Nina sent along this request via e-mail:
Just how much clothing should someone own? All the style gurus say quality over quantity, and quote the 80/20 rule, but it seems like you and other well-dressed ladies have an infinite supply of clothes and accessories to put together fabulous outfits.
You’ll be unsurprised to hear that there is no simple answer to this question. Or if there is, I’m yet to hear it. It’s a little like asking, “How much food should I keep in the pantry?” or “How much furniture is necessary for a well-appointed home?” The answer will depend on several highly individual factors:
Originally posted 2011-04-18 06:17:21.
Fancy hangers, stacking shelves, and over-the-door racks are all marvelous for keeping your closet in order. But the absolute simplest way to keep track of your duds is to create a system for sorting your wardrobe: Organize your clothing …
Keep shorter skirts together, longer skirts together. Keep cardigans in one spot, pullovers in another. Keep long-sleeved dresses together, short-sleeved dresses together, and sleeveless dresses together. This system is helpful for those who build outfits on the fly: If the ensemble requires a miniskirt, you know just where to look.
Originally posted 2011-04-01 06:16:32.
In my experience, there are two main philosophies of shopping for basics:
- Buy new basics gradually as the old ones wear out.
- Buy new basics in a big batch, typically every 2-3 years.
Just as every woman has a different set of personal wardrobe “basics,” every woman will have a different set of needs when it comes to procuring those basics. But in my experience, neither of these two commonly-implemented basics-buying methods is ideal. Both prompt the occasional conniption fit, complete with hair-tearing and eye-rolling. Why? Because quality, affordable, well-made, perfectly-fitting basics are a lot like fairies: We’re told they exist, we catch occasional glimpses, but they are nearly impossible to FIND. Especially when we’re actively looking for them.
Originally posted 2011-04-05 06:12:11.