My Wardrobe “Unwish” List: Clothes, Shoes & Accessories I Don’t Need

As helpful as it is to know what type of clothing works for me, I find it equally beneficial to know what doesn’t.

The “unwish” list is something I learned about in Tara Button’s book A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life. It’s a simple reminder of what you don’t need even if you have all the money in the world.

I’m sharing my wardrobe “unwish” list. Even though it’s personal and subjective, it might help inspire your own list should you want to make one.

Clothes I Don’t Need

I do not need revealing clothing — I just don’t feel comfortable wearing plunging necklines and miniskirts.

I do not need uncomfortable clothing — itchy fabrics, supertight bodycon dresses, claustrophobic turtlenecks, etc.

I do not need anything with logos — read about why I don’t wear logos here.

I do not need more silk or dry-clean only clothing — If they’re high maintenance fabrics, I won’t wear them as much.

I do not need more form-fitting tops or dresses with no stretch or give — I’ve been growing back muscles from my workouts, so I’ve been outgrowing some beloved clothes and might continue to do so.

I do not need clothes with cutesy prints — I tend to look juvenile in adorable prints. Trying to look like a sophisticated woman here (ha).

I do not need track pants.

I do not need harem pants.

I do not need cargo pants.

I do not need capris.

I do not need short shorts.

I do not need dress pants — Unless they’re super high waisted.

I do not need clothes in the colours black, brown, mustard yellow — unless, of course, something really speaks to me.

I do not need more denim jumpsuits.

I do not need more wide-leg sailor pants.

I do not need more mom jeans.

I do not need more ripped jeans.

I do not need more stripe shirts — unless they’re mult-coloured.

I do not need more rain jackets or coats.

I do not need more than one super warm winter jacket.

I do not need more houndstooth blazers — Two is enough…or is it?

I do not need more hoodies — Something else that makes me look too young.

I do not need more cardigans — My mom already knits me plenty.

Shoes I Don’t Need

I do not need more high heels over 2 inches — They’re uncomfortable to walk in, and my black strappy heels and beige suede heels will work for any outfit when the occasion calls for dressy shoes.

I do not need ballet flats — Most tend to make my small feet look absolutely tiny.

I do not need Converse sneakers — Not comfortable on me.

I do not need Dr. Martens boots — Looks cool on my sister but not my style.

I do not need more suede shoes — Chic but challenging to maintain.

I do not need any sort of boots or heels with stiletto heels.

I do not need more sneakers.

I do not need more than one pair of rain boots.

I do not need more than one pair of winter boots.

I do not need more than one pair of flip flops.

I do not need high-heeled over-the-knee boots.

I do not need slide sandals.

I do not need Birkenstocks.

I do not need Uggs.

I do not need Crocs.

Accessories I Don’t Need

I do not need mid-sized purses — My bags need to be either big with an open top that I can throw everything in or small to carry the essentials.

I do not need more umbrellas — One regular and one travel size umbrella is enough for me.

I do not need more hats — I rarely wear them.

I do not need headbands.

I do not need chunky jewelry.

I do not need chokers.

I do not need more stud earrings.

I do not need more tote bags.

I do not need more small crossbody bags.

I do not need this season’s “It” bag.

I do not need more hair pins or hair accessories.

I do not need a watch — except maybe a strappy Cartier Tank watch that cost 10 Gs.

I do not need a smart watch or any smart accessories such as the Fitbit.

I do not need more belts.

I do not need more winter hats.

I do not need more wool scarves.

I do not need more wallets.

I do not need more luggage or travel bags.

Do you want me to make an “unwish” list for the home? Let me know in the comments.

 

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