Wow, it has been a minute since I’ve written on here – I’m such a slacker! I’ll try to be better.
I figured in the interest of completeness I should wrap up my winter capsule wardrobe with some pros and cons. I wish I had some cute outfit pictures to post, but all of mine are bathroom selfies on my iPhone, and that ain’t cute. So instead, here’s a list:
- Pro: My pared down wardrobe definitely made picking out what to wear easier, but…
- Con: I grabbed the same pieces all the time, and…
- Con: I felt like I chose pieces instead of outfits. As in, there weren’t many ways to mix and match my clothes into different outfits because so much of it was just pants and sweaters. But…
- Pro: This led me to realize that my winter style is more sweater and jeans than elaborate outfits (especially with the mild weather where I live).
- Pro: I LOVED the no-shopping rule. It taught me to wear what I had in different ways and to be content with my (still full) closet instead of feeling like I needed more. Plus it saves money! (This pro counts for, like, 3 pros!)
- Pro: I got rid of a lot of clothes, and donated them all to Goodwill. This de-cluttered, and helped me save some money off my taxes!
- Pro: At the end I could pinpoint what I didn’t wear at all, which again helps me pare down my wardrobe as well as identify my style.
- Con: I did lose a bit of variety in what I wore, but I actually didn’t mind it as much as I thought I would.
Overall, I really enjoyed my capsule wardrobe. I think the pros far outweighed the cons, and it taught me about my style. I’ve concluded that I’m far more likely to just grab an easily wearable top and jeans than to fuss with layers. I think much of this is due to my low-maintenance nature, in that I don’t want to spend 15 minutes picking out what I’m going to wear. The capsule wardrobe helped with this because it was far easier to see what I had to work with and remember what I wore in the past few weeks.
Here’s the really interesting part: when it came time to plan out my spring capsule wardrobe, I wasn’t feeling it at all. While I was looking forward to pulling out my spring clothes and even, to some extent, the purging process, I found that the decisions weren’t nearly as clear-cut as they were in the winter. I think the main problem is that I just don’t have as many spring clothes that I love. So I ended up with a very small love-it pile, and a HUGE maybe pile. What’s a girl to do???
Unfortunately indecision won out, and I ended up putting a lot more in my closet than a typical capsule wardrobe would warrant. I did that two weeks ago, and I’ve been living fine with it so far. But I think that in another week or so, I’ll be able to pull some more things out to donate, and pinpoint what I really wear most often. I’m also making a concerted effort to wear more skirts and dresses to work, as I have a ton of them that I don’t make good use of.
I think one other challenge is that where I live, there’s only a few weeks of spring weather, and then we go straight into summer. So, instead of picking out clothes for 3 months, I find myself facing putting 6 months of clothing into my closet, which seems much more daunting. What I ended up doing was picking only my favorite sleeveless and short-sleeved shirts, and I figured I could add to them in a few months if needed (or purge the ones I don’t find myself grabbing regularly).
Okay, so there’s my wardrobe musings of late! I should have a few more posts coming up, as I’ve signed up for another Stitch Fix coming soon, and I may have some new love-it makeup products that I’ve tried recently. Time will tell!
Thanks for reading, and let me know if you’ve tried the capsule wardrobe and if you’ve had any realizations or tips for switching between seasons.