No Clothes Challenge!

My Clothes Audit

A couple of people in the No New Clothes for a Year Facebook group posted ‘audits’ of their wardrobes-basically listing the contents of their wardrobes and drawers and writing down what they have.
I keep periodically purging my clothes, so I kind of assumed that I didn’t really have that many clothes.
But I decided that it would be a useful way to start on a No New Clothes for a Year Challenge-work out exactly what I already have.

And then the next step would be to decide if I really love those items, and if I don’t, then donate them to the charity shop, or add them to the ‘awaiting upcycling’ pile, and think about what I can do change/alter/embellish them so that I do love them.

So, in my wardrobe and drawers (and scattered around my bedroom) I have…

  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 pair has holes in both knees and is in desperate need of some TLC)
  • 1 black shirt
  • 4 dresses
  • 2 skirts-one made from a pair of jeans, and one made as part of my Make Me a Wardrobe Challenge (which I am woefully behind on)
  • 3/4 length jeans
  • tweed jacket that I inherited from my mum
  • 3 sweatshirt/fleece type jumpers
  • 7 vest tops-I wear these as nightwear, and also as an underlayer when the weather gets cold!
  • 7 long sleeved tops
  • 3 short sleeved tops
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 5 cardigans
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 Christmas jumpers (!)-one that I made last year for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day, and one that I found in a charity shop
  • 2 chunky woolly jumpers
  • 2 pairs of slobbing/PJ trousers
  • running gear: 2 pairs of leggings, 2 sports bra/tops; 2 short sleeved t-shirts; 2 long sleeved t-shirts

Clothes audit

Clothes audit-drawers

And Shoes…

  • 2 pairs of knee high boots-one was bought was part of the Great Boot Pursuit during My Make Do and Mend Year, and one pair I bought last year from PoZu, having searched for my perfect pair secondhand for over 2 years!
  • 1 pair of ankle boots-again, bought during My Make Do and Mend Yeardye boots dyed1
  • 1 pair of lace up shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 2 pairs of medium heel smart shoes
  • 1 pair of smarter shoes with wedge heels
  • 1 pair of ‘black party shoes’
  • 1 pair of light green ‘party shoes’
  • 1 pair of running trainers
  • 2 pairs of knackered shoes that I wear in the garden

And I also have a heap on the floor of clothes I have rooted out that need mending/upcycling/donating:

  • a scarf I crocheted that I don’t wear. I want to ‘frog it’ (I think that’s the technical term-it means pull it apart to re-use the yarn!)
  • a jumper I bought in a charity shop that I don’t really like. It looks like it’s homemade though, so I want to try and ‘unpick and knit again’. Joanne Scrace of Not So Granny has done a whole chapter on this in the Make Do and Mend-able: Back to Basics e-book, and I’m really keen to have a go!)
  • 2 pairs of wide leg trousers that I want to try and make skinny fit (Vicky Myers did a great tutorial for Make Do and Mend-able right here!)
  • 1 cardi that I have patched and mended and have now decided is a bit boring
  • the first skirt I ever made. I love the fabric, but I just don’t wear it. I’m not sure if it’s too long, or what it is that I don’t like about it, but I am loathe to get rid of it
  • a t-shirt that I love, but that is actually falling apart. I want to try and salvage the appliqued decoration from it!

Crikey-when you write it all out, it feels kind of obscene…!
I didn’t think I had many pairs of shoes, but I have loads. And lots of pairs that I hardly ever wear.

How is it possible to have a list like that (7 long sleeved tops! 5 cardis!) and still feel like I have nothing really to wear?
I think it may be because there are some things in there that I don’t really like that much, and so avoid wearing.
I’ve read a few blog posts that recommend ear marking the things you really love. I have to confess that I don’t think I have any clothes I really really love. Maybe I’m just not a clothes person?
I’m going to go through and put all the bits I like (not love!) in a pile, and all the bits I’m not sure about in another pile.
I’m a bit scared of getting rid of all the bits I’m not sure about, as I may end up with very few clothes, but on the other hand, it may be the incentive I need to make them into stuff I to really love (like)?

Anyone else doing a clothes audit?
It seems to be a bit of a ‘marmite’ thing in the Facebook group-some people are quite keen/have already done it, and others have very firmly said ‘No Way!’

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  • Reply Plastic Is Rubbish September 23, 2015 at 7:02 am

    In 2015 I pledged to use no more than my fair global share of fibres and they have to be sustainably sourced. Whats a global share?11.74 kg per person of which 3.8 kg is
    natural fibres. I don’t like synthetic fibres for a number of very good reason so I will use mainly natural fibres.Therefore my global share is 3.8 kg of natural fibres with a few
    synthetics when unavoidable. No lyrca jumpsuits for me!

    Of course if my wardrobe is stuffed full with hundreds of items, groaning with sportswear and rustling with ball gowns, you might not consider that much of a challenge. Just so you know, it’s not. At the end of 2014 I had 45 items of clothing. You can read more here

  • Reply Helen Butt September 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Since I buy very little in the way of clothing I don’t mind buying one or two new things a year, which still has an impact yes but which is very small in real terms.

    It is great what you are doing Jen and I think there is an in between, which is where I think I’m at.

    • Reply Jen September 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

      I guess the ultimate aim is for everyone to find a place where they are happy. Where they are thinking about what they are buying, and being more conscious. I think you are there Helen 🙂

  • Reply Nicola September 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Wow Well done you. My wardrobe feels massive now (and very indulgent 🙁 )

    I love those ankle boots in the picture. They may just be my new favourite boots!

    • Reply Jen September 23, 2015 at 9:31 am

      They’re great aren’t they! I live in them over the Winter. I got them from a charity shop, but they looked brand new. They were slightly an odd colour, but I dyed them with suede dye 🙂

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