I could have included this part of my May LIWI update in with my last post, but it was just getting too long. I’m trying not to do such marathon posts anymore because I know not everyone has the time (or the inclination) to read them. I won’t go into this level of detail every month, probably just one other time towards the end of the year. But since I’ve done almost half a year of LIWI and summer is upon us, I wanted to take some time to look at what hasn’t been worn yet and why.
A few of you have commented on the level of detail to which I analyze my wardrobe and have marveled at how much time it must take me. But here’s the thing… It really only takes me a few minutes each day to note what I wore and to make an entry in my outfit journal. It did take a chunk of time to set everything up in the first place (see this post for the specifics), but now it’s pretty much second nature for me to quickly track what was worn and make a few notes about how I felt about it. And I believe that time is well spent, as I’ve learned a lot about what I like to wear and what does and doesn’t work for me.
What does take a lot of time is writing those blog posts that delve into wardrobe management and include a lot of numbers and photos. But I enjoy writing them and I’m glad that readers find my level of detail interesting and helpful. This will be another such post, as I’ll be looking at the clothing and accessories that haven’t made it out of my closet yet this year.
What Hasn’t Been Worn – The Clothes
Here’s a look at the clothes in my closet that have not yet been worn this year:
There is a good reason why many of these clothes haven’t been worn yet. The majority of the items pictured above are summer pieces, and that season doesn’t really start here until early July. Sure, we get some unseasonably warm days and I took advantage of that opportunity to wear some of my summer favorites early. But the bulk of my warm weather pieces are still unworn. I’m not worried about those, though. I expect that most of them will start making it out of my closet on a regular basis beginning next month. Those that don’t will be subject to culling as the season progresses. I believe that I will let go of at least a few knit blazers before too long, as I have too many and don’t love that style the way I used to.
See how many blazers I have? It’s just too many and most of them are knits. I have only worn the black and grey striped moto, the black and white striped blazer, and the orange knit blazer so far in 2015. Most of my blazers only look good with dresses and skirts, as they are too short to wear with pants and jeans (but I’m going to experiment to make sure).
I really love the black mixed media jacket (second row on the left) and don’t understand why I haven’t worn it yet. I think I often feel it looks too fancy for my ultra-casual life. I don’t go out much, but I should really push myself to wear it, even for a casual outing like an appointment, lunch, or going to a movie. Why not? As for the rest, I expect I will let go of at least a couple of them as I see what I don’t wear during the summer. Four black jackets is probably overkill at this point.
Unworn Cool Weather Items
There may be some good reasons why I haven’t worn a lot the clothes shown above, but the six items pictured below were seasonally appropriate and still didn’t get worn by the end of May.
I finally wore the black and white print top at the bottom left last week, but the other pieces remain unworn. Let’s take a look at them one by one to see if I should keep them or pass them on.
- Black blazer: This is an item that I have kept “just in case” for more formal occasions. Not only do I have very few of those, but I also wasn’t wearing it because the sleeves were too short. I recently had the sleeve hem taken down so I can easily bend my arms without the sleeves going over my elbows. I’m going to challenge myself to wear the blazer with jeans to dress it down. Sure, it’s good to have around in case I ever have a job interview or business event (you never know…), but I think I could enjoy wearing it for other occasions, too.
- Black sheer striped top: This top would be perfect for going out in the evening during the spring or fall, but I rarely go out these days. I really shouldn’t have bought it, but since I love the way it looks on me, I’m going to keep it. I’m going to challenge myself to wear this top for a less formal outing, with jeans. It is quite flattering on me (you can see it in this post) and doesn’t have to be reserved for a night out on the town. I need to broaden my perspective a bit.
- Black and white chevron stripe top: This used to be one of my favorites, but I haven’t reached for it this year. I actually tried to wear it the other day, but just wasn’t feeling it. I think it may be because the fabric is a bit shiny. If I don’t wear this top by the end of June, I will likely pass it on.
- Grey/black casual jacket: I like the way this jacket looks, but it feels a bit too short in the back. I am going to challenge myself to wear it in June and may opt to move it along if I either don’t wear it or don’t like it when I do. I’ve kept this jacket around for too long without wearing it, so I’m going to make a decision about it soon.
- Pewter flats with bow in front: I used to love these shoes, but I’m not wearing them for several reasons. They are totally flat and don’t work with most of my pants and I don’t love this more cute/feminine style much anymore. I have tried to wear them a few times and ended up changing into other shoes. I used to love wearing flats with jeans all the time, but lately I’ve been favoring my boots instead. I don’t think I’ll be hanging on to these for very much longer.
As you can see, it’s kind of a mixed bag with my unworn cool weather items. Some will likely stay, while others will almost certainly go. It’s worthwhile to take a few minutes to do the type of quick analysis I did above. Even if you don’t make any decisions right away, at least you’ll be considering your unworn items and why they keep collecting dust in your closet. Some of you will be ready to pass things on right away, while others may do it more piecemeal over time. There is really no right or wrong, only what works best for you. As you can see, I let go of things fairly slowly and periodically use strategies like the “KonMari Process” to facilitate the process. As long as we’re making progress, that’s what’s most important.
