We had quite a lot of conversations a few weeks ago about whether my linen dress was in-season or not. Obviously it is in season somewhere in the world and lots of people said I could continue wearing it into the colder months here in the UK if I paired it with tights and a cardigan. BUT, the light colours and deckchair-stripes make me feel like it is particularly summery, combine that with the fact that I am not short of winter clothes and I just know it isn’t going to get worn until spring.
So, what I’ve been pondering this week is, should I pack away some of my clothes for the winter? I don’t own loads of clothes and am very lucky to not particularly need the space, but I am wondering if packing them away might be more eco-friendly? As well as potentially keeping them in better condition, I am also wondering if opening a box of ‘new’ clothes each season would scratch that itch for wanting something new to wear and might encourage me to make less?
I have never packed clothes away seasonally before, here in Yorkshire you never know when you will need a sweater or waterproofs in July and yet you might want a short dress for a party in December (though not this year, so maybe it’s a good time to experiment?!). And I certainly don’t have so many clothes where I have ever needed to rotate my wardrobe, but I definitely think it would be nice to ‘forget’ some pieces so I feel like I am getting something new, or even look forward to unpacking certain things when the weather warms up/cools down?
We all like something new, it’s always exciting having something new to wear, but I don’t need to create so many new clothes. This year has definitely seen a big decrease in the amount of stuff I have been making, but I could do better. I am starting to come around to the idea of filling a plastic tub with things that are especially spring/summery that I know I definitely won’t wear over the next six months or so, I am thinking it will be really fun to open that box in April of next year and suddenly have loads of ‘new’ things to wear! I wonder if I might even like them more if they haven’t just been getting in the way all winter?
After loads of Googling I have found loads of people giving tips on HOW to rotate your wardrobe seasonally but no tips on whether thats a more environmentally-friendly thing to do. I think it is. If it can scratch the itch of feeling like I’m getting something new without actually buying something new, then we’re already onto a winner! Remember, the most sustainable garment is the one already in your wardrobe! And I think if I wash and pack things away carefully, like my hand-knitted wool jumpers, they are less likely to get eaten by moths/ caught on jewellery when I am rummaging through drawers/ or damaged by sunlight.
It helps that I am not interested in following trends and am not worried about my clothes going out of style (were they ever IN style?!) but what I am interested in, is making sure my clothes stay in good condition and last me for many years to come.
I want to add one final note to say that I am aware that I am lucky that I don’t HAVE to pack my clothes away, I am ‘lucky’ that after I had my little boy my shape changed so much (and I have the stretch marks to prove it) that none of my old clothes ever fit me again, so I don’t have a wardrobe full of years and years worth of stuff. I also have storage under the bed and a wardrobe to store things, I know lots of people don’t have the luxury of space and have no choice but to rotate their wardrobes!
What do you think? Do you pack your clothes away seasonally? If so, is it fun opening up a box of ‘new’ stuff twice a year? Do you think it has environmental benefits, or am I talking a lot of rubbish? I haven’t started sorting through clothes yet, so let’s chat!