I’m a sucker for a wardrobe challenge, and #20itemsin21days came at the perfect time. I’m in the middle of the three-month shopping ban. I decided not to purchase any clothing or accessories for the first three months of the year in order to better assess why I buy and what I buy.
Mostly when I’ve shopped, it’s just out of curiosity and impulse. I rarely carefully plan my purchases, save for just the right item, or think about how a piece will fit into the rest of my wardrobe. I might wander into the Gap and browse the new arrivals, pleasantly surprised when I find a sale and simply must have that top because it’s 30% off and it’s the last one in my size.
I’m not saying that shopping that way is no good, but it’s not as compelling to me anymore, and I’m–quite literally–running out of room in my wardrobe. My kid is growing and our one-bedroom San Francisco apartment is not, so being more thoughtful about what I buy just makes sense. Beyond that, I’m feeling more comfortable with my personal style, and I like the idea of having mostly staple pieces built around that style. Finally, I’m a mom, so simpler and minimalist is just easier. It’s the whole “look-put-together-without-trying-too-hard” approach that appeals to me.
All of this thinking was a great introduction to the idea of a capsule wardrobe. And as fate would have it, I ran across Paige of Style This Life on Instagram and her Mini Winter Capsule Challenge. And I thought I’d give it a go.
But here’s the thing: I still haven’t picked my 20 items. Why? Well, my wardrobe and dresser live in my 13 month old’s room and by the time I think about pulling together 20 items, he’s already asleep and I don’t want to mess with the sleeping toddler. So I’ve been building my capsule day by day, piecemeal. So far, I have 11 items: one jumpsuit, one dress, two pairs of jeans, some drapey pants, two lightweight sweaters, one striped tee, a pair of sandals and some Chelsea boots.
Here’s how the first week went:
Would you give a capsule wardrobe a shot?