I started by going through all of my wardrobe and editing out the clothing that should be donated. I then took pieces out that were not relevant for the season and stored them away. I made a list of items I definitely wanted to have for the season, including some items I didn’t own, and went through the rest of the wardrobe to edit what I was going to keep in my closet and what I was going to store. I decided to go with 40 items including accessories and shoes. The fall season lasts from October to the end of December and luckily we had a mild December because I did not include a parka in with my wardrobe items. I decided to go for it again during the winter season but I only lasted about a month until I realized it wasn’t for me.
What I did like:
- Having less items in my daily wardrobe to stare at in the morning
- Storing items away and rediscovering them come the new season- it’s like shopping in your own closet
- Having most of the items in my wardrobe work together (although this could be because of my neutral colour scheme as well)
- Making a list of clothing items for the season. This was a good way to set a direction for the season before going into my wardrobe and physically editing it
What I disliked:
- One of the rules is that you aren’t supposed to shop during the season- this meant not being able to take advantage of deals that popped up on items that I had wanted to buy for a while or not being able get items that might not be available in the last few weeks
- I love to knit and I like to add those knits to my wardrobe once I’m done which means I was either down an item until I knit it or wasn’t able to add the item during that season
- Feeling pressure to have all the items in my wardrobe come the new season
- Feeling pressure to shop during the last few weeks to make my new capsule wardrobe
- Spending more money than I usually would to make the capsule wardrobe
I did learn some things from having a capsule wardrobe such as storing away some pieces for other seasons and having a slightly paired down wardrobe. Since I’m already a conscious consumer, something the capsule wardrobe was supposed to help with, I usually don’t buy a lot of items at one time and I try to buy items that I know I will get a lot of use out of rather than keeping it for only one season.
All in all it was a positive experience even though I won’t be carrying on with it. I will continue to store some items I don’t think I will use during the current season. I will also do a wardrobe cleanse every season to make sure the articles are still relevant and in good shape.
Have you tried making a capsule wardrobe? Did you like it or not? Leave a comment with your opinions!