Remember when I shared that my 2015 resolutions were to challenge myself and to simplify? Well, boy, have I fulfilled those goals already (and it’s only June…score!).
I determined back in January that a capsule wardrobe would be the perfect marriage of both resolutions. And I was correct!
So correct, in fact, that I’ve pared down my wardrobe so much that creating a summer capsule wardrobe seems unnecessary.
- Honing my personal style even more
- Eliminating items that don’t fit into that style
I don’t view this as a failure. Quite the opposite! Making a winter and spring capsule wardrobe led to some major epiphanies.
Here’s what I learned and why I’m not continuing with capsule wardrobes any longer:
We all know the struggle. We’ve all had a closet full of clothes with “nothing to wear.” That was how I was feeling back in January and that’s why I turned to trying a capsule wardrobe.
Even with the minimal pieces I picked for the past six months, I STILL gravitated toward the same 10 or so pieces. That’s a problem. Looking back on my spring capsule, I probably wore about half of the items, with about 15 items in heavy rotation.
Therefore, I donated/sold the items I truly don’t love for one reason or another, and left the rest.
Piggybacking on the lesson above, if an article of clothing or an accessory isn’t versatile, then what the heck is the point? Who wants a closet brimming with dresses that can only be worn with a certain pair of shoes, a necklace that only looks good with that one blouse, etc.? Not me.
I used to own so. much. clothing. that I loved…except. That little “except” is the enemy, and now, I don’t accept anything that comes along with an “except.”
This is the internal dialogue I used to have during countless shopping trips:
“I love this dress, except it’s just a little bit too short and low cut. So I can only wear it with tights. In the winter. Which means I can only wear it with these boots. And I’ll have to buy a cami that matches. But it’s such a good price, I must have it!”
So not ok. There’s a reason I was only wearing about 20% of my wardrobe, and that’s because I unabashedly love those items, point blank. They fit in with what I already own and are truly versatile. When I tried them on, when I wear them today and when I look at them in my closet, I just think YES!
Get rid of the “except” items; make room for the YES! items.
This was one of my major revelations from two capsule wardrobes! A smaller, simplified wardrobe has infinite possibilities, as long as you are creative!
Pinterest is the best for finding inspiration, and I never get sick of perusing fellow bloggers’ style! If you’re questioning whether or not to keep a clothing item, try searching “item outfit” (example: chambray shirt outfit) and you’ll probably be astounded at the results! The key is to find ways to create new outfits using what you already own, and not go out and buy items just to complete a Pinterest outfit.
I hope that sharing what I learned and my reasons for not keeping up a capsule wardrobe help you in some way. Thanks for reading!