Close enough to the end of the month to do some thinking and analysis. February is halfway through my August-July "fashion year," so I usually do a wardrobe review and start planning for warm weather this time of year. Here's what's been on my mind.

1. The super slow shop - Between January and February, I ordered three new wardrobe items--a linen dress, a raw silk top, and a wide, silk, wrap belt. I haven't received any of them yet. I expect my new slow fashion items (in Finds) to arrive in early March. I'll also likely add at least one pair of sandals in March. Next month is going to be fun!

2. Skirts - I thought I had skirts figured out, but nope. Most of mine have been sitting unworn for the past six months, despite plenty of lovely skirt weather. I've shuffled a few to the holding zone to see how I feel without them, and more may go shortly. I do have three skirts that I wear regularly. All are longer midi length.

4. Holding Zone - I have a more robust holding zone than I've had in the past. I'm feeling less certain about what should and shouldn't go as I navigate through my first year in a more mild climate, and I like the idea of using a holding zone to experiment with how it feels to live without certain pieces. There are six items in the holding zone right now, and I just passed on another six with my February wardrobe review.

5. Geeking out. If you don't want to know/don't care about the numbers, skip down for closet pics. I like to take inventory and write down my numbers in August and February for reference later, but I didn't do it in August, because I was in the middle of moving. The most recent numbers I have are from last February. My wardrobe is currently at 101 items, down 9 from a year ago.

For my own reference and any other numbers geeks out there, here's the breakdown:

  • 5 dresses (down 4 - counting the jumpsuit as a dress)
  • 4 outerwear (up 1 - I got rid of my parka, but reclassified some light jackets as outerwear because of my change in climate)
  • 10 toppers (down 4 - 7 cardigans, 1 kimono, 1 poncho, 1 blazer)
  • 4 pants (up 1 - 2 jeans, 2 other)
  • 8 skirts (up 1)
  • 13 shoes (up 2 - 1 sandals, 3 sneakers, 6 boots/booties, 2 flats, 1 heels)
  • 24 tops (unchanged - 7 graphic tees, 6 long-sleeved shirts and blouses, 3 pullover sweaters, 6 sleeveless tops)
  • 20 accessories (down 1 - 10 scarves, 3 hats, 1 belt, 6 bags)
  • 13 gear (down 3)

Total Main Wardrobe = 88 items (was 94)
With Gear = 101 items (was 110)

More than 25 wears: 56 (was 47)
5-24 wears: 40 (was 57)
Less than 5 wears: 5 (was 6)

6. And finally...closet photos. My new closet space is smaller than my old one, but I think I finally have it figured out. This is almost everything, barring what I'm currently wearing and a couple pieces in the laundry.

1. Tops, toppers, and dresses

2. Tall boots

3. Basics and tees in top drawer, gear and sleepwear below

4. Scarves

5. Shoes, Pants, plus the baskets for scarves and bras

6. Skirts (and that bag is the holding zone)

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