Remember I told you guys I have started shopping my closet! Well, I took up a challenge this month to wear 30 different outfits on 30 different days! I geared up for what seemed to be an easy enough challenge that turned out to be much more poignant than I could’ve imagined!
There’s one statistic I read a few months back that really bothered me. It’s called the 20/80 rule; it states we apparently wear only 20% of our closet 80% of the time.
Now, I’ve done multiple closet clear outs, donating or gifting what I no longer want. And at first, I’d thought by clearing out all the stuff that no longer “sparked joy”, I could enjoy looking at a wardrobe full of stuff I would wear regularly. However, the closer I kept an eye on what my hand would reach for, or which clothes were laundered the most, I realized I still fit into that statistic.
What have I learnt from this challenge of mine?
- Knowing which clothes give me joy.
The first three weeks were very smooth when I knew exactly what I wanted to wear. These are the outfits that gave me joy! The last week of the month I started struggling, not because I didn’t have anything to wear, but because I didn’t enjoy the remaining outfits!
- Saving money!
Of course, this is a given! Trying to use up everything that I have and buying no new clothing item obviously was friendly for my pocket.
- There’s more than one way to wear something.
I upcycled many pieces that were collecting dust in my closet, into fresh and fun clothes I now wear constantly. And the excitement of (re)making something adds to how you will feel in your ‘new’ garment!
- Being sustainable.
Adopting sustainable fashion does not start with buying sustainable clothing, but with using every everything that you own.
- Only keep what serves my lifestyle!
Whether it’s hanging on to clothes that don’t fit or stocking up on garments that better suited a past lifestyle. If you don’t get any wear out of it now, maybe it’s best it’s not in your closet. In my case, since there were lots of clothes I didn’t see myself wearing under any circumstance within the next few months, I decided to say farewell.