Sometimes the key to success is admitting when you’ve failed. Or something like that??
Anyway, I’ve been slacking on my capsule wardrobe and last week I decided to finally hang my hat/throw in the towel/insert your favorite “gave up” cliche here. I still love the general idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I think for it to really work it takes several key things which I did not do/could not do.
- You really have to love all the pieces in your capsule. Like, really love. Like you would wear every day love. Since I didn’t want to spend a fortune doing this (after all, one of the goals is to save money), I included some items I already owned in my capsule that I ended up never really wanting to wear. When you only have 37-40 items to choose from in the first place, this makes it even harder to put an outfit together.
- All of the capsule wardrobe blog posts I read talked about the need to either give away or put away the clothes that are not in your capsule. I did not do this. I left them in a separate part of my closet which made it that much easier to reach for them.
I did really well with my capsule for about the first month. Then I had to go to an out-of-town business conference in chilly Chicago and needed some dress pants to wear, which I did not own considering my office’s casual dress code and my hatred of dress pants. After I bought a pair, swearing it would be the only item I would purchase during my capsule, I went and failed to pack a shirt for the second day of my trip. So I had to go shopping there [darn… ;)]. Later, I got invited to a LuLaRoe party and well…the rest is history.
Anyway, it was fun while it lasted and I definitely gained an appreciation for slimming your closet down and being more thoughtful in wardrobe purchases. I hope to continue doing both those things, but am not going to adhere to a strict capsule. Having a capsule wardrobe was supposed to make getting dressed easier and help me love/feel great in every outfit I wore. When I realized it wasn’t accomplishing those things, I knew it was time to give it up.
But you have to admit, I’m an expert at taking outfit photos…