There are a few stalwart guidelines around, that can help with intentional purchasing and maintaining a capsule wardrobe. An oldie, but a goodie, is the ‘one in, one out’ rule. So, if you buy something new, then you remove something you already own.
Straightforward, no-frills, no room for negotiation and easy to follow. It find it effective!
I’ve applied this to many aspects of my life, not just clothes. It’s a helpful mindset to have.
If I go shopping, I try to be intentional anyway. There’s usually a gap in my wardrobe due to an existing item no longer suiting me, fitting me or getting too worn, or a new piece is required. I usually, therefore, have an idea of which piece I will be removing.
I find it easier this way around i.e. knowing what I’ll remove, before I purchase a new piece. That way, it’s clear in my head why I’m buying something new and it helps with the intentionality of purchasing. Because if I have to remove a piece from my wardrobe, the replacement has to be a lot better and I have to want and love it more. Otherwise, what’s the point?
I’ve tried doing it the other way around and, for me, it’s lethal! So, I would buy something pretty or on sale or because it caught my eye and then I would have to angst about what to let go when I got home. I could easily end up in the ridiculous situation of investing in a jacket but chucking a pair of socks! I would have kept to the guideline but totally missed the point. Now, I try to apply this guideline with similar categories of clothes.
BC (before capsule), I wouldn’t even have tried to apply this – hence a wardrobe that grew and grew and left me with nothing to wear!
It makes me think harder and it makes me consider any new purchases carefully and this way, I buy what I truly love or need.
Have a great week 😊