About 9 months ago, I came across a radical woman who wrote a creative blog that inspired me deeply. This catchy, dare I say genius, blog is called Un-Fancy. The author, Caroline, writes about her experiences with a unique project called a capsule wardrobe. The basics of a capsule wardrobe: Select 30-40 apparel items to wear for three months (a full season). You are not allowed to shop or wear anything other than these garments. You are forced to be creative with what you have + cherish the pieces you own. After the three months end, you use items you already own and purchase a few new pieces to create your next capsule wardrobe. You store away or donate any clothing you will not be using during that season.
Taking on the Challenge
After perusing over this innovative idea, I decided to take on the challenge. Starting last June, I whittled my wardrobe down to less than forty pieces for three months seasons at a time. Now it’s nearly March! I’ll admit I haven’t been perfect in the process. Here and there, I’ve purchased some must have thrift store finds or found darling pieces for free via clothing swaps (the weather in South Korea changes drastically and I didn’t plan each wardrobe as well as I thought!) But I resonate with the idea of living simply + ethically and feel that this experiment has been worthwhile in helping me detox from my desire for more stuff. I find myself being extra selective about what I purchase. By buying less, I am able to financially invest in quality, ethical, classic pieces that mix and match easily and uphold their craftsmanship.
Above are a few items in my current winter capsule wardrobe. I find my clothing via ethical brands, thrift stores, vintage shops, and clothing swaps.
Long Term Relationship?
Will I continue a capsule wardrobe long term? This is a question I ask myself every few months. I’ve entertained building a slightly larger year long capsule wardrobe, a daunting challenge indeed. What do I love about a capsule wardrobe? Contrary to what you’d think, I actually find getting ready easier and more efficient when I am limited in what to choose from. Instead of looking through countless tops, pants, skirts, and dresses, I know what is in my closet and I know what goes well together. Best of all? I actually wear everything I own! Ehem, we all know that but I might need it someday when I get invited to that specific event dress hanging in the back closet collecting dust. What I do know is this: I will never return to an overflowing closet I once owned. Over time, I want to continue to curate an ethical wardrobe that reflects my style and my convictions. Cheers to growing your mind and editing your closet… ethically, of course!