Often, it takes looking at a problem from another angle to truly be able to understand it. I read an article along the lines of “5 shopping mistakes you are making that are killing your style/wallet/sanity” that gave me a huge “a-ha!” moment. One of the closet cardinal sins in the article was buying items similar to what you already own, and they used the example: “do you really need another striped shirt?” I reflected upon my wardrobe (and the striped shirt I was lounging in at the time) and started to tally up my own striped shirts.
As they say, the first step is admitting you have a problem…
Not only did I have quite a few striped shirts, I had quite a few ridiculously similar striped shirts. I deduced that I like horizontal stripes in a grey/blue palate. A lot.
I recently went through my wardrobe in an attempt to pare it down, but I still have a long way to go. Pulling out all of one item and assessing them together ended up being a big help. It helped me realize which ones I actually wear and love, and having them all displayed at once helped me say goodbye to those I rarely wear. I tend to lose my edge when I look at one shirt at a time as I attempt to clean out a drawer. I get nostalgic about cute outfits it made in the past, and keep the piece even when it is gathering dust. Now I can see I have plenty of options and that I wont miss them when they are gone.
I have worn 6 of my 14 striped shirts in the past month, and will be culling 4 that haven’t been touched in over a year. It’s a small step towards a better wardrobe. My goal is to eventually whittle my closet down to only my favorite, finest pieces. When I am able to let go of the excess is when a single striped Breton with 3/4 sleeves will be all I need when I want to rock stripes. Totally parisian chic.