I have a love/hate relationship with capsule wardrobes.
In case you don’t know about the ever-popular capsule wardrobe, the concept is that you limit your wardrobe to a set number of pieces (usually under 40 or so, including shoes) and change it out seasonally. You don’t shop except for when you’re building your next seasonal wardrobe and need to fill some gaps; you end up with a closet full of only clothes you love and you don’t even miss the excess.
I started my first capsule with a fall wardrobe back in mid-August and just reached the end of my 3 months with it. I have so many positive things to say about the experience, and I am so incredibly glad I did it, but I don’t know if I’ll be doing it again for the winter. Part of my problem has to do with the climate where I live (Texas is indecisive, y’all), and part of it is just the concept of enforcing “rules” on myself when it comes to my clothes.
But, before I dive into talking about why I’m questioning a second go-round, let me tell you what was awesome about my capsule wardrobe: I didn’t miss my closet full of clothes. Not even once, not for a single second. Before I started this little project, I was a clothes hoarder. I never got rid of anything, I loved shopping for clothes, and I could not have enough. I would go through my closet a couple of times a year and donate a bunch of stuff, but it was still always stuffed to the brim. And in reality? I only wore about a quarter of it on a regular basis. Sometimes I would feel guilty and wear one of the less-loved pieces, but I always felt uncomfortable and not like myself because it wasn’t really something I loved. So, I decided to try out a low-commitment capsule for a season – I packed up a bunch of clothes, and whittled my wardrobe down to 47 pieces. It was shockingly easier than I thought it would be, and a few weeks in I ended up donating a whole bunch of stuff that I knew I didn’t need anymore.
Throughout the course of the three months I had my fall wardrobe, I can genuinely say I didn’t ever wish for any more than what I had in my closet. I didn’t think that was possible, but apparently it is. Ever since I cleared my closet, getting dressed in the morning is a breeze and I actually feel good in what I’m wearing every day. On top of that, I finally have a better sense of what I need and can make more thoughtful purchases based on what is missing in my closet and not just whatever strikes my fancy when I’m at the store.