Monday, 1 May 2017

A month into my capsule wardrobe...

I'll admit this post is a little bit of a roller coaster ride. There's a confession, an epiphany and a promise...

I’ll start with the confession. I’ve stuck to my word and haven’t shopped for any new pieces this month (aside from some emergency holiday bits), but I haven’t gone into the process whole heartedly.

It’s been an unexpectedly busy month with, what feels like, a million little to-do lists to tick off in my head. I haven’t managed to find the time to do a proper sweep of my wardrobe yet and build myself a perfectly Instagrammable edit of clothes that I can luxuriously dip into each morning. 

Instead there’s been a lot of tugging, riffling, huffing and puffing as I yank clothes out of my summer supply or dig to the bottom of my clean laundry pile in the hopes of rediscovering that top from last summer that I kind of, sort of remember buying…

It hasn’t been the most practical approach to capsule wardrobing and I’m sure some of those who are subscribed to the method will recoil in horror at my half-hearted attempt, but in the midst of everything else that’s been going on I don’t think I’ve done too badly.

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed is having the chance to appreciate some of the items I already have. Whether it’s rediscovering a new top, finding an old pair of jeans at the back of my wardrobe and remembering how great they fit or trying out new combinations that I’ve never considered before.

It’s really helped me to realise that maybe (just maybe) I don’t need to buy a new top every weekend and perhaps there’s something to be said for a more mindful approach to dressing.

I’m not going to subscribe to any strict rules or regulations while I’m still finding my feet, but I think it’s definitely time to go through my clothes and put together an edit of items that all live in one place.

That way, I'll be able to figure out what items I enjoy wearing the most and think more carefully about the items I need to buy when I lift my shopping ban at the end of this month. 

I’ve really enjoyed updating you on my, admittedly unconventional, journey into capsule wardrobing. I’ll be continuing to update you on how I’m finding things as I start to pull together a more thoughtful edit of pieces – although I’m slightly concerned that it’s going to involve a whole lot of ironing…

If you’d like a more traditional take on the process, Caroline from the blog Unfancy has some great tips. Anna from The Anna Edit also has some great posts and videos, and is actually one that inspired me to try the concept out for myself.

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