Oh friends! Here in my northern corner of the Northern Hemisphere, it is cold. The chill hits like a ton of bricks, every year, exactly on the equinox. How does it knowwww?
Anyway, if sweatah weathah came on gradually, as I feel it should, I could be better prepared. But, no, I’m shocked and scrambling. No matter! Self-care enthusiasts can make hay in any season, so this autumnal equinox I’m doing a full wardrobe reset . . . with a twist.
Everything must go!
Equinoctial wardrobe reevaluations are nothing new. But there are only so many times you can take everything out of your closet and only so many ways you can remix the contents and feel you’ve accomplished anything at all.
Let’s do something truly different. Let’s not worry about sparking joy. Let’s not bother with separate piles called Repair, Donate and Toss. (At least not today.)
Take everything out of the closet and pile it on the bed. One four-foot-high undifferentiated mass is just fine. There are only three steps, and that’s Step One!
Step Two: Make everything fight its way back in.
There will be no rules. This is not your Type A organizer’s wardrobe reset. I got this idea from fashion YouTuber Audrey Coyne: Pretend you’ve got nothing. Pretend your whole wardrobe was lost in a fire and now you have to start from scratch. Grab pen and paper and make a list of your non-negotiable wardrobe needs for the season. No specific targets here in terms of colors or patterns or function—the only guideline is that everything on your list is a must-have.
For me, the important pieces are jeans, black dress pants, white t-shirts and tanks, a plain dress, a party skirt, a cocktail top, a leather jacket, handknits, a scarf that could double as a beach blanket, tennis shoes, and ankle boots. (Yes, I know the word for this style: I’m basic.)
Step Three: With checklist in hand, go pull what you need from that textile pile on the bed. Arrange your choices in your closet and … regard the simplicity! KonMari would be proud.
The final task is to round up everything else and put it all, still undifferentiated—unless you’re extraordinarily energized now—where it can rest comfortably until it’s time for another seasonal reset. Maybe your kid’s closet? And we’re done! Unless you need to go shopping. (It happens.)
Possibly some will not vibe with this approach. That is OK! There are many valid approaches to dressing, and infinite ways to celebrate the change of seasons. This approach is a way to have fun, if this sort of thing is actually fun to you.
You could always try this as a thought experiment! Either way, I very much want to know, “What are your equinoctial items?” Comment below.