Last week was the first week back to work for a lot of people - it was for me, and getting dressed was brutal. For the entire week my outfits were lacking and not well put together, things didn't fit the same anymore, and I felt bored of everything I put on.
It made me feel a bit sad, and almost disappointed in myself. Why? Well, I thought I had been purchasing carefully selected items in the last few years, and to feel blech about everything I put on made me question whether I really loved these purchases in the first place.
I looked back at the items that I was bored with, or that didn't fit well anymore and realized that I had purchased them in 2014 and they were things I wore often. Their cost per wear are significantly under my $1 threshold, averaging under 50 cents. That's pretty good!
What I thought was boredom was actually myself telling me that it's time to let go. It didn't mean that they weren't great items for me, it just meant that I wore them so much, that they are now worn out and no longer giving me the same feeling of happiness when I wear them; after wearing something all the time for 3 years, this seems pretty natural and reasonable.
They are staple items so it's been hard to let them go, but since I'm feeling a bit down about wearing them, I know it's time to retire these items and start looking for their replacements. Ideally, I'm looking at my wardrobe first to see if I can fill that hole before searching to buy a replacement - as I'm purging and trying to be more aware of what I bring in, I'm finding that a lot of things I already own make great replacements or work just as well, but I rarely realize this among all my other things.