Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Less Is More + Capsule Wardrobe Thoughts



My winter capsule came to a close at the end of February and I thought this would be a good time to do some reflection. I've done 2 capsule wardrobes so far and it's been an amazing experience! I love that I've been forced to be creative. Getting dressed has been a lot easier now that I have only pieces that are perfect for my style, body and lifestyle. As creative as it's forced me to be, I've also found it somewhat limiting. There were certain times when I would want to reach for other things in my wardrobe that weren't included in my capsule (mostly shoes). I miss some of my favorites that I decided not to include this time around (hello navy and white pinstripe button-down... I can't wait to be reunited! Nude heels... you've not been forgotten).

Having done 2 successful capsules now, I love the "less is more" philosophy. I've started applying it to other aspects of my life. I've gotten rid of so much and I feel so free (Cliche? Maybe, but it's true). One of the forces driving me to go through all of my stuff is the possibility of moving out of state. Nothing's been confirmed so I'm going to wait to share the details. But with moving means packing up all my stuff. And in starting to pack some of the unseasonal stuff and things that I don't use on a regular basis, I have a lot of stuff I just don't use, need or even want! Packing has been a great excuse to get rid of the crap and narrow down all categories of my life to the necessities and things that I love, save for books. I've realized I don't really need 4 pairs of black heels. I own way too many pairs of pajamas. And all those hotel shampoos really need to be used or tossed (Who else hoards these?).

Moving forward I'm not sure I'm going to continue with capsule wardrobes. I resigned from my job in December and started a new one this week, so for the majority of my winter capsule I wasn't utilizing the stuff I had included specifically for my work environment. And I'm not sure how that's going to change when I move, or how soon after I move. And, I'm possibly moving to a completely different climate and I know for a fact that I'm nowhere near ready to tackle humidity and really high temps. So there's going to be some adjustments to my wardrobe because of that.

I am going to keep buying by season. Currently I go shopping every 3 months and it's been a great money management tool and has completely curbed my need to shop. One of my favorite tools to help with this is Unroll.me. It's a program that lets you unsubscribe to e-mail lists that you're on and combine all of the e-mails you get from certain accounts into one e-mail. So instead of getting 10 e-mailss from retailers every day, I get one e-mail at the end of the week with all that information included. So anyways, I'm going to continue shopping by season and I'll still plan out my wardrobe and what I want to purchase when I go shopping. But I'm not sure how I can limit my closet down to 30-40 pieces when my future is up in the air like it is.

So my final thoughts for you: Less is more. I find that I use so much more of it when I love all of it, rather than just a little bit of it. Buying fewer, nicer things has made me appreciate the items that I have and has forced me to make smarter decisions (no spontaneous sale shopping!).

Have you tried capsules? What's your take on less is more? Sound off in the comments below!

And I promise... my next post will be all about what I've bought for spring! Hello pastels!

Xo,
Natalie

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