I’ve learned so much over the past few years creating capsule wardrobes. I’ve downsized my wardrobe immensely, and I’ve discovered my own personal style. I’ve learned how to determine what works best for my body type, environment, and lifestyle. I’ve become a more conscious consumer versus allowing sales to drive my every purchase. At the same time, I’ve come across a few snags. Today I decided to free myself of all of them.
My very first capsule wardrobe was created for the spring/summer season of 2013. So this year is my three year capsule anniversary. While the capsule wardrobe can be liberating as you learn the freedom of less items in a curated closet, at times it hasn’t felt like an authentic process.
Rushed Purchases Waste Money
All of the benefits of a capsule wardrobe are fabulous! I’ve definitely benefited from each one myself. But here is my current dilemna. Why must a capsule wardrobe be complete before the season begins? This rush to create a complete wardrobe at the beginning of the season has led me to making purchases on pieces that I may not have bought if I wasn’t trying to get to the finish line. What about having enough items for part of the season and filling in the rest along the way? If I’m wearing my favorite dress way too many times at least it is my favorite!
No Space To Change Your Mind
That’s when it occured to me that the only reason I have tried to complete my wardrobe before the season is because this method is often shared online. I no longer shop for sport, and I’ve completely graduated from my days of being a shopaholic. I now realize that my rush to prepare for the season hasn’t allowed me space to change my mind or create something new throughout the season.
The Many Methods of Capsule Wardrobes
I’ve seen capsule wardrobes approached in many different ways and they all offer different benefits from 10 items up to 50+. These are all wonderful ways to become your own tidy specialist and stylist in one. I feel they are great outlines to finding what works best for you. I started creating a capsule wardrobe around 15 core items for the season. I later decided to just have one curated minimalist wardrobe for the year.
My New Process To Liberate Myself
To take away some of the constraints of having a complete perfect wardrobe at any given time, I’ve decided to keep what I love that is working, and let go of the rest with these 5 simple steps.
1. Curate my wardrobe whenever I feel it needs it.
2. Leave my wardrobe “incomplete” as long as I can to avoid rushed purchases.
3. Enjoy the process of filling in the gaps.
4. Do all of the above whenever I desire.
5. Continue maintaining a tiny wardrobe because I LOVE having one.
I’m actually hoping that by taking off the “complete” capsule wardrobe restraints, I will in turn make even better decisions with my purchases. Minimalism has become my lifestyle so I know that I no longer need certain previous methods to maintain it. I also know that every once in awhile I like changing things up.
I think that sharing capsule wardrobes online is to inspire each other. I’m also aware of how empowering it can be to make your own rules in life and change them as often as needed. When rules serve your present lifestyle, stick with them. When they aren’t working as you had hoped and begin to feel confining, change them. This is why I’m quitting capsule wardrobes. Having a minimalist wardrobe though is definitely a given. You can see what’s in my closet plus my previous capsule wardrobes here!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)