The ever-stylish Nikki at Styling You did a great vlog on Friday where she mentioned ‘shopping your wardrobe’. As a person who rotates the same six garments at the front of a seemingly packed full wardrobe, heading into my own stash before I hit the shops seems like a great concept. I think it could definitely work at my place except…
My wardrobe looks like a shop at ‘sales time’. You know, when the shop has ‘Everything Reduced By 50% BUY NOW NOW NOW’ signs on the window and inside everything is strewn everywhere and all the colours are clashing like a giant exploding firecracker and you think ‘there is absolutely nothing I like in this store’ (although, hell, at 50% off you darn well find something, right?)
It got me thinking that if I did a big wardrobe clear out and then hung and folded everything all colour-co-ordinated by outfit like they do in the stores when it’s not sales time, I might actually want to shop my wardrobe. I could even have items stacked the way they should be stacked in the shops – with the big sizes at the front, decreasing down to the smaller sizes. Because, yes, I have all those sizes – my weight is too unstable to risk not having ‘back ups’!
So, I could do all that and no doubt find loads of really lovely outfits to wear in my Wardrobe Shop that cost me absolutely nothing…
Or do they?
Just thinking about this a bit more. What would be the cost to my sanity having to maintain my Wardrobe Shop? I worked Saturday mornings at Rockmans circa 1989, I know how much folding and hanging and refolding and rehanging and folding is involved in clothes-shop keeping. Even the memory of my time at Rockmans is crushing me with boredom. And that’s not even including the washing and ironing of said clothes. As a naturally messy person, the amount of work and stress involved would be phenomenal. I would have to give up my day job so I could work in my Wardrobe Shop full time. Eek.
It’s true, I lust after many a thing for my home. But a walk-in wardrobe with all those open shelves is absolutely not one of them. And while I can certainly take Nikki’s excellent advice about auditing the piles I have, I think I’ll stick with the sales.