A few months ago, I had what can only be described as a mid-wardrobe-crisis (if that even makes sense) when it became apparent to me that no matter how many things I buy—and I buy a lot of things—I simply can’t shake the habit of wearing the same 10 or so items all the time. As a matter of fact, my husband pointed it out. I generally hate to admit that someone else is right, but I couldn’t even deny that it was true. (So, if you’re reading this, thank you, Alex.)
But now, back to me: 95% of the times that I get dressed, I throw on some combination of the same few jeans, tees, tanks and basic jackets, even though I actually own and am continuously acquiring a plethora of fun, cool, and compelling pieces. The realization haunted me for several days until I decided outright that this ridiculous practice would simply have to stop. I could no longer continue buying things only to let them go unworn. But since (realistically) the shopping wasn’t going to change any time soon, I concluded that the only solution would be to find a way to start wearing not only more of the clothes I have bought recently but pieces I’ve had for years too.
Before I could come up with a solution, however, I had to first analyze the problem: why I was doing this in the first place. I could think of two main reasons. First, I’m a creature of habit. When I find something I like, whether it’s a restaurant or an outfit, I repeat it. And I don’t just like jeans and T-shirts—I love them. This, I told myself, I could shake. After all, I wasn’t proposing that I stop wearing those pieces anytime soon. I simply just needed to sprinkle in some additional items here and there. As for the other root of the problem… I noticed that I had a tendency to go straight for the same drawer in my dresser and same section of my closet every time I went to get dressed. Coincidentally, these areas happened to house those 10 or so items I told you about earlier. When I realized this, I came up with a solution.
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