So, you may remember from a few of my past posts that I mentioned that I wanted to try capsule wardrobes this year; notably this one where I consider it, and this one where I said I committed to it. Well, I am here today with an update about my choices, and my reflections on wearing my first capsule for the past month! Short version: so far I am loving it!
Long version: Because I gave myself permission to have a 33 item capsule for my casual wardrobe, and a separate 33 item capsule for my work wardrobe I haven’t had any moments where I felt like an item was missing from my capsule. I should say that my work one still a work in progress and only has about 28 items so far, so I am not posting the items in it yet. I imagine it will be become more of a 6 month capsule and not 3 months like my casual one though, but stay tuned for that one.
Option fatigue was something that I was really struggling with in 2015 until I found a way to address it by trying this capsule wardrobe method. Once I had the right tools to myself permission to put more value to my time spent not shopping or deciding what to wear than all the time I spent on those pursuits in 2015, I felt very freed. Something about having this new personal “tool” of giving myself permission for certain things has been one of best discoveries of 2015 in general actually, and I have applied to a few other things that I won’t go into today but may discuss in more detail in a future post.
I also think that in the long-term this will help me be more mindful about who and what I spend my wardrobe money on, which is something that I have made a priority recently. But, we shall see about that one. 2014, and 2015 were both years where I somehow managed to spend way too much on my wardrobe, like many thousands of dollars too much. However, it never put me into debt until about September/October of 2015 because before this shopping lifestyle that was actually attainable in my budget because I lived at home where I paid a limited rent to my parents. But was no longer the case when I decided to permanently move out in March of 2015. Due to not adjusting my shopping lifestyle to fit my new condensed budget that included an expensive apartment that I love and find great personal value in, and a priority for travel, I managed to build up a decent credit card balance because I tried to have these two new values without removing that previously held high spending shopping habit. This was a struggle for me for many months because when I realised what I had done it felt so unreal. For some reason up until then, running up a credit card bill was an issue that felt like something that only happened to “other people” and would never happen to me. I’m sure there are plenty of psychological/upbringing reasons that could be presented to say why I felt this way, but even with an explanation behind it, it was still a glass shattering moment for me, and the struggle of it shouldn’t be dismissed.
Anyway, this is my long way of saying that despite those struggles I am finding a lot of positivity with the capsule wardrobe system. I have managed to not buy anything new since mid december. That’s 7 whole weeks people! Which is a big achievement for me as a recovering $250+ per month wardrobe shopper! And that last shopping trip were all items that are now in the below list and I have worn them all a ton, so I don’t have any guilt about it. This “no shopping guilt” thing is also kind of a notable thing for me because I spent much of 2015 with various degrees of guilt and shame that was strongly tied to money and spending. It is this relief of guilt that makes me think that this experiment could have a lasting effect on my future wardrobe construction and shopping choices.
But, I know, Sparkle… you want to know what 33 items made the cut for what I am wearing until March 31st! Due to time value priorities I am not photographing every piece in my capsule, but I may do that with future capsules if I am able to. So, instead I am providing my items as a list with links were possible because I think it can still offer much value.
- White V Neck Tee from J Crew
- Maroon V Neck Tee from J Crew (Past season color)
- Black V Neck Tee from J Crew
- Reptilica T Shirt from Black Market Art Company (No longer available, but love this edgy Mona Lisa tee they currently have)
- Red and Black Buffalo Check Shirt by Portland Dry Goods
- Black and White Herringbone Plaid Shirt by Banana Republic (Past season style)
- Cable Knit Black Turtleneck Sweater from Land Rover X Barbour Collection (Past season but found the camel color online)
- Thick Striped Mohair Sweater from & Other Stories (Past season style)
- Black Shirtdress from Lou & Grey (Past season but found a very similar version in a different color)
- Alley Straight Jeans from Madewell
- Maroon Skinny Jeans from Rag & Bone (Past season, but you can see me wearing my pair in this post)
- Olive Skinny Jeans from Gap (Past season, here is this seasons version in a similar color)
- “Kent” High Top Sneaker from Rag & Bone
- Black Over the Knee Faux-Suede Boots from DSW (Similar to this Stuart Weitzman pair)
- Grey Cashmere V-Neck Packet Sweater from J Crew
- Grey Cable Knit Zip Sweater from Boston Proper (Past season style)
- “Waverly” Charcoal Chambray Button Down from Tradlands
- Maroon Cable Knit Sweater from Gap Factory (Past season style)
- Flannel Lined Grey Cargo Pants from LL Bean (Past season style)
- “Mimi” Reversible Rabbit Fur Vest in Black from BCBGMaxAzria
- Charcoal Track Jacket from LuluLemon (Past season style, but this one is very similar)
- Grey Herringbone Vest from J Crew Factory
- Black Booties from Cole Haan (Past season style)
- Olive and Black Letter Knit Cardigan Sweater from Madewell (Past season style)
- “Talia” V Neck Sweater from Rag & Bone
- Gold Skinny Jeans from 7 For All Mankind
- Grey Cardigan from White House Black Market (Past season style)
- Sleeveless Button Down from Madewell (Past season style) via Plato’s Closet
- Rainbow Plaid from Lauren by Ralph Lauren (Past season style) via Uptown Cheapskate‘s men’s section
- Baltimore Neighborhood Graphic Tee from Red Prairie Press
- Mint and Grey Striped Cotton Sweater from Gap Factory (Past season style)
- Grey and Black Long Sleeve Colorblock Tee from Apt 9 (Past season style)
- Black Beauty Paisley The Ankle Skinny Zip Jeans by Current/Elliot (Past season style but found it on Ebay)
Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? What are your 5 favorite items in your wardrobe that would always make the cut if you did ever curate a capsule wardrobe for yourself?