A good wardrobe is made up of versatile pieces you can (and do) wear in almost any situation, whether you are working at the office, running errands, or just hanging out with friends. Right? Wrong!
According to a new study, written up by Eureka Alert and appearing in the Journal of Market Research, the larger the variety of situations in which you use a product, the less you will end up liking it.
In other words, if you buy a skirt thinking it will be great for dates, and then start wearing it to the office and out walking the dog, you will actually end up liking it less than if you reserved it exclusively for going out. What's more, you will actually feel like you are getting less use out of the skirt, even if by wearing it in a variety of situations, you actually end up wearing it way more often.
It sounds a little weird, but if you really think about it, you probably have pieces like this in your wardrobe already. Maybe it's a sports bra you always wear to yoga that you should probably replace because it's not as stretchy as it once was, but you hold onto it because you still really like it. Or maybe it's a little wrap dress that has been with you since you left college and is still your favorite, even though you have literally dozens of other dresses in your wardrobe at this point. You've probably convinced yourself that these are super-special pieces, when in reality, at least according to this study, the only thing truly special about them is how they are used.
So what are you supposed to do? Have a different wardrobe for every event and scenario in your life—gym, work, date, chores, travel, etc.? It sounds like a hell of a lot of clothes, right? Who has the money for that? But maybe you don't have to start over from scratch. Maybe you can start to feel differently about the clothes you already own simply by dividing your wardrobe up based on the different things you do and then resisting the urge to borrow pieces from your weekend lounge wardrobe for casual Friday at the office.
Hey, it's worth a shot!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been by the Cosmo.ph editors.