Janice of The Vivienne Files makes this observation:
You’re out driving around and see a house that’s really attractive, so you buy it. Yea, you already own 8 or 10 other houses – you’ve really lost track – but this one is pretty, and it’s a great price. Right?
Right – it’s an analogy! The mentality described here is often how we think of clothes. Many of us already own multiples jeans or sandals but if we see a cute pair for a good price, we think, why not?
Janice calculates her optimal wardrobe size: she wants to wear pieces at least twice a month, which equals, say, 14 pants/skirts/dresses for a month. Etc. She ends up with 45 – a few more than 33, but not by much.
Her optimal equation: 45 = ((3 garments per day *365 days)/2 seasons)/12 wearings per year
It got me thinking. I prefer to wear pieces more than twice a month. But I bet I own more than 14 pants/skirts/dresses for a season. I keep many of them stored when not in my 33 and end up wearing some of them only once or twice a year!
Have you ever calculated your optimal wardrobe size? How would you do it? What would you minimize?