“I am interested in numbers,” writes Cait. “How many new pieces do you buy in a year? About how many do you get rid of (or what percentage)? How old is the oldest thing in your closet? What percent of your clothes are for spring/summer/fall/winter/vacation? Do you keep clothing that is too big/small in case of size fluctuations? How do you balance the number of amazing new things with all the excellent things you already have?” And Tammy wanted to know, “What is your favorite single piece of clothing in your closet — old and new?” I’ll start at the top:
- I don’t know how many new pieces I buy in a year, and I’m way too embarrassed to try and count. Likely fewer than you think, but still plenty.
- I probably get rid of 10% of my wardrobe annually.
- The oldest thing in my closet is a Levi’s denim jacket I’ve had since high school.
- I hang on to clothes I don’t currently fit in to, like jeans and a few dresses I especially like, but got rid of most of the stuff I had when I was at Lucky and probably a little too skinny.
- I’d say my clothes are pretty evenly distributed as far as seasons go, though I do have a lot more summer dresses than I do dresses for when it’s cooler out.
- As far as balancing out what’s old and what’s new, I find that the fun is in mixing them together into combinations that feel entirely new.
As for Tammy’s question: my favorite old item is a pair of 15 year-old high-heeled Dries Van Noten lace-up sandals that I never wear but can’t bring myself to get rid of, and my favorite new item is this excellent Zero+Maria Cornejo hoodie (and yes I know that’s a batshit crazy amount to spend on a hoodie, but it is positively slaying on the cost-per-wear).