Hi everyone. I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend! As the title may suggest, I'm going to share some things I've learned during my first capsule closet. I know it's only been two months but there are some points I'd like to share before I get started on spring and as advice for those out there that are trying a capsule as well :)
March needs to be a transition. Soo I thought I could do 3 months of winter clothes - January, February & March. March is cold, I figured things wouldn't change much. I was wrong. We've had some unusually strange warm days and we haven't even hit March yet. Which means March is hopefully going to be a little more on the sunny side. This means some of my turtleneck sweaters are rotating out and I'll be rotating in some spring. I'm also craving spring clothes. Realizing that I start to crave warmer colors and not so many black sweaters in March will help for future closet planning.
I realized my buying triggers. I knew some of these already but realized more. 1. When I go/plan for trips. I found that I like to get new outfits for when I go out of town. I kind of already knew this one but didn't realize how strong of a trigger it was for me. 2. Stress. Yes I knew this one. Whenever I'm stressed I would turn to shopping as a pick me up. Going to a store, trying on clothes, finding something you love and buying it. Such a great feeling. So with planning a wedding, work and figuring out the blogging world you can bet I've been stressed. 3. New collection arrivals. I talked about this one in my last post and this one kind of got me and I didn't really expect it. I'm still trying to figure out how to tackle these shopping itches but I'll let you know as soon as I do :)
I had to adjust a few things.
Since the weather has been better than expected I had to add some actual jackets/coats to my wardrobe instead of my arctic puffy coat. I love both of these coats. The first is from Madewell and it has a fur like texture which is different and fun. This actually went in place of the brown leather jacket that I referenced in my capsule post - unfortunately the leather didn't work out. The second is one of my main staples. I bring this coat everywhere. It is extremely soft, easy to packet and looks great tied around your waist for layering.
Try on all capsule outfits in the beginning. This one I hadn't thought of. I made my list of outfits in my phone to reference in the morning when I just didn't want to think about clothes. However, some of the outfits didn't come together like I thought they would. Then I would spend my morning trying to get them right. This completely defeated one of the reasons I wanted to try a capsule wardrobe. So in the future I will take one day to try out all of the outfits I can make with my capsule. This way I can completely eliminate the clothes all over the floor, nothing to wear feeling.
I'm trying to do too much too fast. I eventually want to create a sustainable closet. This means investing in pieces that are ethically sourced and made which equals a slightly higher price tag. In my mind, I'm trying to transform my closet too fast. Right now my budget just doesn't allow for a quick fix. So I've decided to limit myself to one to two pieces per season depending on the item. Slowly but steady.
That is what I've taken away from this experience so far. I'm sure there will be even more in the future :)