I recently listened to Articles of Interest regarding wardrobe apps and I really took to heart that wardrobe apps make people appreciate what they have rather than making people buy more. This is something I have been working towards in my relationship with my wardrobe and I do a lot of things already like caring for and mending my items.
I have started to catalogue my wardrobe several times but never managed to complete which of course led to me not keeping the catalogue updated either. The biggest hurdle was to add photographs of my items - the biggest point of it all, the visualisation. I know, right? But when a few other lolitas in the Lolibrary Discord posted graphs of their wardrobes I felt like maybe the graphs would be visualisation enough for me. I was recommended the Wardrobe Tracker (originally by Kimbuucha, modified by babelglyph) which I was familiar with since before but never got around to using.
After five sittings (in total maybe 30 hours) my wardrobe catalogue is now complete and I have the graphs to show for it.
|I thought the dress ratio would be higher. All my bottoms are skirts and I don't use skirts that often so I am fine with this ratio as well. Tops are the garments that are closest to my body so I change them more often than I change dresses and then it makes sense that they make up a third of my wardrobe.|
Lolita fashion is my main style. I wearr it daily and I wear lolita at work. I have been a lolita since 2001 so many items have been with me for a long time. I have very few garments for when I need to pass as a normie. So keep all of this in mind when you look at the charts: my wardrobe is fitting for me and my way of lolita.
Even though it took a lot of time to finish I actually finished this time. I started filling in the items that I could remember straight away without looking in my closet. When I actually went to the closet I was surprised that I only had to add a few garments that I didn't remember straight away. I see it as a sign that I have a pretty good knowledge of my inventory and it is not a giant black hole of fabric.
The charts are definitely a great visualisation tool for me just as I had hoped for. There were no huge surprises in the charts, more like pleasant discoveries and nice confirmations. Although I am still thinking about the amount of socks.
With help from my partner I took the opportunity to pack away things that are out of season and put some items in a sales pile as well. Now I have more overview of what is in my closet (thanks to the cataloging), I don't get as overwhelmed when I pick what to wear (thanks to the seasonal rotation) and I have items I know I truly want to keep and will use (thanks to the sales cleaning). This makes me feel so much lighter and more at ease.
Going through everything and making some rearrangements made me fall further in love with my wardrobe. Just as in the podcast episode I listened to, I not only feel like I have enough - I feel like I have an abundance. And I love all of it.