closet inventory: january 2017

I’ve been meaning to conduct a closet inventory for a while now, as I think it’s a useful exercise to visualize the pieces already present in one’s wardrobe; it helps to identify patterns and develop a broader perspective on personal style. Plus, now that I’ve been using the Stylebook app for over a year now, I now have a digital (and thus very convenient!) means of cataloguing and sharing the items in my closet. 


So here’s a look at my wardrobe by the numbers:


144 tops

  • 7 sleeveless tops
  • 35 short sleeve tees
  • 18 blouses
  • 11 blazers
  • 2 sweatshirts
  • 15 long sleeve tees
  • 28 button up shirts
  • 22 cardigans


74 bottoms

  • 16 pairs of jeans
  • 13 pairs of shorts
  • 14 pairs of pants
  • 31 skirts


53 pairs of shoes

  • 12 pairs of boots
  • 8 pairs of sandals
  • 10 pairs of flats
  • 3 pairs of wedges
  • 3 pairs of sneakers


28 dresses

  • 25 short sleeved + sleeveless dresses
  • 3 long sleeved dresses


19 bags

  • 11 totes
  • 5 clutches
  • 2 crossbody bags
  • 1 backpack


114 accessories 

  • 6 pairs of sunglasses
  • 30 belts
  • 22 necklaces
  • 6 bracelets
  • 11 watches
  • 17 pairs of earrings
  • 22 scarves


28 outerwear items

  • 7 coats
  • 13 jackets
  • 8 vests

TOTAL: 460 items

Oof, the fact that there are almost 500 items in my closet is a little astounding. Minimalist, I am not! However, to be fair, almost a third of those items are bags and accessories rather than actual garments of clothing. Nonetheless, seeing the enormity of my wardrobe will hopefully give me pause on my next shopping excursion. The two categories that surprised me in their extensive variety were skirts and button-up shirts. I think I likely added several items in each category over the past year in particular because my breastfeeding-friendly uniform consisted of–you guessed it–a button-up shirt and a skirt. 

I’ll try to make this closet inventory at least an annual (perhaps seasonal?) event to encourage me to see the sartorial possibilities already present in my closet. 

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