July 10, 2014
Let’s dive right in to the observations.
1. Sometimes less can be enough
While I grew tired of the colors in my challenge wardrobe, I did not grow tired of the overall numbers in my wardrobe. I don’t mind repeating pieces and outfit combinations often. This allows me to enjoy a smaller number of items in my wardrobe. I’ve probably always worn a small number of my clothes but never realized it because I had so many of them. When a closet is overstuffed, it is difficult for me to see how much I am wearing. Not only can I see how much I wear with a smaller wardrobe, but I’m also able to stay on top of laundry, steaming, ironing, and repairing my pieces, because I need them back in the closet quickly so I can sport them again.
I currently do laundry once a week. Blazers I will sport a few times before dry cleaning. The same with jeans. Tops and cardigans that go against my skin, are cleaned after each wear.
2. More than one capsule is essential for my wardrobe
Unfortunately, it was difficult to only stick to the items in my challenge wardrobe because of work. I ended up having to dip into my business capsule wardrobe a few times over the course of the challenge due to meetings. I think this can be an oversight when considering smaller wardrobes. It can be very easy to get carried away with culling a closet until you are left with a small number, but it has to be the correct number in terms of one’s overall needs. And those needs are not consistent. I don’t often sport my business wardrobe, but when those handful of occasions arise during the year, those pieces are essential to own. Before I created a business capsule wardrobe, I was often spending the night before a meeting in the stores hunting for an outfit to sport the next day.
3. A workable wardrobe is unnoticeable
I really completed 4 weeks for the challenge and I didn’t realize it until I went back and counted the weeks! When I spend a morning frustrated with assembling an outfit, I spend the entire day thinking about how to fix it. Shall I shop for something new? Should I revisit my closet after work and try out new combinations? During the challenge, I didn’t give my wardrobe a second thought. I felt I had plenty of clothes that were easy for me to assemble into a variety of outfits.
What is the least used capsule in your wardrobe?