Fireside Chat: A State of the Closet Update & How to Inventory Your Clothes

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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


  1. Jamie Greenwood

    Happy to have stumbled across your blog!
    I’ve been working on minimizing my wardrobe and avoiding retail as much as possible. It started out as my New Year’s resolution for 2015 and over the last year, it became a complete lifestyle change! Like you, I realized that I was only wearing a few of my clothes most of the time and the rest of them were just sitting there, distracting me from getting dressed in the morning LOL. Have to commend you on taking it so much further!
    I love that this is an on-going process and I feel like taking care of my wardrobe has become a hobby…I even enjoy (and take pride in) pressing my own shirts!
    P.S. I have a few different colors of Horrigans too and they’re so perfect for basic/neutral/minimal/capsule wardrobes! I can’t believe how much they’ve taken center stage over my Fryes and Old Gringo boots!

  2. I could do with a wardrobe audit. I think it’s time to get rid of stuff that just doesn’t fit right or look good. The flannel plaid shirt is adorable! :]
    // β–² β–²

  3. stunning photos, love your hair!
    xx Melis

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  5. It does become a fun hobby, doesn’t it? I love to dig into data and pull out patterns, so I’ve found (too much) enjoyment in analyzing what I’m buying and why. I will say that the little “year of nothing new” challenge I did was a huge help in starting to scale back. It totally re-framed my approach to shopping, sort of a hard reset on consumption.
    The Horrigans!! My favorites. I love that they go with everything, too.
    Would love to hear an update from you on how 2016 goes with the wardrobe editing πŸ™‚

  6. I love this “fireside chat” and you are actually next to a beautiful fireside haha!! So interesting to hear more about your personal life and your closet. Got to do a check on my own πŸ™‚
    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  7. Great write. Speaking of joy…Albert is giving me a spark. Where did you find that framed illustration of that fine man?

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