Wardrobe Science


In the interest of better understanding my purchasing choices I have decided to start collecting data points on my wardrobe. I want to understand how many times I wear each piece so that I can calculate a cost per wear and track the longevity of my clothing.

 Warning: this is about to get geeky.

I used sheets in Google Drive, so that I can enter new info from my phone while getting dressed. This is really important, because I know I am not going to log into my computer, go to google.com, click on Drive, and find the sheet to log data every morning. Lifestyle experiments only work as well as you design them.

On a new sheet, I created the headings – Item, Description, Date Purchased, Price in EUR, Number of Times Worn, Date Retired, Notes, and Price Per Wear. In the ‘Item’ column I separated Bottoms, Tops, Sweaters, Jackets, Coats, Dresses, Accessories, and Shoes. Then I simply started entering the data, obviously, I don’t know the exact date purchased or worn number for older items, so I put estimates in those fields. The longer I continue to log data, the more accurate it will get!

 For underwear and socks, I get all of mine from Uniqulo and have always been really happy with the quality, so I don’t think it’s worth the time and energy to try to track these.

My hope is that by collecting data on my wardrobe, I am able to better understand how well I am spending my money, what I really wear most, and how well my items hold up over time. This will help me make better choices about future purchases, in addition to helping me really define my individual style.

In case anyone is wondering, I have 37 items of clothing and 5 pairs of shoes. Obviously, this would be a much harder (and arguably much more necessary) task with a larger wardrobe.

5 thoughts on “Wardrobe Science

  1. Hehe! Love the geek factor here, Erin. Thanks for sharing. The thought process behind this is similar to what my husband suggested I do when I ran the idea of a capsule wardrobe by him. Still working my way up (down?) to the capsule. I’m so in awe that you have 37 items of clothing and 5 pairs of shoes. That has made me really curious to know how many pieces I currently have. I must count one day; I think it would give me a much better sense of where I’m at with my clothes.


    1. I could actually get rid on two pairs of shoes and about 1/4 of the clothing without a second thought, but since I am also trying to be mindful of waste I want to use them for as long as possible.

      The best part is that I FINALLY have a real style of my own and I feel a lot more confident getting dressed in the morning 🙂

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      1. Wow, that’s incredible Erin! That really says a lot about how much we truly need clothing-wise on a day-to-day basis. You’re living proof that it’s possible to have a small wardrobe and dress with style without having a closet that is bursting at the seams. I’m so pleased for you that you feel you have finally found a real style of your own! That’s awesome! 🙂


  2. You should post the 37 items. I’m having trouble imagining how you can have outfits for all occasions with so few items. I probably have 37 pieces that I wear for work; but outside of work I have a different style. And then there’s fancy times. And pajama times. So… pics?

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    1. I absolutely can! But it’s important to remember with capsule wardrobes that different lifestyles have different needs. I can dress semi-formal for work, so my work and home clothing is pretty much the same. Happy to gather up some pictures and post a capsule wardrobe in the next couple weeks:)


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