My blogger friend and SIA co-founder Salazar is back with another guest post! (Check out her guest post last summer about traveling tips for footwear.) This time, Salazar shares her capsule wardrobe experiences.
Hello Librarian for Life + Style readers! I’m Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey, and I’m here blog-sitting for Jen while she’s on vacation. Even though I’ve had my blog for more than 4 years, I’m still learning to refine my style, so I’m going to share with you guys some of my experiences.
“Capsule wardrobe” has been a buzzword around the blogosphere for some time now, and right around the time it became big, I was going through some changes in my own style — from the slightly twee, vintage-inspired looks to something more minimalist and modern, but still with a vintage touch. I thought that building a capsule wardrobe would be a good way for me to redefine my style, so last year I jumped on the wagon and did a capsule wardrobe for the fall/winter season.
For those of you who are not familiar, basically a capsule wardrobe is when you narrow your closet to a certain number of pieces (I’ve seen number ranging from 20 to 50; 30, 33, or 37 seem to be favorites; I chose 40) and wear only those for a season. It’s like an updated version of the 30×30 remix. The idea is to cut down on shopping, cut down on storage space, redefine your style, and utilize your closet to its full capacity. All well and good, right? But I soon came to hate my capsule. The weather was warmer than I expected so I didn’t have enough lightweight clothes; I got tired of wearing the same thing over and over again; and I still shopped a lot because I was bored, so I had switched things out to maintain the magic number. In the end, the whole thing became a chore.
After I was done with it, I realized my mistake — I was too obsessed with the perfect number of pieces, without thinking about how the capsule would fit into my style and my life. But, I still like the idea of a capsule, so I decided to adapt it for myself: a weekly capsule, instead of a seasonal one. During the weekend, I would pick out a few pieces that I can mix and match, and wear those in the coming week. I don’t even have to plan outfits for the entire week — I can just plan one or two, and add a new top or a new pair of shoes to shake things up as I go along. This is much better for me because it allows me to “shop” my closet and see what works and what doesn’t; I’m a much smarter shopper; plus, getting dressed is a lot easier when you already have some foundations on which to build your outfit.
So, my conclusion is this: if you want to try the capsule wardrobe, ask yourself what about it that you like. Is it the idea of a minimalist lifestyle? Or do you want a cohesive wardrobe? Then see how you can make it work for you and your life, and don’t worry too much about the number. It doesn’t matter if you have 20 or 200 pieces, as long as everything is getting equal wear, and you’re happy with your wardrobe!