the 20/80 quandary: i’m guilty.

Like most people, I’ve got a closet full of clothes yet still seem to follow the 20/80 rule. Never heard of it? It’s where you wear 20 percent of your clothing 80 percent of the time. It’s how you know what you gravitate towards–colors, prints, dresses, jeans, etc. This little striped top quickly became part of my 20 percent. While initially I wasn’t going anywhere with this it totally makes sense, as a person who documents several of my outfit selections each week, that I  should probably definitely mix it up a bit. I should probably also stop buying blue clothing. And striped clothing. And blue striped clothing.

I read an interesting article that tries to get clothes hounds like myself to delve a little deeper and start wearing some items from the 80 percent–you may find a piece you love and forgot you had, or you might clear some of the clutter off of your racks. Either way, it’s an easy little project and it will encourage you to shop within your own closet. You should have a closet filled with items you ADORE, not just ho-hum items that keep you from leaving the house au naturale. I am challenging all of you to delve into the 80 percent–and I will be doing it, too! I’m going to start off trying to go 2 weeks without repeating clothing (sunnies don’t count)–wish me luck!

erika thomas miami blogger palazzo pants stripesTop & palazzo pants (similar): Old Navy. Sunglasses: Tod’s, Vintage bag (my grandmothers): Etienne Aigner (similar), Watch: Michael Kors (similar), Necklace: Forever 21.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Margarette 2012/04/25 at 8:05 pm

    Nice post ET. Good points made too. I need to take a look @ my 80% as well… wish I had you here to help me :(

  • Reply Ria 2012/04/25 at 11:39 pm

    I’ve been unknowingly utilizing most of my closet lately because of events and stuff.

  • Reply Franziska 2012/04/28 at 2:39 am

    I completely agree on the 20/80 rut. I have been reaching for the same 10 pieces of clothing although I have a full closet of clothes (all that I picked out and paid good money for!). I think the fun thing about blogging about your outfits is that it makes you restyle your clothes so you have something new to add. It keeps it fun.

    That being said, a good striped shirt is worth repeatedly wearing :)

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