In the same survey that brought us the news that people tend to be happiest with their style when they reach the age of 33, comes the revelation that a lot of us aren’t actually wearing all – or even most – of the clothes we own.
According to the study commissioned by Marks & Spencer, 38% of Brits admit to only liking and wearing 50% of the clothes they own: and, to be honest, the only thing surprising about this is that the figure isn’t higher.
Not making full use of the clothes at your disposal, you see, is a common complaint, which we hear regularly from both readers and friends. It seems true to say that having lots of clothing doesn’t always give you more options when it comes to getting dressed: actually, the opposite is often true, and the greater the choice, the more people struggle to know what to do with it. Having a bulging closet sounds like the stuff of a fashion lover’s dreams, but ask any clothes collector what percentage of their clothing they actually WEAR, and you might just be surprised by the answer: even those with the largest amount of clothes are their disposal will often admit to wearing the same old favourites over and over, while the rest languishes forgotten at the back of a drawer.
Does that sound like you? Do you buy lots of clothes, only to find yourself returning time and time again to the same old combinations, or simply wearing whatever’s at the top of the pile, and forgetting the rest? Or maybe you have a carefully-honed capsule wardrobe, in which every item earns its keep?