Get ready, I’m about to eat my words.
Chalk it up to my rebellious streak, or that I’m not very good at following rules, but I’ve never really wanted to try, or liked the idea of, creating capsule wardrobes.
I don’t believe minimalism is about numbers.
I don’t want to “hide” half of my clothes for a season or two.
There is no one way to be a minimalist.
I still believe those things, but I’m starting to see the wisdom in the idea of seasonal capsule wardrobe.
What capsule wardrobes are good for:
Separating out items that work for only one or two seasons at a time
Keeping the clothing you actually wear available and visible all the time
Restricting choices, which actually gives you more freedom to choose…
Ah – and there’s the rub, why we become minimalists in the first place: having fewer choices actually makes it easier to choose, and frees up our thought processes and time to focus on other things.
Even with my wardrobe drastically pared down, I still have to think about what I’m going to wear each day. And sometimes I go through multiple outfits/looks before I decide on something. For my simple life, this is unacceptable; I don’t need to change 5 times before going to get my hair cut.
But this is it. I still have too many options available to me. If I want to wear slouchy pants one day, I have at least three dark, slouchy pants options: Eileen Fisher harem pants, Hope news trousers & Black Crane carpenter pants. Theoretically, one pair should be sufficient for a slouchy pants day…but not for me. Each pair projects a slightly different “look,” depending on what I’m going for that day.
This frustrates me. I know I don’t need that many options. I don’t WANT that many options.
I am ready to purge quite a lot of my fall/winter wardrobe now that I’ve had a chance to wear some things, and conversely choose NOT to wear some things, but there are still some things I’d like to hold on to, and some things that even though I COULD layer with them now, I probably won’t, so I should put those away.
So, with this additional purge, and reflections on what’s left in my closet, I am going to create a capsule wardrobe for the rest of the year.
Creating my capsule wardrobe
I’m not going to hold myself to a specific number of items.
I am going to be reasonable about the numbers of similar-but-different-enough items I keep in my closet and which ones I should put away for now.
I will keep only one “type” of item out (i.e. long dress, long skirt, jeans, black pants, etc.)
I will box up and put away (from sight) everything not in my capsule
Overall, I will use this as an opportunity for growth, not punishment, or restriction. I will not let this exercise overwhelm me, or make me anxious. I hope it will help me stick more to my “gut” when it comes to getting dressed, and not be overly concerned about the look I’m trying to portray. I think it will encourage me to go back to my “whatever I put on stays on” method of dressing I practiced a couple of years ago.
at the end of the day, I think the amount of things we CAN acquire (and DO acquire) is overwhelming, and leaves little room within ourselves for spiritual and personal growth.
For me, as with most of us I think, the more choices I have, the more overwhelmed I get trying to choose. I appreciate that we in the Western world have so many choices available to us, but at the end of the day, I think the amount of things we CAN acquire (and DO acquire) is overwhelming, and leaves little room within ourselves for spiritual and personal growth.
Our material possessions crowd out room for stillness, for reflection, and for just being. Mine do anyway…
Some excellent capsule wardrobe resources:
Do you implement capsule wardrobes? Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? What has your experience been?