The Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe

Well, it’s been a bit since I’ve started this whole capsule wardrobe thing. I’ve been tracking outfits and have formulated some first impressions. I made a change, which removed one item from my closet, and replaced it with another. I’m far happier with this outcome (although I do need to take the other item back to the store – still) and am beginning to experiment with various looks. Overall, I’m much happier with my wardrobe; so, I came up with a list of the benefits  of a capsule wardrobe.

STRESS FREE MORNINGS

The first and best (to me) benefit of having a capsule wardrobe is the ease that surrounds me in the mornings. More often than not, I used to stand in front of my clothes and stare at them. I’d be there for some time, glancing back and forth along the row of clothes, unsure of what to wear.

Now that doesn’t happen. I don’t know what it is about having less items that makes life so much easier. I read it in tons of blog posts before committing to my own capsule, but I never believed it. Well, now I do. I guess that having less options is better. 

Now, I wonder if things will change as I begin to cycle through more outfits. Will I get frustrated with feeling like I’m wearing the same thing over and over again or will I be motivated to try new combinations? We’ll just have to wait and see – and, believe me, I’ll update you. I promise.

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SAVING MONEY AND TIME

Since I haven’t been shopping, which didn’t occur too often before, I’ve been saving the big bucks. Ok, I haven’t been saving that much because it hasn’t been that long. But I can imagine that, at the end of this capsule wardrobe experiment, I’ll have saved quite a bit. It’ll help since I need to refinance my house and I should really consider buying a new car within the next year.

On top of saving cash, I’m also saving a lot of time. In all honesty, I would go shopping on weekends when we didn’t have plans. It was something for me to do, to get out of the house and feel like I did something. Now, as I stated earlier, this didn’t happen too often; however, I realize that even the random hours of online window shopping have been eliminated – and that kind of “shopping” took up a lot of time!

SPACE

It was unbelievable, the amount of space random items took up in my closet. Ok, these items weren’t random but I never wore them, which means that they never served a purpose. All of the clothes were pushed together, making it difficult to see each item. Now, the items are spaced out, giving each item it’s own space and making it easier for me to see what is there. This seems to be one of the reasons I’m less stressed or frustrated in the morning. I can see each item that’s there.

There’s something strange about seeing the emptiness that makes up my closet right when I need to do laundry. I can’t wear the same kind of item twice in a row (unless it’s something that doesn’t need to be washed right away) and it helps me to create more versatility.

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THE VARIETY OF OUTFITS

The limited amount of items in a capsule wardrobe is forcing me to wear different kinds of outfits. Since I have just three pairs of pants, I end up wearing more dresses and skirts than ever before – which is so odd, since I am beyond obsessed with wearing dresses and skirts. However, with tons of skinnies and pants, I didn’t really have to; and, more often than not, I’ll choose comfort over cuteness. I mean, who wouldn’t.

But what’s best about the variety that I’m adding is the fact that I’m falling back in love with skirts and dresses. For a while, I was kind of stuck in a rut, wearing pant after pant after pant, not wanting to put on the dresses and skirts that I once loved. Now, that’s changed.

MY PERSONAL STYLE

I feel like I knew quite a bit about my personal style prior to starting this capsule wardrobe. I claim to have a sort of casual chic vibe. I like to pair nicer pieces with more casual ones. This has proven itself true, with the outfits that I’ve been pairing together so far, but I’ve also learned some more things about who I am and what I like.

As I stated earlier, I’ve learned that I love wearing skirts. Matching those casual chic vibes that I described earlier, I wear them with flats, sneaks, or tees. I haven’t dressed up once while I’m wearing capsule outfits. I’ve worn outfits that are appropriate for work but I wouldn’t consider them fancy at all.

Oh and an added benefit – I’m getting a lot of compliments on my outfits. No one notices that I’m wearing the same things because they look different.

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COMPARISON

It’s strange, to be honest. I never thought that I’d not compare myself to the women that are walking down the street in their brand new, stylish clothes. I love trends – not all but some – and thought that I’d be disappointed at my lack of being able to participate in the winter and spring trends; however, I feel good with the items that I have.

I love each item that I have and don’t care to analyze what others are wearing. I look forward to feeling this way for a while and am beginning to feel like I’ll keep this up.

So, for those interested in building their capsule wardrobe, do these make you feel good about taking the plunge? For those that already have one, are there other benefits? 

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