In September 2015 I was frustrated with my out of control spending habits, overflowing wardrobe and undefined personal style. One evening I sat down and watched The True Cost and that film completely changed my outlook on my wardrobe. After seeing the impact my shopping habits were having on vulnerable people and the environment I knew I had to make a change. This is when I decided to create my first capsule wardrobe and majorly purge my wardrobe. I needed something to focus on to finally put an end to my unhealthy shopping habit. I knew I couldn’t just say I wasn’t buying new clothes I needed a clear focus and rules to stop shopping for fast fashion. That decision turned out to be pretty life changing, not only did I finally end my relationship with fast fashion but my capsule wardrobe introduced me to ethical and sustainable fashion and minimalism. It also changed the direction of this blog, I no longer talk about sales and hauls but instead focus on empowering others who want to minimise their wardrobes and live a simpler life. I now a reformed shopaholic turned aspiring minimalist all because of one film. Who would have thought an evening in front of the telly could have such an impact on my life.
Creating a capsule wardrobe and embracing slow fashion, it about so much more than the clothes in your closet it changes your outlook on life. Clearing out my closet might well have been one of the best decisions I ever made. It has led to so many opportunities and introduced me to some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. I feel more confident in myself and have a clear focus not only on my blog but for my life now. For me, it has been an empowering and life changing experience and it can for you as well. Here are 5 ways I think a capsule wardrobe can change your life, as it did mine.
Before clearing out my closet and creating my first capsule wardrobe I was a total fast fashion addict buying into trends and different styles every season. There was no intention to my style so I ended up wearing clothes I wasn’t 100% comfortable in or buying something because it was on trend or I’d seen it on one of my favourite bloggers. Shopping like that is a waste of time, energy and money. Personal style is about so much more than trends. Living with a small wardrobe really helps you to focus on developing your own personal style. You start to make more conscious decisions about what works for you and your lifestyle rather than what’s in fashion. A capsule wardrobe isn’t about fashion, it’s about defining a personal style which works for you.
I couldn’t believe how much money I saved during my first capsule wardrobe. Those little shopping trips and online orders of £30/40 at a time soon add up. I think I was spending around £200 a month on clothes before my capsule wardrobe. That’s not a sustainable amount for anyone. Once I stopped shopping I really noticed a difference in my bank account and the credit card bill is way less scary. That money was better spent on experiences with my husband or doing up the house. Even when I do allow myself to shop all my purchases are well thought out and considered, so although the individual pieces may cost more it works out less overall. These new pieces should last for years to come which will save even more money as a slowly create a quality wardrobe.
The most obvious way a capsule wardrobe helps to save time is first thing in the morning. With fewer clothes deciding what to wear becomes an easy decision. No more standing in front of the wardrobe thinking you have nothing to wear. Capsule wardrobes also help to create more free time for you to enjoy doing what you love. Since your no longer shopping, you will no longer want to waste your weekends at the shops. If you tend to spend a lot of time browsing online stores, having a capsule wardrobe will mean you no longer visit those sites, freeing up your lunch hour and helping you get stuff done.
Your journey towards a more minimal lifestyle starts in the wardrobe. Once you have reduced the number of clothes in your wardrobe you will find yourself wanting to get rid of clutter across the home. You’ll start focusing on only having things which add value or spark joy to your life. For me starting to think about minimalism and reducing clutter came naturally after seeing the benefits of a minimal wardrobe and wanting that in every aspect of my life. Creating a capsule wardrobe has introduced me to the idea of simplifying my life and embracing slow living.
One of the most ethical things you can do is make sure you use everything you own. A capsule wardrobe encourages you to wear and enjoy all of your clothes making it a very ethical and sustainable choice. You start to think more about where your clothes come from and who made them, leading to more responsible decisions when shopping for new clothes. My capsule wardrobe introduced me to the world of ethical fashion and ethical blogging. This blog has won ethical blog awards as a result of my capsule wardrobe so who knows what yours could lead too.