I recently came across some interesting statistics. Evidently, the average woman in the US had 36 items of clothing in her wardrobe in 1930 (making just nine outfits, according to Forbes). Today, the average woman has 120. Clearly a lot has changed in the past 86 years.
I think we would all agree that 36 items would represent the ultimate ‘capsule wardrobe’ – something which many of my clients ask me to help them create. Don’t get me wrong, I love the capsule approach, but it is difficult to achieve in a world dominated by cheap and readily available fashion. It takes some commitment and effort to accomplish its promised ‘effortlessness’.
Of course, people also have different ideas of what ‘capsule’ actually means. Some bloggers have written and talked about editing it down to only 10 items, or 12 or even 20. (This usually excludes ‘extras’ such as coats, shoes and eveningwear).
My advice? Don’t aim for a specific number of items, just plan to reduce your wardrobe down significantly, keeping in mind that most people only wear 20-30% of their clothes. Examine what you actually wear (and what fits) vs. what you don’t (and doesn’t).
This is difficult to do yourself as we are all too emotionally attached to our clothes. Here’s where my wardrobe detox can help. You may not get down to 36 items, but we will pare things back significantly and put together combinations you won’t have thought of before. Contact me and book a session now!