I 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 😊