The sad truth is that, after a decade of helping other women shop for their wardrobes, it’s taken some of the fun out of shopping for myself. And, even more so since I’ve become a mom and have even less time for myself, shopping can sometimes feel more like a chore than the fun outing it once was. But, it’s still very important to me to feel good in what I’m wearing and I want great pieces in my closet, I just don’t want to go to the effort to get them there! (Now, I can relate to you even more and why you hire me! :))
The past two years, my style has had to revolve around the functionality of accommodating pregnancy and breastfeeding. During these phases, I found myself, unconsciously, relying on capsule wardrobes for each season as I didn’t have the time or budget to fill in with the variety I was accustomed to. And, to my own surprise, I discovered that I really enjoyed certain aspects of having fewer items to choose from. Mainly that it made getting dressed a lot simpler. I didn’t have to put a lot of effort into choosing what I was going to wear because there just weren’t that many choices. I like variety and do get bored easily so this aspect was a bit tough for me at times but the benefits of having go-to outfits that required less energy outweighed that downside for me at this stage of my life.
I have just finished weaning my son and now have the freedom to wear whatever I want this season! And yet, I’m finding myself wanting to stick with this capsule wardrobe idea. So far, it’s been out of necessity, but I’m intrigued by the idea of using this strategy a little more consciously for the summer season: creating a little mini section of my closet as my go-to pieces for the summer. I imagine this might mean setting aside pieces that I still want to keep but am tired of or not in the mood for right now as well as anything that’s not appropriate for the season or not right for my everyday lifestyle. I’ll still keep these pieces in my closet, organized by my favorite closet dividers (and can access them whenever I so choose – there are no rules here), but have a smaller section of items that are my everyday go-tos to mix and match.
I bet a lot of us do this to an extent anyway (that whole wearing 20% of your clothes 80% of the time) but the difference here is that I will consciously choose which pieces these will be and set them aside in their own section of the closet. The idea being that this will minimize the effort I put into choosing an outfit everyday because I won’t even be considering all that other stuff and I also won’t need or want to shop as much because I’ll see that I have everything I need right there in my closet.
I may decide to purchase a couple of items specifically to add to this little capsule wardrobe but once it’s in place, there shouldn’t be anything I “need”, allowing me to skip shopping if it’s feeling more like a chore and to just enjoy it and buy pieces I truly love if I do feel like it (again, there are no rules here).
I know this is probably a transitional strategy for me that just makes sense for my current phase of life as an entrepreneur and mom of young children who is about to make a cross-country move and will eventually return to enjoying the creative effort of getting dressed a bit more, but for now, this feels like it could work. I imagine creating a new little capsule wardrobe every three months or so for the new season, mainly using pieces that are already in my closet and adding a few pieces here and there. It will be an experiment.
Perhaps you are also in a phase of life when this might make sense for you. I’d love to help you experiment with this strategy too! I am still available in the DC/Northern Virginia area through the end of May and, starting in June will be available for style sessions in Grand Rapids, Michigan!