|Pippin: always in style|
I used to keep a spreadsheet of what I’d been wearing. When I was getting more into vintage, and later when my style shifted a bit, it helped me work out what gaps there were in my wardrobe, reminded me of what I already owned, and helped stop me making silly purchases. After all, it makes more sense to get more of the things you wear loads, right, and to make sure you buy good-quality versions of those things? It’s funny how the ‘everyday’ items are the ones that tend to get skimped on, when they’re the ones other people see most. That fell by the wayside a couple of years ago, but I restarted it for Slow Fashion Season.
My spreadsheet did have a couple of surprises for me. Things I thought I never wore get more outings than I’d realised (possibly because I get them out thinking ‘I never wear that’) and things I love but feel I wear constantly have only had a couple of wears in the past month. Maybe my love for them makes wearing them more significant, or I save them for more memorable days. Around a third of my worn clothes are me-made, vintage or secondhand*, and my dresses and shoes are most likely to have made it to 30+ wears (though I’ll be working on getting everything I’ve owned from new to that level, weight fluctuations permitting).
I’m currently packing for my annual wedding anniversary holiday. No surprises in the suitcase; everything I’m taking will be things you’ve seen before. There’s a certain comfort in that: I know everything’s going to fit, and I know it’ll all look good together. And if I run short of clothes, Slow Fashion Season will be over and they have shops in France. I wonder how many more countries these garments will visit…
Did you do Slow Fashion Season? Are you going to make it to the end?
*Let’s not talk about the unworn vintage that’s too small but I can’t bear to part with!