I felt a great sense of satisfaction recently, when I completed my spring capsule wardrobe. Not only had I a well-rounded set of clothes, that were favourites and functional, but I don’t need to go clothes shopping again until the next season approaches.
It’s not that I dislike shopping – very far from it – but one advantage for me of the capsule wardrobe is that I feel a sense of completion and contentment. If I were to go shopping, what would I shop for? I don’t need anything for this season and it’s too early to go shopping for next season. I’m still losing a bit of weight, although within half a stone of my goal, so I don’t want to buy the wrong size. When I plan my summer capsule, I will do a seasonal inventory before deciding if I need anything and then I will buy for the size I am at that point.
There is a word that I have noticed more and more, both within the minimalist community and elsewhere – ‘lagom’. Apparently, it’s a Swedish word meaning ‘just the right amount’. I’m not saying my capsule wardrobe is perfect, but it’s perfect for me at this moment in time. Another two to three months will tell me what worked and what didn’t, before beginning the cycle again. But for now, lagom sums up where I am with my clothes.
An added advantage is the feeling of falling back in love with some old pieces that haven’t seen the light of day for a few months, or even longer. As I do four capsules a year, I don’t have enough time to get tired of any one item. Unpacking clothes from storage (aka the chest of drawers) is like greeting old friends and gaining new ones, all at the same time. Some pieces that used to be favourites, but now no longer fit me, I let go with little regret. The main reason, at the moment, is that they are too big for me, so letting them go is a really easy choice to make. And, as I mentioned in my last post, I am getting better at resisting the urge to replace them, in my current size, regardless of whether I actually require that item!
Do you do a capsule wardrobe? Do any of the above points resonate for you? Or perhaps you have identified different benefits. It would be great to hear what they are 🙂