A Capsule Wardrobe Phase 2: The Thought Process

Yesterday we starting talking about Capsule Wardrobes and defined what they are a little bit. If you haven’t read that piece yet then lets start there.

The Capsule Wardrobe: The Definition

Lets address the tough part of this right off the bat: What we think tends to be what our outcome is.

If I am thinking that I have nothing to wear in my closet, then no matter how many things I buy I will still not have anything to wear. The idea of a capsule wardrobe, from what I am discovering, is to take the things you do have and get creative. If you love every detail of everything in your closet then you will never have a doubt in wearing it.

Right now I struggle with multiple issues on nearly everything in my closet

  • It doesn’t fit right
  • I don’t like how it lays
  • It’s uncomfortable
  • I don’t have anything to wear it with
  • I love the idea of it, but when I put it on it just doesnt work
  • It’s slightly damaged or over worn
  • I only like it with that one pair of jeans, and they’re nowhere to be found
  • I don;t love this, but it was a gift

These are the reasons I take things on and off a hundred times in the morning. Wouldn’t it be great to look in my closet and know:

  • This fits perfectly and flatters my body type
  • This will work with nearly anything in my closet
  • I am comfortable and relaxed, but look put together in this
  • I can dress this up or down

Now THAT would save time!

Another issue I mentally run into is that when I have things in my closet that allow me to be lazy in my style then I FEEL lazy in my style. On those off days when I can’t find anything to wear, or when I’m just feeling like comfort is my top priority I tend to lean towards my unflattering things. I naturally gravitate towards a baggy tank top, hoodie, and leggings. I go here because I don’t own many things that are comfortable AND look put together. And I just plain don’t feel like digging for/ thinking about what to wear. But the truth is that how I dress is typically how I feel. If I’m walking around all day looking lazy and tired, then I will typically feel lazy and tired. If I am comfortable yet polished, I feel comfortable and refined.

Clothing has a way of defining you. You can argue that it doesn’t all you want, but it does determine the way others perceive you, as well as the way you perceive yourself, how you carry yourself, and how you feel that day. Changing how you get dressed each morning has the potential to change your world.

Now, if we plan on being intentional about detoxing our closet and only leaving room for a few perfect items, then we also need to be intentional about what we add into later.

When shopping for new items it will be very important to change the way you shop (ahem, this one cuts deep… personally. Change my shopping habits? Don’t splurge?! No binging?! okay,,, deep breaths.) It’s time to be intentional in my purchases. No more buying things because it’s a good deal, or because it’s cute. Purchases are made because they are essential to building that seasons capsule. Shopping is still allowed (unless you simply can’t resist splurging,) but you will know exactly what you are looking to purchase.

Let’s take a look at what it takes to build a capsule wardrobe.  Head on over to Phase 3 of The Capsule Wardrobe: The Purge

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