Two by two

I'm happy I got to spend some quality time in my closet this weekend. I feel like I have a better handle on what I have and what I am looking for this spring.

I realized that I have duplicates of almost all of my blouses. I have one light and airy and the other shorter and more fitted of the following: dark with white polka dots, animal, gingham and chambray. Is that crazy?! All of them are in heavy rotation these days. I reach for them on casual work days, MOTG and date nights. Should I look for more variety in my wardrobe? I like having fit options but it seems like I could either minimize my wardrobe by not having duplicates or I could use more color options.

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 11 years ago

    I don't think it's crazy at all to have duplicates of items that work well for you. You've said they are all in heavy rotation and it sounds like they're extremely versatile for you working with any occasion. Frankly, I think that's the sign of smart purchases! And if they fit well and you feel good in them, all the better.

    As for adding more colour options, that's kind of what I'm doing these days. I would suggest adding 2-3 more blouses for the spring/summer season. How about emerald green? Tomato red? Cobalt blue? I think you'd look stunning in those colours. And we both know you and I are on the hunt for the perfect green blazer!

  • jayne replied 11 years ago

    I agree with Shannon, this to me means you have found things you like and use and adding more means the things you like might have to wait in line. So unless you are running out of clothes by laundry day, I would enjoy my tight perfect wardrobe and reuse and keep it focused! You seem to be a success there.

    My clothes don't all get used and I keep making 'new' look purchases which means nothing matches and I have to buy more to get it to work. I like your method better. Buy the same twice in slightly different variations, which means it matches things you already have and be happy!

  • ManidipaM replied 11 years ago

    I agree with Shannon and Jayne. Sounds like you have found certain patterns/fabrications that work very well for you and are using a number of concurrent interpretations of those. Isn't that part of that elusive project called 'cohesiveness'?

  • Angie replied 11 years ago

    Rita, if you reach for these items all the time - duplicates are a great idea. And they aren't *precise* duplicates either. The blouses seem varied enough to me - but if something else tickles your fancy, add it in too.

  • Lisa replied 11 years ago

    I'm with comments above. These sound like workhorses for you and although they are similar, they are also slightly different. I often have a small twist on repeats of things I like (maybe say a ivory top that's a sweater for winter, a tunic for fall and a short sleeve for summer). When it works, it just works!

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