Nikki, thank you -- that is so kind of you to say! And yes, I was referring to "boyish" or gamine style; I think in my original post on this I spelled it garconne. La garconne was the name for a dominant women's style in the 1920s and that is perhaps closer to what I'm talking about. Feminine, but androgynous. It was associated with Coco Chanel.
Cardiff Girl -- those are excellent questions. I have always thought of myself as someone who is comfortable with editing the closet, but apparently I do find it difficult to let some things go, yes! Increasingly so, perhaps. In my early years on YLF I was not confident in my style, made a lot of inexpensive purchases at thrift or from fast fashion, and had enough disposable income (after the first few years) that I didn't worry much about closet churn. Lately I've had a bit less income, my style is more assured, and I'm more concerned about the environmental impact of the industry and my role in that, so this has all influenced my buying and editing patterns.
The easiest for me to let go of is footwear -- mainly because I wear it out so thoroughly, so fast. I regularly retire 5- 8 shoes, boots, sandals per. year and buy as many to replace. I know some people must wonder how on earth... but that's my reality. I also find it easy to let go of clothing that is badly worn and not repairable (often, for me, this is jeans and certain knits). And I easlly pass on anything that does not fit and have never regretted that.
The things I cling to are special occasion pieces (what if the occasion returns?), coats (I need a lot of coats in my climate, and like coats, and they cost a lot), and anything similar that costs a lot and is very classic in style and/or would be difficult for me to replace, either because of the cost or because of the item's colour or special features or impeccable fit. For me, blazers fit into that box. I never want to let any of them go because I love them all so much and they are almost never cheap.
Another category of item that I tend to hang onto for a long time -- button down shirts. They don't wear out fast for me, and the style is excellent for me. But I do eventually get bored of them. So I buy another -- until I've ended up with quite a collection, maybe more than I need.
I don't usually keep a "holding zone" but I did during the pandemic because it was harder to donate then, and I did in fact pluck a few items out of the holding zone during that time as well. But shopping was also difficult. Typically I never regret what I do pass along.
Thank you, Carla. Oh, the poor hair! It badly needs cutting now but the big winter storms are making my trip impossible...
Angie, thank you for your always helpful and positive guidance. Where would I be without you? Wearing the same old jeans and sweater and feeling very unstylish, and that's the truth. You've helped me find a style and grow into it. Such a gift.