As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I’m one of those people who doesn’t like wasting money on clothes I won’t wear. Don’t get me wrong, I love shopping and Jake will let you know that most of my spending money and our combined clothing budget gets spent if I enter the mall (or Target or Stitch Fix) without proper supervision.
But one trend I’ve really gotten on board with recently is the idea of a capsule wardrobe.
For those for whom this term is new (have you been living with the mole people?), a capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items that don’t go out of fashion and can be augmented with seasonal pieces throughout the year.
Basically, the idea is that you always only wear clothes that you love. The items you wear should be higher in quality, fewer in number, and able to be worn with any other piece you own. Ideally, these pieces would be basic fashion staples that stand the test of time.
Capsule wardrobes have basically taken over my Pinterest as I’ve taken the minimalist plunge. I followed the advice of other like-minded closet purgers and donated over half of my wardrobe in March and have since begun the process of narrowing down the number of pieces I own.
However, the process of refining your wardrobe to a limited number of basic fashion staples is not what it may seem. Currently, the clothes in my closet are only the best of the best. They’re all items that are comfortable and that I wear often. Most of them are nicer quality but also there’s a lot of V-neck tops from Target because that’s usually my go-to shirt.
And this is where I’m conflicted. I’m perfectly happy in my clothes from Target. But I love the idea of buying nicer things that will last longer. Do I want a smaller wardrobe because that’s what Pinterest is telling me to do? Or am I ok with having 10 of one item in various colors because that’s kind of my thing?
I’ve been at this for 6 months and am currently feeling stuck and directionless. Anyone else make a brave attempt at a capsule wardrobe? If so, did you feel as conflicted as I am? Anyone have advice for me?