efficient wardrobe management model.

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Craig Ernst said...

Great post, Jenn!

It's amazing how our closets can get filled up with all of these clothes we don't wear anymore for one reason or another.

It seems like we have a ton of clothes, but we only have a small portion that we choose to wear again and again.

Once I yanked out all of the "orphan" clothes, I was able to easily see what I really had and what I was really missing.

Great tip!

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I will definitely revisit my closet for a post early fall cleansing after I'm back from Fred Gleeck's in Las Vegas.

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