/ 18 June 2015 / 6 Comments
SUMMER CAPSULE WARDROBE UPDATE
Hello, friends! Today, I'm sharing with you why I've decided not to do a full capsule wardrobe this summer. Wait, what? Yes, that's right. But first I have to say that this was not entirely my decision - I wrote recently about my current struggles, mentioning that I didn't have the budget to put together the summer capsule wardrobe I actually wanted. So instead of forcing it and building a wardrobe out of "meh" and "not-sure" and "okay, fine" pieces pulled out from storage and generally the corners of my house, I've decided to take the pressure off and make a few changes to my process. So that it reflects me, where I am, right now. What I'm doing is:
a) I'm not giving myself a set wardrobe number. I'll be wearing clothes from storage and some things from the spring capsule. It's still a limited number, I'm not going to be wearing a hundred items at a time, but it gives me leeway and won't make me feel guilty if I wear something only once. I actually suspect that I'll end up wearing less than 36 pieces, we'll see. So it might still be a kinda sorta capsule wardrobe, but it's not THE summer capsule. But don't worry! I'll keep posting my summer outfits :)
b) I'm lifting the shopping ban. Not because I want to go crazy in the sales, but because I need to shop when I can. That means shopping when I have the budget or thrifting an item here or there, or even buying a couple new things midway through July. I am still going to think about every purchase and apply the same principles as if I was building a capsule.
c) And lastly, this actually gives me the opportunity to do a fun exercise. I'm going to be doing a mini-capsule, a 10 x 10 challenge! Yay! Ten pieces mixed into ten summer outfits. I'm excited! (If you can't already tell.)
I was inspired by Lee of the beautiful Style Bee blog who did it this spring (her style is amazing). I really think it will be fun and of course I'll be sharing everything about it on the blog - like a little project while I collect my summer wardrobe.
I've picked the clothes I'm going to be mixing last week - and you can look forward to some new-to-you pieces! I can't wait. I'll start posting outfits very soon. And if any of you ladies reading are considering building a capsule wardrobe but aren't sure, the 10 x 10 challenge would be a great fit for you - to get a taste of what a capsule wardrobe might feel like. But more on that in future posts.
Truth be told, I actually feel very comfortable about easing up on the capsule rules. I never intended to keep capsuling till the end of my days and this experience will be great in showing me what's next on my minimal fashion journey. And just yesterday I read a post by the lovely Andrea of Seasons & Salt and she mentioned something I couldn't agree more with. She said:
"I am starting to loosen up a bit on my capsule 'rules' because I feel I've met the goals I set when I started out on my 'capsuling' journey."When I decided to start out, my goals were to cut my spending, be more mindful and I really really wanted to finally find my personal style. I can definitely put a tick next to the first two, while the last goal is still in progress, like I talked about in this post. What I discovered, though, was that finding my own style is a long journey and not something I can determine after just a few seasons. It's ever changing, and doing capsule wardrobes has definitely given me a set of "guidelines" and made the whole thing a little clearer. So yeah, I think I'm almost ready to move on.
*So, dear friends, what do you think about this? I love reading your observations, ideas or advice. Do you think capsule wardrobes are a sustainable way of keeping a minimal wardrobe? Would you consider a 10 x 10 challenge? I do hope you'll keep following me on this journey of minimal fashion, even if my "summer capsule" is a little different than expected. I appreciate every single click and reading your thoughts always makes my day, so thank you! And I'll stop being sentimental now :)
Have a lovely rest of the week and I'll be back very soon with my ten picks for the 10 x 10!