There isn’t much that’s bad about having a big closet. I do, as does Mrs. RCS, but the problem is that with so much real estate, there’s room to ‘fill’.
On the subject of jeans, it’s definitely possible to have too many (see below), but it’s also inconvenient to have just one or two pairs. I’m not one of those guys who can wear the same pair of jeans for a year or so without washing. I have friends. I’m social. I live in the South, where 95 degree humid days don’t play well with denim. There should be a variety, which I’m currently missing. I like a couple pairs of dark, selvedge ‘dress’ jeans, a couple pairs of 501s that go with loafers, and a longer pair for boots, then maybe a couple pairs of fillers. Not too many, not too few…just right.
I usually do a purge a year, and I recently went through my jeans. I was surprised at how the stockpile had, well, started to pile up:
Most of these jeans are essentially new. As in ‘never worn’ new. I have a few that are in the rotation, but need to reassess. Most of these jeans I find on sale or use some sort of store credit, and when they come, they get added to the stack. That stack that has the ‘yeah, I’ll get to it’ mental sign. At this point, the stack is too big. Time to get to work.
I’d also like to focus on some processes that prevent, or at least minimize, bleeding denim. I get it, but it’s annoying. It’s what I call a ‘magazine look’. The dark denim looks great in a magazine, but it doesn’t translate to real life. That indigo bleeds onto everything. There are a couple processes I’m going to use to get the desired results.
I’ll also be using the TBTYH Levi’s STF process. I’ve done this a couple times, and feel comfortable with this. Here are the details on a pair I did a while back:
I’ll keep you in the loop as to how it goes. The reality is that I look at most of these as a sunk cost. If I screw them up, no big deal, since they have been sitting in a stack for so long. Any other secrets I should know about? Let’s hear it…