Lessons I’ve learnt from having a capsule wardrobe so far

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Today I wanted to take a few minutes to just write about what I’ve learned from having a Capsule Wardrobe for a year.

Back in 2015, my shopping habit was out of control. I would quite happily spend all my wages on clothes. But they weren’t clothes that made me happy, or even necessarily fit me all that well. I would spend hours scrolling through ASOS and other stores online, usually aimlessly, just out of habit.

Enter 2016. I discovered ‘capsule wardrobes’. I stumbled across Caroline’s blog, and found the answer I was looking for.

So, I decided to start my own capsule. I was super strict, kept to a specific number of pieces, and most importantly I stopped shopping so much.

Fast forward to 2017. I no longer have huge shopping binges. But also I am no longer so strict with my wardrobe. I feel like I have things under control, which has let me bend the ‘rules’ a little.

As you know, I still stick to a capsule wardrobe, but I never stick to the same amount of pieces from season to season. Too restrictive. Autumn and Winter are easier for me, more layering options and all that jazz. But when Spring and Summer roll around I need to have more options to wear separately. And that’s OK!

Lesson 1. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s OK to slip up sometimes, it’s OK to not wear one thing at all but another thing constantly, it’s OK to buy something then change your mind and have to return it. I feel like my wardrobe is constantly evolving, but that’s just like me too, I’m constantly growing and learning and my wardrobe will reflect that.

Lesson 2. Don’t fixate on numbers. Go with whatever feels right.

Lesson 3. Once you know your uniform, go with it. Sometimes I’ll purchase something because I think it will look great worn a certain way. But it won’t fit with me. This is something I’m still learning, and I expect I’ll make more mistakes in the future! It’s all part of the process! I feel like I’ve found my uniform now. I’m 100% a jeans and tee kinda girl. That’s why you’ll see less skirts in my Spring Wardrobe, and more denim options.

Lesson 4. Try and buy things that will last. Timeless, quality pieces. I’m learning a lot about sustainable fashion and trying to buy more from ethical brands as time goes on.

Lesson 5. Let go of things that no longer fit. Even if you loved that top last year, planned it into your Spring capsule this year, then tried it on and found out it no longer fit. (Yes, I’m speaking from a very recent experience!)

Lesson 6. Keep it fun!

What have you learned from having a capsule wardrobe? Or are you currently learning about the process and maybe thinking of starting one?

Keep a look out for Thursday’s post, where I’ll be sharing my Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe!

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