The idea was originally introduced in the 70’s but has really caught some attention over the last few years. To develop a capsule wardrobe you are supposed to narrow down your clothing items to a few “timeless” pieces, within a similar color palette, to provide multiple mix and match options.
If you know me well, I have never claimed to be a fashionista. In fact I was notoriously known for being a tomboy in my early years. However, over the past few years, I have begun developing my taste and style in clothing. When I first started this process, I still had clothing from High School. (I’ve been out of High School for over 10 years) For all of you that just got nauseous, no worries. I have since gained weight and the fantasy of wearing the same clothes significantly beyond their shelf-life and reasonable style range is far behind me!
Before starting, I set up three questions establishing ground rules that were non-negotiable:
With these guidelines, I was off to the races. Filling garbage bags to donate and, for some of the more stylish pieces, to sell to local consignment stores. I felt like I was doing well. Keep in mind, most of the articles I read encouraged me to keep 35 items or less. Further into this process, it quickly became clear this would be an impossible task.
I’m not sure what climate these authors live in but they definitely aren’t North of the Mason Dixon. Moving into my winter wear, I had to think through how many articles of clothing I would need to wear each day. Let me fill you in on a secret, if you don’t live anywhere near New England, I personally wear a minimum of 9 articles of clothing EVERY DAY! Layering is critical to surviving the winters here. Coming to this realization was a defining moment.
I am a competitive woman! When I came upon the realization this was not entirely feasible, I was quite frustrated. I had been so excited to minimize my belongings and simplify my mornings as all of these writers and friends had encouraged me to do. The ever important lesson I was reminded of, “Don’t class or compare yourselves one person to another”(2 Corinthians 12:10). Ha, seriously though, I had to figure out what worked best for me. What was feasible but healthy.
If you are working towards improving your life, whether it be a capsule wardrobe or something more serious, do not allow yourself to be affected by the failures or successes of others. You are unique your journey is unique. As you work to grow in your life just know that you are not alone. Your path is unique but we share common experiences and One BIG God. We are all in it with you sister! Take one day at a time and trust that the time and efforts you are putting in are worth it.