The Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: Is There an End Game?

July 18, 2016
Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

When I started my capsule wardrobe challenge I didn’t really have an end game, I was just looking for a way to kerb my spending habits. I’m often asked about how long I plan to live with a capsule wardrobe and whether I’ll ever go back to a ‘normal’ wardrobe.

As I said I didn’t really have much of a plan in place when I started, I just wanted to see if I could do it. Back in September last year, I doubted I would even make it to Christmas without buying any clothes, and now we’re in July and I’ve stuck to my capsule wardrobe. Trust me when I say that’s a big achievement for me, as my spending was a little out of control. Creating a capsule wardrobe has helped me to cut back on my spending, and has completely changed my attitude to the way I shop. I’d recommend trying a capsule wardrobe to anyone wanting to cut back on the clutter in their wardrobe and looking to save some money. If you are considering trying the capsule wardrobe challenge for yourself I’ve written a lot on the topic and suggest you check out these posts:

Another positive which has come out of creating a capsule wardrobe has been my new interest in sustainable and ethical fashion. One of the reasons (other than kerbing my spending) I created a capsule wardrobe was discovering the impact of fast fashion (on people and the environment) after watching The True Cost documentary. That film really did change my life (and the direction of this blog). If you haven’t watched it yet, then go and watch it now. The film has influenced my decision to reduce the amount of clothes I own and make the most of what I do have through a capsule wardrobe. Having a capsule wardrobe forces you to make more conscious, thoughtful decisions when you do buy new clothes. With a capsule wardrobe, anything you buy has to fit in with the rest of the wardrobe and be something you will wear again and again. No more buying something because it’s cute or on sale.

So where next for the capsule wardrobe?

I’ve already mentioned this, but I haven’t switched out my capsule wardrobe for summer. The main reason is that here in Scotland the weather doesn’t change much between spring and summer and I created a larger spring wardrobe to accommodate the Scottish weather, I also allowed myself to have a more relaxed approach, introducing the fluid capsule wardrobe. I’ve been really happy with this slightly larger wardrobe (around 50 pieces) and haven’t once felt my capsule was restrictive (there were a couple of times in autumn and winter when I did feel a little restricted).
This has got me thinking about whether or not a traditional capsule wardrobe is still right for me. Perhaps a more relaxed minimal wardrobe would be a better approach for me. This would still follow the principles of a capsule wardrobe with a small wardrobe curated to fit your lifestyle but without the strict seasons or spending ban. I’m thinking of switching my wardrobe at the beginning of autumn and creating a larger wardrobe to cover winter/early spring as well. And instead of buying a few new pieces at the start of the season, allowing myself to pick things up when I identify a gap in my wardrobe.
A full year of living with a capsule wardrobe is a great achievement (and I really do recommend you give it go) and has changed my outlook when it comes to clothes and in particular shopping for clothes. I have achieved what I set out to achieve and now believe I can live with a minimal wardrobe which works for me. Trust me, I’m not going back to the wardrobe stuffed full of hundreds of pieces I don’t even wear (and some with the tags still on). I want to explore ethical and sustainable brands and hopefully, one day create a fully ethical and sustainable wardrobe.

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