Have you ever tracked your closet? This weekend I audited all of last year’s clothing purchases, and in the process I realized some really interesting things about my shopping habits in the year that followed the Nothing New Challenge.
The results make up this cozy lil’ fireside chat and subsequent outfit – what I’m wearing makes up a few of my most worn items of the year. Other favorites included a trusty Patagonia better sweater, Rocksbox jewels, and everything Everlane.
To start, I pulled every new piece of clothing into a spreadsheet with rows for each month, as well as columns for product name, cost, retailer; whether the item broke, was returned, sold, or donated; and whether I wore the item every two weeks, once a week, or less than five total times.
My least-worn items were from many different retailers but had a few things in common: most were on clearance or were purchased without knowing detailed fit information, while others were for very specific occasions: swimming, fancy parties, running, getting married.
Generally speaking, anything all-white was rarely worn, buying clothes as a souvenir was typically not a great idea, and I should basically just stop buying random lacy little things online because, hi, they never quite fit right.
In brighter news, simple return policies saved me an insane tally of $1361. Let’s just say I’ve already inked a new sheet for 2016. Cheers to a fresh season of wardrobe planning!
Eileen Fisher Shawl Collar Alpaca Blend Kimono Coat (small, sold out, similar here, here, here, here)
Goorin Brothers “County Line” Felt Hat in black
Woolrich cotton flannel plaid shirt in green (men’s small; throw it in the dryer to shrink down a bit)
Paige Denim “Verdugo” Jegging (super stretchy, size 27. Here, here, here)
Hudson Horrigan Booties in black (size and sale info here)
Vintage Escada belt (eBay, similar here, here)
The Horse Watch in rose gold and black