Assuming that the items in my closet all got plenty of wears before editing out, and curious about the idea of (at least) 30 wears equating with maximizing a garment’s usefulness, I embarked on a project of SYC and ‘counting wears’ in order to test my assumptions. Here is my midsummer report!

There were a few cool days in early June, but from the summer solstice (June 20) onwards, it has been high summer in southern Ontario. I am definitely team shorts - 51 shorts outfits in June and July, compared to 10 dress/skirts combinations. White RL jean cutoffs have been worn 24 times in 2 months, and look as pristine as the day I, well, cut them down to shorts! A little more than half my tops are in rotation - lighter weight t-shirts, sleeveless tops, and button downs. A dark floral T from 2018, that was identified as a 2019 summer workhorse, has been a part of 10 outfits. 3 lightweight Boden T’s have seen 18 wears all together. A new Halogen mesh top - 7 wears.

I’m not in ‘no buy’ mode, but activity restrictions imposed by Covid related precautions has resulted in limited acquisitions as I navigate online shopping that meets SIMPAT style goals. In the past 2 months I’ve bought: light olive wide leg crops (Mother) an olive mini backpack (Rebecca Minkoff) a red Nootka T (Wild Coast) a cotton floral print hoodie (Old Navy), thrifted jean cut-offs, and beige shorts (which I tailored for a better fit.)

A mini closet cul resulted in 7 items being set aside - due to wear and tear issues, and red items that have lost their vibrancy after frequent wear, washing, and sun exposure.

I got a HUGE pick-me-up in July, when I was able to get a hair cut and aesthetics appointment for lashes and brows after almost 6 months without these services! The province entered ‘stage 2’ re-opening in late June, and just recently transitioned to ‘stage 3’.

Going forward, I suspect August and much of September will resemble the past two months, and the shorts I have in rotation will all clock over 30 wears before I pack them away for the season, While enjoying the heck out of summer, my (fashion) thoughts are turning towards the annual October closet review and F/W updates.

#1 new acquisitions in June and July
#2 typical outfit (walking to Sportsplex for a swim!)

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