Hi, guys! Today I’m wrapping up my first ever capsule wardrobe. I learned a lot during this “experiment,” and today I’d like to share a few of those lessons with you all. Before I do though, I’ve compiled all of the outfits that I blogged with this capsule. There were quite a few that I wasn’t able to photograph and write about, but this is a nice compilation nonetheless.
Writing the above heading is funny because at my full-time day job we’re really big on lessons learned. We often write them when projects go well or have room for improvement in the future. My lessons learned from this capsule are as follows:
What Went Well:
- Less Really Is More – Just from the outfits above, it is clear that I favored a handful of pieces and constantly rotated through them: my chambray shirt dress, distressed skinny jeans and striped painter’s tee make easily the most appearances. It was really fun to be creative, styling the same pieces in new ways. I enjoyed that a lot. For someone who loves fashion, it was an inspiring project.
- You’ll Think Twice About New Purchases – Knowing that part of the goal is to create a quality and lasting wardrobe makes you thoughtful about impulse buys. I am a big proponent of investing in pieces that are classic and timeless, instead of items that will be out of style in a year or (worse) a few months.
- You Appreciate What You Have – Once I created my capsule, I placed the rest of my clothes in storage. In past years, I placed 6 months of clothing out twice a year (spring/summer and fall/winter). By creating a fall wardrobe, I stored the rest of my winter and festive clothes during the months when they wouldn’t be needed. Because of that, I was so excited to see my winter pieces when I pulled them from storage this past weekend.
Changes Going Forward:
- Be sure to include a broad enough palette – This particular capsule contained mainly black and grey. There were days that I just looked at it and thought, “Ugh, another black and grey outfit,” instead of feeling inspired or enthused by my minimal wardrobe.
- Include a variation of casual and dressy pieces – I work in a formal office environment so creating a casual capsule wardrobe was intended for weekends and evenings. While it worked out, I found myself wanting pieces from my work capsule on the weekends (like blazers and skirts) that weren’t included in my casual capsule. During the summer, I had created a single capsule that encompassed both work and weekend, and it was much more successful. Separating office and weekend overcomplicated things for me, and I do not plan to create such a casual wardrobe next season.
- Consider your climate – I struggled so much between September and November with the range in temperates and the items I had chosen. Going forward, I won’t restrict my outerwear or shoes within my capsule. I do plan to include some suggestions for you all, but incorporate my full shoe and outerwear collection into my posts