In a wardrobe funk

LogoLiving as I do in a location that has very distinct seasons, I have two almost entirely different wardrobes. There are, of course, some pieces that stay in my closet year round, but I do a seasonal wardrobe switch twice a year. Our bedroom closet isn’t very big, so the off-season clothes go into storage in the basement. Before that happens, I usually do a good sort and try to get rid of things that are taking up space and not likely to be worn again. I say “try to” because I’m not always good at letting go of things. That’s definitely part of what has led to my present wardrobe funk. It’s barely past the middle of June and I’m already feeling fed up with my summer wardrobe! There were things that I fully intended to get rid of at the end of last summer, but when it came time to do that, I wasn’t disciplined enough. Instead, they went into storage and when I hung them back in the closet this spring, I was immediately discouraged by what I saw. That’s definitely not a good way to start a new season!

And what a season it’s been! The monotony of the Covid-19 quarantine has definitely added to my present feeling of discouragement with my wardrobe. Though I firmly believe in getting dressed every morning and not hanging around the house in pyjamas or sweats, the shutdown has seriously limited where we’ve been able to go and consequently what I’ve worn. There are a number of dressier items languishing in my closet simply because I’ve had nowhere to wear them.

Then there’s the weather. Last year we basically didn’t have summer. It was the coldest, wettest summer that I can ever remember. Though we’ve had a few really nice days this year, it isn’t starting out a lot warmer. I still enjoy wearing shorts and sleeveless tops on hot days, but with temperatures barely creeping above 20ºC (68ºF) most days and some not even that warm, I need things that are suitable for cooler days. That’s where the choices in my closet are most limited; another reason for my present wardrobe woe.

A poorly curated closet + a pandemic + gloomy weather = a serious wardrobe funk! 

So, what am I going to do about it? This year, I’m not going to wait until the end of summer to weed out the items in my closet that should no longer be there. I already have a collection of clothing and other things to drop off at our local thrift store as soon as it reopens and I’m going to start adding to it right now! Although the Covid restrictions are starting to loosen, it’s probably going to be awhile before I go shopping for anything new, but once I’ve pared down the closet to those things that I actually want to wear again, I’ll take a close look at where the gaps are and make a wish list. That way, when I finally do go shopping, I’ll be prepared! In the meantime, I’m also going to work even harder than I already have been at putting together new and different combinations from the items that are already in my closet. Who knows, maybe I’ll even find some interesting ones to share with you in future posts.

Now, how are you doing? Have you found yourself in a funk lately… wardrobe or otherwise?

7 thoughts on “In a wardrobe funk

  1. Wardrobe funk pretty much sums it up! We have had some very hot and humid days here in Indianapolis and I’ve have to scramble to pull out of hiding some appropriate clothing. A true luxury would be closets large enough to hold more than one season of clothes. Why is it so hard to let go of some things? I guess I hear my mother’s voice saying “you might need that”. Goodwill is open here and my daughter and I went last week. She got some black pants for work, shorts, some cute tees and a couple cute handbags. I found a couple tees and a cute crossbody handbag (new), also a smallish Vera Bradley. I don’t have the serious health issues that you have, so I felt fairly comfortable being out shopping. Today will be spent finishing the wardrobe changeover and helping the Urban Farmer spread new sand in the chicken run. Oh, the glamour!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! Considering everything that’s been going on in the world, I was feeling a little guilty complaining about my wardrobe and the size of my closet.

  2. Well Said Elaine!
    Exactly how many people are feeling because they’re reaching into a section of their closet that perhaps we didn’t have as much reason to in the past. For instance … instead of the Office Appropriate Coordinate and off to the office we go, we’re reaching for a Polished Casual look for the Zoom Calls. Prior to the Covid Coaster our needs were taken care of now in this New Normal our wardrobe needs have changed.
    Cabi has your Needs Covered Ladies… Polished Casual … Home Office appropriate …. Lounging Comfort… Dangerously – Soft Pants with elastic waists … and of course, The Best Fitting Denim I’ve ever Worn.

    Check it out…

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