Before we jump into our Q&A, I just have to let you know that this may be one of my favorite winter outfits ever. Warm and cozy for winter + light and bright for spring. Okay … Q&A … go!
I often times like to stock up on cute sweaters or usually pricey boots at the end of season when they’re on sale. How do you approach end of season sales? Do you just accept the fact that they don’t fit into your method? —Megan
Great question! In the past, I had virtually no willpower when it came to shopping. I was especially hopeless when it came to sales, and I always got sucked into the Sale Vortex. We’ve all been there, right? You know, where you buy things just because they are on sale, not because you actually need them.
So when I first started living with a capsule wardrobe, it was important for me to have a rigid structure to help me change my habits. For me, that looked like steering clear of all shopping — including sales — except for the four times a year I allowed myself to shop.
Life-changing? You bet.
Now that I’m a year in to capsule wardrobe living, I’m loosening up my “rules” a bit. It’s time for me to figure out what a long-term lifestyle of less looks like.
So right now, even though it’s not time to shop according to the “rules”, I’m watching a pair of boots at Madewell. They are steadily dropping in price, and I’m waiting for the right moment to snatch them up.
My best advice for smart sale shopping? Make a list and stay laser focused on those specific items you’re shopping for — that way, you won’t get sucked in to the Sale Vortex.
P.S. Want to know something crazy? Last year, it turned out that every single one of my four shopping times actually corresponded with a sale of some sort. So while I didn’t specifically plan to hit up those sales, I ended up getting to take advantage them. It taught me that sales aren’t as scarce as I think. Very cool.
Can you talk about what you do for special events that require an outfit outside your capsule? (Hello, wedding season!) —Lindsay
Absolutely. In fact, a few months ago, I wrote a post about my special occasion capsule wardrobe and how to build one without breaking the bank. Check it out here.
Hat: old from HM (similar)
Pants: old from J.Crew Factory (similar)
Shoes: old from Nordstrom Rack (similar)