Have you done your autumn clothes audit? No? Surely you’re not just going to stumble into the new season wearing your summer gear plus a sweater? You’re not going to hit the shops with no idea of what you already own?
Well, OK, not everyone’s like me, but I love lists, and I love a bit of analysis. The new season had me reaching for my spreadsheet with glee…
Here’s what I did and below are the results:
- I listed what I own, in each category of garment (jackets, sweaters, skirts, etc).
- Then I put them in columns, according to whether they’re great, just OK, disliked, on their last legs, or strictly for casual wear. (That last one is because I’m mainly focused on my work wear; weekends and the occasional evening out pretty much take care of themselves.)
- In an attempt to steel myself for action, I made a ‘Get Rid Of’ column too.
- My final, genius step(!) was to color each box roughly according to the main color of the garment. This is only an approximation (patterns are hard) but it was important so I could see the balance of shades.
- If you’re a real control freak, you can note down the year you bought the clothes. In most cases you won’t be able to remember, but I was able to list this year’s purchases and make a pretty good guess at recent years.
- I only have two pairs of pants that I’m really happy with!
- I’m still trying to wear things (regularly) that I bought before the year 2000.
- I do not, repeat not, need any more black or blue items.
- Pink is somewhat under-represented. Yellow is completely absent.
- Much as I’d love to get some more sweaters, I probably don’t need them. Jackets would be a better plan.
So, effectively I’ve given myself permission to buy some new things, and I can take this list shopping with me to remind myself what’s already at home and where the gaps are. I really encourage you to try this, especially the color-coding. It can be incredibly revealing.
Do you hit the stores with a new-season plan, or are you more random in your approach?