(photo from my Spring capsule wardrobe, earlier this year)
So, winter will be my fifth capsule wardrobe!
You know what that means — it means I have four capsule wardrobes underneath me — a full year’s worth! It means that now, we’re in a whole new phase. Instead of building capsule wardrobes each season, now I’ll be simply maintaining them.
So let’s recap a little.
The goal, for me, from the beginning, was to build four really solid capsule wardrobes this year so that next year I can just pull them out of storage, maybe swap out 4-8 pieces, and go.
To dig a little deeper into that goal, I wanted balance — to balance my enjoyment of fashion with a lifestyle of contentment.
The goal was never to go extreme and cut shopping out of my life forever. For me personally, I want something more viable for my life. Like any goal or habit in life, I’ll be more likely to stick with it over the long haul if I give it some lightheartedness and some room to breathe. That’s what I want. I don’t want dressing with less to be a fad, although it seems to be the popular thing to do right now. I want a true change.
So … shopping has always been a part of the plan. But just … a lot less shopping. Maybe 4-8 pieces worth of shopping. Usually, at the end of a capsule wardrobe season, I’m left with some holes to fill anyway, due to wear and tear — so it feels just right. It’s enough to give me the joy of one of my favorite hobbies. But it’s limited enough to challenge me to find contentment in what I have.
(In a few days, I’ll be unveiling my winter capsule and I’m really excited to show you how this worked out for me this time around!)
Of course, this approach may not be your jam. That’s good, actually — you go do you. Whatever your approach — less, more — do it, and do it with joy. The most important thing is for us to give each other room to do things differently and appreciate those differences. There’s creativity + purpose in all of our different approaches.
And minimalism looks different from person to person. Minimalism and extreme minimalism get confused a lot, but here’s an awesome article that helps explain the true essence of minimalism.
My favorite quick takeaway from the article? Minimalism isn’t supposed to be your life — it’s supposed to be a tool that you use in your life.
My favorite quote from it? It’s a long one, but a good one:
There are plenty of successful minimalists who lead appreciably different lives. Our friend Leo Babauta has a family and six children and lives in San Francisco. Joshua Becker has a career he enjoys, a family he loves, and a house and a car in suburbia. Conversely, Colin Wright owns 51 things and travels all over the world, while Tammy Strobel and her husband live in a “tiny house” and are completely car-free in Portland. Even though each of these people are different, they all share two things in common: they are minimalists, and minimalism has allowed them to pursue purpose-driven lives.
But how can these people be so different and yet still be minimalists? That brings us back to our original question: what is minimalism? If we had to sum it up in a single sentence, we would say, Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
Whew, that definition is challenging. It’s so open ended — meaning we have to do the work to find out what it looks like in our life. It’s not just handed to us … and that’s what I love about it. The idea of minimalism is always challenging, requiring us to get quiet with our own souls. It takes some figuring out. And it’s a life-long learning process.
It’s infuriating and satisfying all at the same time. :)
So … let’s switch gears a little and chat about the future of Unfancy. What is Unfancy going to look like in 2015? Here’s what I’m thinking:
I want to mix things up, so you’re not just looking at the same outfits again. So, I’m excited to say that I’ll be introducing you to more and more guest bloggers who will share their different approaches to style + minimalism. This is kicking off in January with two awesome ladies, and I can’t wait for you to meet them! I think getting more voices in here is going to be awesome, and I’m excited for Unfancy to become more of a community.
So that’s the plan. Are you as excited as I am?! :)