This Winter, I was finally able to shed my boring business-casual attire after leaving my 9 to 5. Given the change, I decided to try a capsule wardrobe. I selected about 40 items for my wardrobe and pledged to only wear those items till Spring time! I made it!
But this goes deeper than that, I have always had a complicated relationship with clothes. Buying was a stimulant for me at various points of my life. It probably started when my parents were getting divorced and my mom would take me clothes shopping every weekend to compensate for the other chaos in my life. I don't blame her of course, she was only trying her best. But it created a pattern which has taken me years to shake. Feel bad? Go buy something. Bad feelings come back? Go buy something else. Repeat cycle.
Don't get me wrong, I do love clothes. I worked retail for years in college and learned to appreciate cut, fabric and fit. But clothes were also a source of insecurity, debt, and shame for me. In college, I got into debt partially buying clothes every time there was a new event, or party for me to attend. Later in life, I used clothes to cover my body and gained weight during an unhappy period of my life. When I was happier I lost weight, but went back to buying things on a regular basis.
Then I had a child my body changed so much and my lifestyle became unrecognizable too! The mini-skirts of my past didn't translate into chasing an infant who is now a pre-schooler.
But my wardrobe consisted of pieces from all of those different parts of my past and present.
This capsule was a way for me to shed things that no longer suited me (either physically or emotionally) and to assess the actual wardrobe I had. I mean, did things actually match into useful outfits that made me feel good about myself? Was there pieces there that I actually loved? Did my closet feel curated or just thrown together? What was my actual style?
Read on to find out how I put together my capsule and what I discovered.
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