It’s nearly been a year since I started my capsule wardrobe journey in a bid to reform the shopaholic in me. In the last year, I’ve read so much on capsule wardrobes and followed some amazing bloggers going through the same journey as me. And of course, I’ve now experienced a full year of capsule wardrobes, and all the ups and downs that go with them. I’m starting to think that capsule wardrobes may be the ultimate shopaholic detox. I’m not saying 100% that a capsule wardrobe will reform every shopaholic but they certainly will change the way you view your wardrobe and your attitude towards clothes shopping. So for all you shopaholics out there here’s 5 reasons why capsule wardrobes are the ultimate shopaholic detox.
Let’s start with the most obvious reason, capsule wardrobes come with a shopping ban. Sometimes the best way to give something up is to go cold turkey. A capsule wardrobe forces shopaholics to put their credit cards away and go cold turkey. Even if it’s only for 3 months, you’ll find yourself saving money. I know in the first 3 months of my capsule wardrobe I think I saved over £500 just by stopping those online orders and lunchtime purchases. That money helped pay for Christmas. Think about how much money you spend on clothes every month (it’s probably more than you think) and what you could buy with it after 3 months. Although if you are a flow blown shopaholic all that money saved should be going towards paying off your credit cards.
A capsule wardrobe is different from a spending ban as it gives you something to focus on. With a capsule wardrobe, you put a lot of time and effort into picking out your pieces for the season and planning your wardrobe. This gives you something to focus on instead of shopping. Having a clear focus like a capsule wardrobe helps you get through the shopping ban without feeling like your missing out. Your not just on a shopping ban, you are creating the perfect capsule wardrobe and challenging yourself to make it work for a season.
As a reformed shopaholic, I know that most of you will have pieces in your wardrobe that you never wear. Some of you will even have pieces you forgot you owned. The process of clearing out your wardrobe and creating a capsule wardrobe will help you to rediscover these pieces. By not buying anything new for a whole season, you are forced to shop your wardrobe. I bet you have some pretty amazing finds in there, that would have sat unloved if you didn’t create a capsule wardrobe.
For a shopaholic reducing your wardrobe down to only 37 pieces in a real challenge. It may sound scary, to begin with, but once you get going the challenge of finding new ways to style your clothes becomes good fun. You may want to find as many ways as possible to wear a skirt you hardly wore before or give the 10×10 style challenge a go. You’ll soon become an expert at creating unique outfits from only a few pieces.
Once you have experienced your first capsule wardrobe, your attitude towards shopping will start to change. You’ll start to find yourself focusing on quality over quantity and you’ll finally understand what everyone means by less is more. You’ll no longer want to go out and buy the first thing you see. Instead, you’ll take the time to research and plan every purchase so it fits in with your existing wardrobe. Once you experience this change you will finally be able to call yourself a reformed shopaholic and have completed shopaholic detox.