Capsule shopping deadlines

substances-colorful-color-pattern-86757.jpegI hesitate to throw a word like ‘spring’ around with reckless abandon but while the days remain cold, the sun is making more of an appearance. We’ve a while to go yet, weather and warmth wise, but we’re days away from the beginning of March.

Hello spring capsule – I feel you beckoning!

It will be similar but not identical to last year. The more I limit myself within the framework of the capsule wardrobe, the more familiar I become with my personal style. I’m better at deciding not only what suits me, but what suits my lifestyle – not the same thing.

I’ve also found it useful to have a bit of a shopping ban when a capsule starts. So, I decide what I’m keeping, what I’m putting back into storage, what pieces are trans-seasonal and what I need to let go. I then end up with a relatively small shopping list. I buy the pieces required and then don’t shop until the next capsule.

However, I just want to flag a potential pit in this plan. It may be just me, but I noticed when I was preparing for a couple of previous capsules, I felt a pressure to get all my shopping done by a particular date, ready to start wearing the next capsule and stop shopping.

Foolishly, I allowed myself to be too driven by an arbitrary date. This meant that I sometimes purchased pieces that vaguely met my criteria, but I could have done better, had I allowed myself more time. For example, I could have spent longer looking for pre-loved options or trawling charity shops or just shopping for pieces that met my objectives a bit more closely.

Sometimes, I started a capsule with a couple of key pieces missing because I didn’t find them in time. Now this is obviously not a big issue in itself and indeed, brought its own learning. But after a few seasons experimenting with a capsule wardrobe, I have relaxed the guidelines a bit.

If I don’t find a key piece, then I’ll work with what I have or just go without. But if I subsequently find something, mid-capsule, I’ve given myself permission to buy it! It doesn’t happen often but this way, I’ve taken the pressure off buying something that is just ‘meh’ because of an approaching deadline, which is wasteful and the very opposite of what I’m trying to achieve.

Roll on spring! Have a great week 😊

  6 comments for “Capsule shopping deadlines

  1. March 4, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Lisa, thanks as always for reading and commenting. You always write such lovely, long, insightful comments as well! You’re right about the whole point being to reduce stress, rather than increasing it. I sometimes think we live with stress so much that we can normalise it! Lxx


  2. Lisa | Simple Life Experiment
    March 4, 2018 at 1:38 am

    That’s wonderful that the sun is making more of an appearance over on your side of the world, Lorraine! I’ve seen a lot in the news lately about how cold it has been in Europe. Definitely not the case here; we have had stinking hot weather, as usual! Anyway, what an interesting reflection on your capsule process. I think that’s a great idea to do a shopping ban when your capsule starts but it’s great you decided to relax your guidelines a bit, too. That decision seems really in line with what the capsule is all about: creating a simple, streamlined way of dressing that reduces stress rather than increasing it!

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  3. February 25, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    What a fantastic point. As I’m preparing for my own capsule (I feel like I’ve been ‘preparing’ for a long time now!) I’m going to keep this in mind too. Even if you don’t find the exact right thing on the first day of the capsule, settling for something that’s not perfect is not going to help towards the goal of feeling amazing in every piece of clothing!

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    • February 25, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Hiya Steph, it’s awful how many times I’ve ‘settled’, thus defeating the ultimate goal of, as you say, ‘feeling amazing’ in everything. When I reflect, it seems so obvious but it’s so easy to just get caught up in the moment and, what’s even more annoying, trying to meet a deadline that only I know about!!! Thanks for reading, Lxxx

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  4. February 25, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much, Laurel 🙂 Yes, it’s the curated outcome, not the hastily thrown together one, that has longevity, Lxx


  5. February 25, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Oh how true this is for our home’s decor as well! We have clients who want a room finished so badly by a deadline that they sometimes buy things too quickly. Often spending too little and forgoing quality and character which is a waste of the money they did spend. A curated home, and wardrobe are always so much more appealing and the perfect LBD! Nice post to get us all thinking about spring!

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