Rory, over at Earthly Comforts, has posed a question this morning about our clothing collection, or what I’d call my wardrobe.
What % [percentage] of your clothing collection do you wear often? Do you wear all of your items evenly throughout the year or do you have favorites that you tend to wear more often and other items of clothing that are hardly ever worn?https://earthlycomforts.uk/2022/10/26/wildlife-greetings-25/
I spend most of my time at home so I live in track pants, old jeans and leggings, long or 3/4 sleeved T-shirts and sweatshirts or woollen jumpers pretty much all the time. On the days when I go out I wear better jeans, better T-shirts (e.g. not faded) and sweatshirts or jumpers that are not covered in pet hair.
These items probably make up more than 50% of my clothing. I have short sleeved T-shirts for when the weather gets really warm and some good navy and black pants for when I don’t feel jeans are appropriate which I wear reasonably often.
Also hanging in my wardrobe and only worn on rare occasions are some “good” tops and jackets that are worn for things like restaurant visits or taken on holiday. I haven’t been on holiday since 2018 so that should give you some idea how old this clothing is. I even have a couple of dresses and a skirt which I think it is unlikely that I will ever wear again as I just don’t feel comfortable in them and I hate wearing stockings or pantyhose.
I do like to look nice when I go out but I like to be comfortable more so my favourite going out clothes are pants and a top that will keep me warm or cool as I desire and flat shoes. I don’t dress to impress any more.
When I volunteered at the Op Shop in Geeveston I was constantly surprised by how many clothes people had or would buy. We used to have “fill a bag” days when shoppers could fill a plastic shopping bag with clothing for a set amount. It used to be $5, I think they charge $10 these days.
People would often give more clothes than I own in a single donation because they were clearing out their wardrobes. I am often surprised when I realise that a particular item of clothing that I own is ten years old, or more. Fashion conscious I am not.