The Benefits of a Wardrobe Inventory

Weirdly, I found this blog post quite invasive, I think it's because I'm taking photos of my personal space at home and inviting you to look at my wardrobe, even go as far to 'judge' it. You'll find out most of it is fast fashion high street, some are custom made and a small handful are designer. But the origins of the garments aren't what matter today. You also may think I have clothes in abundance, or, considering I'm a fashion designer, hardly own any at all. It may be worth while pointing out the slither of clothes to the right of the wardrobe above the floral print boxes belong to my partner, he owns about 5 t-shirts and 2 pairs of jeans.

Anyway, the point is, I couldn't encourage you to do this more. Take note of the 'stock' in your wardrobe and you're already winning the battle to smarter shopping and focused fashion decisions. 

Take note of your own wardrobe inventory and you'd be surprised at what content you own. How much of it do you truly wear? Several of my t-shirts have holes in which I either use as loungewear or will hand sew and fix at a later date. One thing I don't do is throw out my clothes, I will take them to my studio to deconstruct and copy the pattern down so I can replicate the fit and style at a later date should I want to and/or then use the fabric in something else. (Blog tutorial to follow). 

My fast fashion wardrobe is not growing, it's very much dormant with me getting the most out of the clothing I have previously bought. Something I am very proud of having made a pledge when first educating myself on sustainable and ethical fashion, is not buying any clothes from the high street in well over a year, even 18months perhaps.

By taking a photo I've also enabled myself to stand back and assess my clothes, which has left me a little underwhelmed. I'd like to inject a bit more life and colour into my wardrobe if I'm honest. This can feed into my decisions when shopping or designing at a later date enabling me to create a considered and smart wardrobe that will see each piece worn to its full potential. Which essentially, is what we want out of our clothing. 

So, my wardrobe inventory is as follows:

104 Articles of Clothing

Broken down into:

  • 4 Pairs of Jeans
  • 5 Pairs of Trousers
  • 11 Dresses (Incl. Oversized T-Shirts and a Gown)
  • 2 Jumpsuits
  • 1 Playsuit
  • 12 Jumpers
  • 4 Shirts
  • 19 Tops (6 Long Sleeve, 3 Short Sleeve, 5 Sleeveless, 5 Loungewear)
  • 8 T-Shirts (NOT Incl. the Oversized counted above)
  • 5 Crop Tops
  • 2 Skirts (1 Midi, 1 Mini)
  • 10 Shorts
  • 6 Jackets
  • 2 Cardigans
  • 7 Coats
  • 1 Hoodie
  • 2 Workout Leggings
  • 3 Joggers

A great tip I can suggest to get the most out of your wardrobe and assist in evaluating your clothing choices is to turn your hangers around once you've worn an item. This will clearly help you see which items are your favourite, and which you hardly wear. But before clearing out your wardrobe into a 'keep', 'donate' and 'bin' pile I would encourage you to change those labels to 'keep', 'alter' and 'donate'. You shouldn't be binning anything, whilst donating should also be a last resort. 

23 PAIRS OF SHOES

  • 5 Heels
  • 7 Trainers
  • 4 Sandals
  • 2 Smart 
  • 5 Boots

In terms of shoes, I only really wear one pair of trainers, being on my feet all day pattern cutting requires comfort on my feet. I actually own 5 pairs of heels (I'm talking 6" +) which you will never catch me wearing, my perfect excuse when it comes to footwear (and hoarding) is I actually use most of them for styling shoots instead. I'm the type to buy a pair of shoes (this applies to bags too) that rapidly become my favourites, and I wear them out to the point of impracticality forcing me to invest in the next pair of favourites. 

That garment you hardly wear or no longer like, found its way into your wardrobe once upon a time for a valid reason. Maybe it doesn't fit anymore, can I suggest finding a great tailor if the fit is too big? Or signing up below for updates when I post tutorials on basic amendments and upcycle techniques? There is something highly satisfactory with DIY amendments. 
Perhaps you just don't like the garment in general but still love the print, fabric or colour? Again, I would encourage you to check back for upcoming tutorials reinventing items of clothing into alternative pieces or home furnishings. Please can I highlight that DIY sewing or upcycling projects are not the hippie-chic outcome you associate with sustainable and handmade. You can make a high quality product without the taboo of second hand boho aesthetics. Unique pieces are always better than a generic item we've grabbed off the rail from the high street. 

And once you get the knack and taste for it I assure you, you'll be jumping into the nearest charity shop to pursue the want for a unique aesthetic and falling back in love all over again with the contents of your wardrobe inventory. 

Alexandra Jane WallComment