Here’s a thought that’s been on my mind a whole lot lately:
Capsule wardrobes are a tool, not the destination.
I think always knew this deep down, but it’s becoming real in a different way now. Maybe it’s the crazy exciting life change we have on the horizon, but I’m seeing my capsule wardrobe journey in a new light:
It’s less about the capsule wardrobe, and more about what it teaches me along the way.
So I’ve been reflecting over everything I’ve learned so far from living with capsule wardrobes. Three lessons immediately come to mind:
Take intentional breaks from shopping. I’ll carry this idea with me forever. If I’m not careful, one shopping trip can bring on an avalanche of shopping trips. Every season, I loved how I felt when I took an intentional shopping break. It helped me make smart buying choices, and it helped me feel more content and more present in life.
Buy fewer, better things. It seems almost flippant to just throw this one out there. It’s such a short phrase, but it’s impacted me in the deepest places. We often hear this mantra tossed around, but there’s something that shifts inside when we try to live it. It’s powerful.
When things aren’t adding up, start subtracting. So often, when I’m faced with a problem, my first reaction is to think I need to add something to my life to solve it. Like, if I’m disorganized, I should buy more storage containers. Or, if I’m feeling stressed, I should go shop for a new dress to make myself feel better. When the answer to both of those problems could be to subtract something from my life.
What are your favorite lessons you’ve learned so far on your capsule wardrobe journey?
Tank: old from Madewell (similar)
Skirt: old from Zara (similar in grey)
Shoes: old from J.Crew (similar)