A large part of the reason I started this blog was to talk about minimalism, capsule wardrobes, and a little bit of lifestyle and DIY. Discovering minimalism and capsule wardrobes has opened my mind and my creativity SO MUCH over the past year, and I wanted to share that transformation with people.
When I do my research on capsule wardrobes, I’m invariably met with many posts and videos about why people chose not to continue their capsule wardrobe. I don’t plan on having a capsule wardrobe forever, but it’s disheartening to read some of these posts and watch videos where people are perpetuating the strict rules and standards they have for themselves regarding capsule wardrobes as the rule.
I don’t thrive in an environment where strict rules are forced upon me, nor do I impose them on myself, so I wanted to put this post out there as a way of saying whatever capsule wardrobe works for you, do it! In this post I listed several pitfalls many people (myself included) fall into while planning and participating in capsule wardrobes, and included ways to avoid these mistakes.
Creating and maintaining your capsule wardrobe should be a challenging, fun, and rewarding process that adds value to your life, no matter how big, small, or diverse your capsule may be.
Now, on to the fun illustration!
ONLY WEAR GREY, WHITE, AND BLACK
Who needs color?
There are a lot of beautiful capsule wardrobe layouts out there that are very aesthetically pleasing because they maintain mostly white, black, or grey. A lot of people see this and think “there is no way I can do with that little color.” And you know what? Neither can I! I love black and white, but there are a lot of other colors that still go well in a capsule without being restrictive. Some people prefer the black and white approach, which is great for them. Others like to have fun with color, and they do.
FOLLOW SOMEONE ELSE’S IDEAL CAPSULE WARDROBE
One size fits all, right?
If you’re obsessed with creating this Pinterest perfect capsule wardrobe, your capsule may fall short of your expectations. The truth is, people who create these beautiful images may not even be wearing these clothes and put the image out there as a template. It’s important to try to coordinate your pieces, but if you have a favorite red top and nothing else in your wardrobe is red – just wear the red top! Create your wardrobe based on your lifestyle, activities, preferences, and needs so that it suits you, not Pinterest.
MAKE STRICT RULES FOR YOURSELF
No more happiness!
I’ve seen so many videos and blog posts about people quitting their capsule because they felt so restricted and held themselves to an arbitrary standard. A capsule wardrobe should give you more – time, money, happiness – and not feel reductive. If your capsule begins to feel like a chore or stresses you out, think about what kind of rules you are imposing on yourself and consider breaking a few if you need to.
GO INTO IT COLD TURKEY
Who needs research when you can do it all right now?
Like with most things, having a capsule wardrobe is a process that takes time, planning, and sometimes saving. If you rush into it fueled by emotions and frustration, it will likely leave you feeling just as stressed. Really take your time to do research, invest, and practice some trial and error until your happy with your wardrobe. The best things take time and patience, and your capsule wardrobe is no different. Take a look at this post to see my favorite capsule wardrobe planners, or if you’re really ready for a change try reading The Curated Closet.
WEAR DAMAGED CLOTHES SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO SHOP
Shopping is a slippery slope!
I saw a Youtube video of a young woman talking about quitting her capsule wardrobe because she couldn’t shop in the three month period between her capsules. She would wear clothes that were damaged, or have to forego an essential piece of her capsule when it was irreparably damaged. Capsule wardrobes do require discipline in upkeep and making sure you don’t shop, but not at the expense of wearing damaged clothes. If something can’t be repaired, then toss it out and purchase an item that will fill that spot. No one is judging you, and you aren’t a failure if you do have to shop in between seasons.
DON’T THINK ABOUT QUALITY
A t-shirt is a t-shirt, right?
Not only do these brands participate and contribute to fast fashion (you can read more about it here, or watch this documentary) which supports dreadful working conditions, long hours, and little pay, but the quality is often very, very poor.
Instead of buying 5 tops from one of these retailers, save your money and purchase quality pieces that can be washed and worn without falling apart.
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What has been your biggest challenge with your capsule wardrobe?
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