Nordstrom jacket, old (similar); Old Navy tee; ℅ Levis’ shorts (just bought THESE from Madewell!); Target boots; thrifted sweater (similar); American Eagle turquoise necklace and ring.
I’ve been quietly fascinated by the idea of a capsule wardrobe for quite some time now. I follow Caroline and her minimalistic style journey avidly, and find the concept really enthralling (yet scary?!) I’ve toyed around with the idea of doing one myself a couple of times as well, but have never been able to really say it out loud and do it. I think we all know I am not a minimalist dresser, nor do I want to be. I feel stifled by the idea of only wearing a certain number of pieces from my closet (though let’s be honest, I kind of DO only wear the same things for the most part), and don’t want to curb my creativity when getting dressed.
So if I don’t like the very idea of the capsule wardrobe and what it stands for, why am I still intrigued?
This past couple of weeks (after doing some major shopping damage, oops!), I finally figured out the crux of what really intrigues me: it’s the idea of not shopping as much (or impulsively), for the length of a capsule wardrobe season that I like. I want to be able to take the time to research and find what types of clothing I really like (without shopping), while enjoying what I already have. Curbing shopping to a smaller period of time and being more smart about what I buy.
You see, I like to shop. A lot. I’m never out of control, and I don’t shop with money we don’t have, yet I buy things often that makes me incredibly happy in the shorter run. BUT, once that feeling wears off I find I want to buy more. I get obsessed with an idea or trend, or see something and can’t rest until I have it. I’ve learned that if I let this feeling pass (it only takes a couple of days), that I feel better or may even not want the item anymore. Except I don’t always wait. I often find that if I just buy this one thing, my wardrobe will be complete and I will be happy. Yet how many of those one more things are in my closet as we speak, and I am STILL not fully satisfied?
What I’ve discovered is that I really just like the capsule wardrobe concept of ‘no shopping for a period of time.’ I feel like I can take the time to research what I want for the seasons ahead (while wearing the clothes I already own), and shop for a small period of time at the end of each capsule season, rather than impulsively shopping on a continuous basis. I’m hopeful that this could break the cycle I have of buying things on EMOTION and WANT rather than NEED and LOVE. I want to enjoy what I already own and use the things I have in abundance. The Spring capsule season is April, May and June, so I plan to not shop during that time. (Trust me, this SCARES me!) I know I have ENOUGH. I don’t need more. Seriously!
I’m going to enjoy what I own RIGHT NOW until the end of June. And then I’ll reevaluate and see if that feels good for me. I’m hoping to feel lighter and more free. Less hungry for MORE and more thankful for LESS.
Tell me, what are your thoughts on a capsule wardrobe and living with less?