3 December 2009

The way forward

Following on from my post entitled ‘Changes’ I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I can move forward, avoid making the same mistakes, and work towards the goal of a wardrobe where:

*Everything is loved and well worn

*Nothing is superfluous to what I need

*Everything is right for me, and fits my style/lifestyle

*There is a clear theme and a feel of overall cohesiveness

So how do I achieve this……

1.) By identifying the mistakes that I’ve made in the past and not repeating them.

2.) By selling/donating clothes that aren’t right for me.

3.) By defining my personal style; identifying what themes I’m drawn to, thinking about what inspires me - self knowledge is key.

4.) By identifying what I actually spend my time doing and what clothes/shoes/accessories I need to be able to dress for my lifestyle.

5.) By slowly purchasing the items I need, and replacing items which have worn out/are about to wear out.

So this is the plan for 2010, I’ve decided that this is something that needs to be tackled slowly… a gradual process of shedding things which don’t work, making some acquisitions and replacements. I want to acquire things thoughtfully and gradually, I need to remember that it’s not a race. Hopefully by this time next year I will be much closer to my goal, and will be able to look back on the things I’ve purchased without any guilt. I’m not realistically expecting my wardrobe to be ‘perfect’, I think there will always be room for small improvements and subtle shifts and changes; I don’t ever want to stop and stagnate.


  1. It's very rational and well thought out plan, look forward to hearing how you progress with it. I tried something like that, and found I initially did MORE shopping, but it sort of 'stabilised' when I eventually acquired the building blocks I needed to build a small wardrobe on. (I have lapsed occasionally into impulse buying, but nobody's perfect :))

  2. Thanks, glad to hear you tried this and it worked for you. I know in the past I have made the mistake of trying to do this way too quickly and made lots of mistakes. This time my aim is to do it much slower, over a year. Its hard to resist those impulse buys, especially when there's so much beautiful stuff out there!

  3. I am printing out this post as a guide and touchstone!