The following 9 pairs of shoes have not been worn yet this year:
I addressed the pewter bow flats above. The remaining eight pairs are all sandals of some sort and many of them will likely be worn during the summer. That said, I can see myself letting go of at least one or two pairs by the end of the year. Some of them are just too formal for my life and while I like to retain a dressy wardrobe capsule, I don’t need to hold on to too many pairs of shoes that I only wear for more formal occasions. I see myself wearing the following pairs of shoes during the summer for sure:
- Embellished pewter sandals
- Leopard print wedges
- Red heels
- Silver sandals
The others, I’m not too sure about, but time will tell…
Last month, I got rid of a lot of jewelry I wasn’t wearing through the KonMari Process, but I still have some other pieces that I opted to keep but still haven’t worn. Here’s a look at the 10 pairs of earrings I hadn’t worn as of the end of May:
I did end up wearing the turquoise and onyx earrings last week and found I still really liked them, but the other 9 pairs remain unworn. A few pairs, such as the two at the bottom left, are earrings I tend to wear more during the summer, so I see myself wearing those very soon. When I look at the other pairs, I see a few that I don’t necessarily love anymore, such as the crystal drop earrings at the top left that I originally thought were black but later learned were brown. I’m also not sure about the two-toned earrings at the top right or the balls at the bottom right.
I think that I will either wear or cull all of the earrings pictured above before too long. I’d really like to finalize my working collection very soon, both in terms of jewelry and clothing. If I find I haven’t worn something after close to a year has passed by, why continue to hold on to it? I really do want to be wearing – and loving – everything I own, or at least most of it. It’s okay to hold on to some sentimental pieces and special occasion wear, but I would like to have most of what I own be part of my “working wardrobe.”
I only have 5 bracelets that I haven’t worn yet this year:
The piece on the left and the second one from the right are both close to 20 years old. I hadn’t worn either of them for a while, but started wearing them again last summer. I see myself wearing those bracelets and the other three this summer as well. The beaded black bracelet is new, so I’m not sure what will happen with that one. I do think I will wear it, though. The one “wildcard” item is the silver ball bracelet in the middle. I like it, but it’s a bit annoying to wear because the balls are kind of big and my wrists are really small. That one (and the matching earrings pictured above) may end up being passed on this year. They were both gifts from probably 5 or 6 years ago.
I was surprised to see that I have so many necklaces that haven’t been worn yet this year. There are 11 of them and they are all in shorter lengths:
I have gotten rid of a lot of necklaces over the past year or so, but I clearly still have too many, especially since I just don’t wear them very often. I tend to wear short necklaces more during the summer, so I’m hoping that I end up wearing at least half of these soon. A few of them are quite old, even as much as 20 years old (the first, eighth, tenth, and eleventh), while others are only around a year old or less (the third, fourth, and ninth).
Now that I see how many necklaces have not been worn yet in 2015, I feel bad about buying new ones last year. I really had no business adding new necklaces to my collection when I had so many older ones I wasn’t wearing. But hindsight is 20/20 and I can’t go back and change what I did. However, I can stop buying new necklaces and try to wear the ones I own. I will see over the next few months what I do and don’t wear, and I’m sure I will find that I love some and am lukewarm about others. I see myself paring this collection down more before the end of the year.
And last but not least, we look at my unworn scarves. I have really pared down my numbers here, but I’ve also only worn 5 scarves so far this year. As you can see, there are quite a few scarves that remain unworn. Many of them are black or patterns with black, and the others include either blue or purple in the mix. Two of my scarves are winter weight and the others are all lightweight and suitable for warm weather wear. This is a good mix considering I live in a temperate climate.
I seem to go through phases when I wear scarves a lot and times when I don’t really feel called to wear them much at all. Lately, I haven’t been as into wearing them, but I’m sure their time will come again for me. I’m going to see if I end up wearing my scarves much this summer. Last summer I didn’t because it was much hotter here than usual, but it’s generally not all the warm here at the coast. During a normal summer, I like to wear my printed scarves to add visual interest to my plain tanks, skirts, and dresses. I can see myself doing that again and will see what happens as this year progresses.
I think it was a useful exercise for me to take a look at my unworn wardrobe pieces. I focused more on accessories in this post, as they tend to be far less seasonal in nature. Later in the year, I will look at all of my unworn clothing items, as well as any remaining unworn shoes, jewelry, and scarves. Hopefully, there won’t be many items to address by that point, as LIWI is really helping me to pare things down.
If you are doing LIWI, or if you are struggling with an oversized wardrobe, I encourage you to take some time to do this exercise. Even if you aren’t tracking what you wear at all, I’m sure you still have a good sense of what you are and aren’t wearing. Taking a few minutes to separate your favorites from the “also rans” can help you to get in touch with what you love and why, as well as what you don’t like so much and the reasons for that. I’m going to do a post soon on my closet favorites and what I can learn from them (see an earlier similar post here). Stay tuned for that, as well as a look at why some of the pieces that have been in my closet for a while have stood the test of time (a reader asked me about that, so I’m going to address it in a future post).
I’d love to get your thoughts on the topic of unworn items, both mine and your own. If you have any insights on the items I’ve featured in this post, I welcome them, but I’d also like to read about your wardrobes.
- What are some of the garments and accessories that you haven’t worn this year?
- What do you see as the reasons why those pieces have remained in your closet instead of making it out on the town?
I invite you to share your thoughts with me and your fellow readers. If you have any questions for me – or suggestions for future posts, please post those as well. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!