Over the past couple of years, I've been working on simplifying my wardrobe and incorporating my personal belief that investing in quality over quantity is better (both for me and for the world). I have not officially joined the movement on the capsule wardrobe because I've been afraid it would be too limiting, to be perfectly honest. Fashion is an area where I love to feel like myself - and I don't want to be confined.
Earlier this year, I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. I know this seems like quite the detour from capsule wardrobes, but stick with me. In his best-selling book, Clear writes, "the more decisions your brain has to make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain." This makes so much sense to me. How many times have I stood in my closet looking at countless options thinking, "What am I going to wear today?" Or, "I have nothing to wear." I want getting dressed to feel easier - a place where I feel nothing but empowered and joy. Plus having fewer items to choose from will immediately eliminate some decision fatigue.
I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want my wardrobe to look like, feel like, and express. Right now, here are my answers:
I want my clothes to look chic, classic, and chill.
I want to feel at ease, confident, and beautiful in my clothes and proud of what I'm wearing.
And I want my clothes to express my values, aesthetic, and point of view.
For the month of October, I'm going to challenge myself to put this into practice by wearing 31 items of clothing all month long. I'm very curious to see if I feel confined or if I feel freedom. I'll definitely report back!
I'll be back next week with my final selections!
What are your thoughts on capsule wardrobes?
I am never exactly sure what they mean by a “capsule wardrobe”? How many items constitutes a capsule?
But I love your idea, Abby! I can’t wait to see how your 31 pieces works out! :)