As I have been purging, I have really focused on things that I LOVE. Colors that flatter me, cuts that work with my body, clothes that fit my lifestyle needs and I have noticed something pretty surprising. The things that I am just “meh” about and end up in the donate pile, or for the most part (about 90%), things I’ve purchased on sale. Those things that I paid full retail for seem to be making the cut. I don’t think it has anything to do with paying full price and therefore not willing to part with it so easily, but more of a “I must have really loved this to pay full price”.
I believe that part of my problem was being a bargain hunter and falling for sales. I would buy something because it is a great deal. I didn’t buy it because I loved it. I think this is a GIGANTIC breakthrough for why I tend to buy so many clothes but have such a dysfunctional wardrobe.
I have also noticed distinct holes in my wardrobe as I continue to pare down. I have a lighter color and material skirt/pant/jacket suiting set. I have a dark brown skirt, pants, and jacket – all different brands and slightly different colors. I feel that I need one good dark brown, all season, suiting set. Preferably a skirt, pants, jacket combo (a dress would be nice, too), all the same brand and same dye so it can be worn together.
Oh! I also noticed that I do really love the jeans I have been wearing, which is probably how they made the cut to begin with. I don’t understand why I have so many jeans when three pairs really cover all my needs. I saved a couple pairs to act as “backup” to replace these when they wear out.