In the past, when I’ve been stressed or frustrated with something in my life, I’ve cleaned house. I’ve been known to clear off my work desk to its bare bones and fill up several donation boxes in between arms-crossed pacing. It’s a method that has not only kept me in check regarding material possessions but truly worked to distract me from whatever was on my mind. One thing bothered me was that even though I was cleaning house, I wasn’t spending less throughout the year and I kept filling up the spaces I’d cleaned. All that cleaning served an unfortunately temporary purpose.
A couple years ago, when I discovered the concept of the capsule wardrobe, it seemed like a no-brainer. I started looking at my closet with (hopefully) more intentional eyes. I discovered a growing industry of clothing companies making clothes responsibly. and some sustainably, and beyond that, clothes that didn’t smell like the inside of Whole Body. That said, completely changing my closet wasn’t something I could do overnight. Fellow ballers on a budget know that getting that $100 pair of jeans with all of these great attributes is a hard bridge to cross when you feel like you can put just as many miles into a less expensive pair from a fast fashion store.
All of that to say, I’m a newb. And this is my first seasonal capsule. I’m not sure if I’ll do it next season, or that I’ll stick to the 33 number – nothing. And, after much research and (internal) debate, I finally settled on the idea of my first seasonal capsule being sourced from my current closet. There’s no better way to see how often you wear certain pieces, how well those pieces work with the rest of your wardrobe, what you’re lacking and what you need to stop buying. All of those are points I hope to address with this abbreviated wardrobe experiment.
Taking advice from capsule blog Stylebee, I’m setting the same objectives:
- Spend less time, effort and money on clothes.
- Define my personal style.
- Feel good about every addition to my wardrobe.
- Live better with less.
- Save money and spend more time enjoying the moments that matter.