Lessons learned after creating a de facto capsule collection

I posted last month about creating a de facto capsule collection, due to packing up most of my closet in preparation for staging our house for selling and to get some preliminary stuff out of the house. You can see all the details here in this post, as well as more details what a capsule collection is. After packing up most of my clothes, I had a few weeks left of work and then had four more weeks of casual clothes inbetween the end of spring term and our moving to our new home. (Plus, I then had to wait a couple more weeks before our pod could be delivered to our new home.)

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I thought it would be a good personal practice to reflect back on the experience and think about the lessons I learned during and after the process.

Lessons learned:

  • The nontraditional way I went about creating the de facto capsule collection — packing up out-of-season clothing items first and then whittling down until I had what felt like a reasonable amount of items left for a couple of months — did work for me. I didn’t feel as much pressure choosing an exact number of items.
  • Were there items I should NOT have packed up? YES. That list includes my hiking boots and flat brown ankle boots (for practicality and heel support), striped tees (why oh why did I pack these up?!), wide-leg jeans (I only left out skinny jeans, with the exception of my wide-leg trouser jeans for work), and leggings. OMG, leggings! If I could go back and time and keep from packing up my leggings, I would.
  • I made the mistake of packing up my clothes during an unnaturally hot weekend, and therefore did not adequately prepare for cooler temps. Again, I should have kept out my leggings so I could have gotten more mileage out of the dresses I left out, so that I could have worn the dresses during the colder late spring and early summer days.
  • I made the right call keeping out my topaz and crystal drop earrings — they went with everything!

Most reworn items:

I don’t have exact figures for how many times the following items were reworn, so this is more of an informal reflection on which items I wore, and rewore, the most:

  • Accessories:  drop earrings (both pairs), various tote bags
  • Shoes:  metallic strappy sandals, black flats, sneakers, canvas flats (both pairs, tan and black striped)
  • Bottoms: skinny jeans (red, black, and dark denim), trouser jeans, olive ankle pants
  • Tops:  longer tees (like my library due date tee)
  • Layering pieces:  cardigans, olive cargo vest, denim jackets (light and dark versions), light cotton jackets (red and grey)
  • Dresses:  maxidresses (once temps got hotter)

Anything I didn’t wear?

Yep! I didn’t wear my cognac cork wedges once after packing up the rest of my clothes and shoes. I didn’t count on my legs and feet being so sore doing all the things one needs to do to get a house — particularly a house with stairs! — ready for staging and selling and packing. My legs — and especially the heels of my feet — took a pounding, and I needed supportive flats and sandals to get through the days. I even took to wearing double layers of socks and sneakers in the house for the extra cushion on my heels!

Did I enjoy the experience of my first capsule collection?

Honestly, not really. I’m just not the girl for capsule collections. I still find them too restricting, plain and simple. I love remixing, but I prefer to have more options available to me.

Ultimate lesson:

Even though creating this capsule collection was a necessity (and I didn’t particularly enjoy it), I am glad that I forced myself through the experience. That’s the ultimate lesson learned. Try something new just for the experience and see what you can learn from it.

I learned that I have a greater appreciation for the variety I do have in my closet — and I can’t wait to have my entire wardrobe reunited and back in one place!

Until next time… 🙂


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