Une femme’songoing efforts to ruthlessly edit down the contents of la garde-robe have stalled. Not only am I struggling to cast off those “maybe-I’ll-wear-it-someday” items, but I’ve taken a step (or four) backward as I’ve recently been accumulating rather than shedding. The goal of refining my wardrobe down to only those items that are classic, chic, flattering, and well made has at times seemed insurmountable.
Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” Well, dear readers, I think I have found my lever and fulcrum.
La Belette Rouge posted today about applying the “wear it in Paris” standard to assess potential purchases. I love this idea, and it’s a great way to keep myself focused on my goal when tempted by those cute-but-redundant items on the sale tables. While she was speaking of limiting purchases to those she’d use on her upcoming trip, I’m going to expand on this standard to apply to what I already own and imagine whether I would wear it, not for a specific trip or occasion, but if I were to suddenly find my entire life transplanted to Paris.
“Would I wear it in Paris?” It’s clear, it’s concise, and it shall become my wardrobe mantra. Managerial and motivational textbooks stress that success comes from goals that are clear and results that are measurable. And lo! the yardstick has appeared.
The good news is that there’s nothing I need right now for any occasion short of a black tie gala (and I don’t see any of those on the horizon). I can hold the line on any new purchases without much pain. Plus, with the money I’ll save in the next few months by cutting back on spending, I can splurge on something really fabulous when we get to Paris!
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