I just read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline.
Am I the last one? I feel like everyone has already read it. I heard about it from Peter at Male Pattern Boldness. (Is anyone else getting a weird warning from their browser when they visit his page? What gives?)
What did you think of this book? I was pretty jaw-dropped right from the get-go, when she started listing off the quantities of clothes she owned. "Socks and underwear notwithstanding, [she] owned 354 pieces of clothing. Americans buy an average of sixty four items of clothing a year"
Those just seem like some crazy numbers! It made me curious how my wardrobe would stack up.
OK, who the *F* needs 61 tops and 60 T shirts ? I did come out on top in a couple of categories, though. Most notably shoes!
I found it interesting that her categories included "workout pants" but not any other workout gear. Is she one of those people who wears yoga pants as "fashion"? Yuck. I fit all my workout wear in the original categories. Maybe she did this too? Although if she differentiated between tops, tank tops, T shirts and the inexplicable "long-sleeved shirts" I would have expected her to have separated out her exercise tops.
I also had three pairs of pants that didn't really fit in the "Dress Pants" category (and how I hate that description. They're trousers!) so I just put them in the "Jeans" category, since I wear them like jeans.
While I was sorting through my clothes, I figured I'd check out a few more stats for your viewing pleasure.
Fiber composition! Cotton much? I had some trouble with this because I couldn't devise any practical way to account for the size of a garment. In this chart, a bra made of spandex is weighted the same as a full-length silk dress. Further complicating things, some tags gave the fiber content of linings and some didn't, some were not in English and some contained the frightful "Other fibers". Yikes! I also excluded my tights from this because they don't have tags.
Don't you just love infographics? I do, so you can imagine my delight at being able to make my very own world map infographic. You too can experience the ecstasy of infographicmakership. Check out this nifty tutorial.
Result! Pretty slick, right? I didn't include mine in the "made in Canada" number because that would really skew things.
18 of my 156 garments are made by me. Here it is in handy chart form!
I'm glad I'm not a compulsive shopper or hoarder. This would have taken me all day!
What's in your closet?