Its November and I am in the last month of my 2nd capsule wardrobe. But before we can talk about the 2nd go I want to share a recap. In September I completed my first capsule wardrobe challenge. This year I’ve really enjoyed taking on these monthly challenges. It’s an organized way to try something new, and usually it’s really fun too.
So what’s the benefit of a capsule wardrobe? How many items do you get? Is it going to benefit you financially? and most importantly what did you wear these past 3 months?
1st capsule outfits, Summer 2015
I’m so glad you asked. Well start with the easy one. Below you’ll find a collage of my outfits. At work I wear a uniform (self imposed) which falls outside of my main pieces. This mean that I had a more unique situation going on where I wasn’t really relying on my capsule for 7 days a week. So I really only needed to rely on my capsule during the weekends.
My first capsule was for summer and it ran from June until the end of August. We spent lots of time, off at the beach on the weekends but also attended a wedding. I needed very casual clothes but some other items I could dress up for a wedding.
- 38 items for my main capsule.
- 63 items total including work clothes and lounge ware.
- $0 spent on 1st capsule
- Purged over 24 items at the start.
Trying out a capsule wardrobe was a fun experiment, but I also learned a few valuable lessons.
Money money money
I know I had moments in my past where I had a closet full of clothes but still felt like I had nothing to wear. ( I even posted a comment to that affect on facebook and had many female friends echo the same feeling).
Its that feeling that probably pushes you out the door in search of a new outfit. Even when you feel like ” I know I own something that is great” The difficulty of finding it in the plethora of items in your closet still pushes you out the door with money or credit card in hand.
In the beginning of this challenge you do lots of work sorting through your items. But its worth it because you take time to clear out all the crud and leave only things that fit or that you like. You purge the bad, keep the good and hide the maybes. Clearing up your closet. The clothes you leave out for the season fit you so you shouldn’t ever be shopping because you feel like you need to. Feelings of chaos and dread, that you have nothing to wear will be replaced by creativity and exploration.
If you do find a hole in your wardrobe you can write the item down and use your competitive spirit to accept the challenge in its fullest. See if you can stick to the rule that says no shopping for the entire capsule wardrobe season. Save any purchases until the end of the challenge. In that way you save money.
You save money when you know what you have. You save money when what you have fits you and makes you feel good. But most importantly you save money when you can retrieve and don those items without having to go hunting.
Something I found myself doing through out this experience multiple times was growing.
No, no .no …. not physically but creatively.
As I would get dressed I would look at my clothes and new ideas about how to wear an item with another would constantly be popping into my head.
Clothes might seem like a trivial thing to look at, but if you get down to the root of what was really happening it would look like this.
I was breaking down rules, and thinking outside the boxes I had created, where I would assume this only goes with that.
It was fun saying hey I can make this dress a skirt by paring it with this top. Or any other such thoughts and ideas. The point is my mind was working and popping out ideas. An improvement to the previous routine of trying to subdue frustrations.
Get more comfortable in your skin
When you capsule you are by design limited in choices, you have to work with what you have.
When you capsule you keep what you really like so its a big confidence boost to put any item on and have all of them fit you well and make you feel good. There isn’t a single item in there that makes you feel uncomfortable in your skin. That’s a great thing! to feel comfortable in your skin.
This challenge really pushed me to get comfortable not just with my skin but with my beliefs too.
You see I hate shaving my legs. Its the most annoying thing we are taught to do as women….why? Because its never ending and it serves no purpose… I mean think about it. If you want to be silky smooth all the time, it just never stops. But I have out grown the ritual & commitment it requires. This meant that I use to confine myself to wearing long dresses or pants. Or some how I would muster up the motivation to either wax or shave.
But that motivation has dwindled and dwindled. It’s hard to waste time doing something you don’t believe in.
So I decided I needed to at least try to remove this barrier. The one that limited my choices just because of how I looked.
I wore my shorts first, with a tiny bit of apprehension. “These are actual boy shorts” I thought to myself “and I am kind of a Tomboy. So in a way leg hair makes sense.” It was a safety blanket I felt I could use to explain away any quizzical looks or questions.
The real test came when it was time to wear a shorter skirt or dress… Dresses are the epitome of femininity. Leg hair, mmm, not so much… But slowly I challenge myself to wear it if I wanted. But I told myself I could always just wear nylons if I really felt uncomfortable and wanted to hide it.
But with sweltering heat here in California nylons didn’t make sense. Long story short I pushed through.
I got more comfortable in my skin and didn’t limit what I wore due to my bodies current state. And you know what?
The more I did it the more it felt fine, the more it felt normal. I wondered why I cared or was so worried to begin with.
I was worried about what people would say. I was worried about what people would think. But no one said anything. In the end I realized I really didn’t care what anyone though specially if they kept it to themselves. I realized in my core I don’t believe or approve of this message we give females. Women or young girls, and that while some might be judging me, I was also hopefully inadvertently giving others courage.
This is me. And I’m ok with that.
Capsule wardrobe for a healthy body image. Now that’s meaningful change.
Will everyone feel better in their skin after a capsule? I hope so.
Finally here are my individual items. I was super nervous about my choices at first but I think it turned out. 🙂
The capsule challenge really surprised me. I learned a lot. I pushed through lots of barriers that I had myself put up. My world doesn’t revolve around fashion but I’m glad I took the challenge to simplify my wardrobe.
Have you taken a capsule wardrobe challenge? What did you learn from it?
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