When I am here, I do not suffer the same wardrobe panic that I have at home. A few good things that all go together, a couple of scarves and jackets, two pairs of boots. That's it. I never feel like I have nothing to wear (like at home) and I feel perfectly put together wherever I go. Why is that?
It isn't expected here to have a new outfit every day or for each event. No one minds if I wore that sweater yesterday, or even the last three days. So this got me to researching...
The average American woman has 30 outfits. One for every day of the month. About 103 pieces, of which includes 25 pairs of shoes. They also donate or discard 65 pounds of clothing a year. That's a lot of clothes!!! And yet surveys show most American women feel stress opening their closet doors because their clothes are unwearable, too tight, too loose or too new. And these are women in the most casual fashion country of all, where anything goes and clothing should be easy.
One blogger suggested we ask ourselves one question before acquiring a new piece of clothing: would I want to wear this in Paris? Ouch. Out go my comfy weekend pants and that baggy sweatshirt I love. But it does bring up a great point - how many of us really, really love the clothes in our closet? Maybe a few stellar pieces (and fewer items in general) would help us answer yes to that question. In the meantime, I am going to wear this sweater one more day.