Well, we did it! If you have been watching my Youtube channel from the start, we have completed a full year of capsule wardrobes. I have to say, paring down and only keeping the clothes that I love has truly been life-changing. Around this time last year I was constantly shopping, trying to fill voids in my life with material things. I thought if I had a fuller closet, I would have a fuller life. Crazy, right?
We live in a world that thrives on consumerism and the desire for more, more, MORE! The American Dream revolves around keeping up with the Jones', a concept that nobody can ever attain and be truly content. It is when we become aware of the simple blessings in everyday life, that we realize the "stuff" we are all after really doesn't matter.
Now, I am not saying that going shopping every once and a while is a bad thing. (Draper James, anyone??) I personally love to shop, what woman doesn't? It is when we shop mindlessly buying things that we don't need, or really even like, that it becomes a problem.
Having a capsule wardrobe for a full year has taught me more than I imagined it would. Yes, it has its challenges, but the pros FAR outweigh the cons. Here is what I have learned from my year long experiment with Project 333.
1. Having a signature style is IMPORTANT!
Okay, so if you're a guy you were probably turned off of project 333 after reading my first point (lol). Hear me out. Since a capsule wardrobe consists of around 30-40 pieces per season, it is very important that all of your clothes go together. For example, if you have about 5 different styles (preppy, hipster, classic, feminine, glam, whatever.) mixed into your wardrobe, it is going to be hard for your capsule to reach its full potential. My advice to you is to go on Pinterest and create a 'style' board. Then scroll through and pin a multitude of different outfits that you like for inspiration. After you do that, look for repeats. For example, on my Pinterest board, I've repeatedly pinned outfits with polka dots, ruffles, ankle boots, and lots of scarves. These are items that I tend to gravitate toward, and I know I would love wearing in my capsule. So get to pinning and figure out your style!
2. Be Ruthless!
By now, I'm sure most of you have heard of The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. The Kon Mari way has been taking the Youtube community by storm. If you haven't read her book, I'll let you in on her #1 tip to ask yourself when paring down your wardrobe, decluttering your home, etc. Ready? "Does it spark joy?" If it doesn't, it goes. Why keep something that you don't even like? I don't understand it. When initially decluttering my wardrobe, I realized a lot of my clothes I didn't really even like for one reason or another. I think we are often worried that we need it one day, etc. However, 99% of the time you will probably never need it. However, if you are still on the fence about some items: here's a tip. Box them up and put the box in the attic. After 6 months, if you haven't reached for it, in the donation bin it goes. Be Ruthless!!
3. Less is More
After having a curated wardrobe full of only the things I love, I have to say, less really is more! It has been so much easier to get dressed and put together outfits when my closet is filled with only what I love. We are wired to think we need more than we really do. When you begin to simplify your life in all areas, you are able to see the bigger picture more clearly. When you think about it, you really only need about 2 weeks worth of outfits (although some would argue even less!) So why do we feel the need to cram hundreds of items into our bedroom sized walk in closets? Think of the people you could bless by donating your gently used clothes too! Also, think how much your wallet will thank you when you're not feeling the need to browse the clothes section at Target every-time you shop. I promise you, less really is more.
So there you have it, the three biggest things I learned from having a tiny wardrobe for a year. On March 29th, I posted my Spring 2016 capsule on Youtube. I have to say, it is my favorite one yet! Be on the lookout for a blog post coming soon! In the mean time, here are links to my previous capsule wardrobe videos. (by the way, I have since gotten a new camera! Yay for better quality!!)
Spring 2016 Capsule Wardrobe!: Click here
Winter 2015/2016 Capsule Wardrobe: Click here
Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe: Click here
Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe: Click here
Spring 2015 Capsule Wardrobe: Click here