Month 2 of my first attempt at a capsule wardrobe was pretty successful.
I did find myself feeling tempted to wear yoga pants and a t-shirt around town a few times. This mostly happened on the weekends when I was pretty tired and just had a couple of small errands to run, like going to the grocery store. It seemed silly to change my clothes, fix my hair, etc. just to get a jug of milk. I
may have totally cheated on this a couple of times. Other than that, I stuck to my capsule wardrobe for everything else.
Here are a couple of lessons I learned about living with a capsule wardrobe during the second month of my experiment:
The Urge to Shop
I haven’t really had the urge to shop yet. I’m 2 months in and the only things I’ve wanted to buy are shoes, jewelry, a black purse to replace my worn out one, and a pair of sunglasses. Other than that, I’ve held onto the no shopping part of having a capsule wardrobe pretty well.
The Number of Items
I was pretty lienient with myself on the rules for this first attempt at a capsule wardrobe. I have a 38 item capsule and it doesn’t include shoes. Now that I’m 2 months in I definitely think my capsule could have been smaller. There are a couple of things I haven’t worn at all yet and some that have only been worn once.
Some Items are Staples
At the other end of the spectrum, there are some things I’ve worn the heck out of already, like my jeans and my black capris for work. I can definitely see why they say you need to buy higher quality clothing when you own less of it. It gets worn and washed all the time and that makes it wear out faster.
I have been doing my best to wear my pants twice and my shirts and jackets 2-3 times before washing them so they last longer. That might sound gross, but I literally put them on and sit at a desk all day. Then I come straight home and take them off. I don’t sweat and unless I spill food or drink on them, they never look dirty. I haven’t worn anything out and I don’t think I will in the remaining months, but I do understand the need for higher quality now.
I know it’s only just barely July, but I’m looking forward to planning my next capsule for fall already. Fall is my favorite season and I think it’s going to be a fun capsule to build and wear!