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While the weather can’t decide if it’s done with winter, I know that I am! In a my own way to will winter away, I’m planning on switching out my fall/winter capsule wardrobe for the spring/summer, and wanted to give my take on how the capsule wardrobe fared.
You can read about how I got started, how I decided what I needed, what I kept for my fall/winter capsule wardrobe. I will say, it did help to initially turn my hangers the wrong way so I knew what I had worn and what I hadn’t.
What I Learned
As of right now there are only two items with the hangers facing the wrong way and those items happen to be dresses. I didn’t have anything that I needed to wear dresses to this winter. This meant that I wore everything that I had in the closet at least once, which was the goal. There was only one instance where I felt that I was in a slump, so it was nice to have the pictures of the different way I wore my clothes for inspiration.
Getting dressed was super fast since I didn’t have much to choose from. Since all that I picked for the capsule wardrobe was intentional, I didn’t feel like I was lacking all that much. Except for when it came to color and apparently I really like gray.
What Did I Buy
I only bought one pink sweatshirt, a white T-shirt, a white tank top, a magenta tank top, and a pair of gray tennis shoes. The pink sweatshirt is actually super stylish and helps to break up all the gray. The white T-shirt was bought to replace one that had seen better days. The tank tops were bought with the intention of adding to the spring/summer capsule wardrobe, but were nice layering pieces in the fall/winter capsule. The gray tennis shoes were actually a Goodwill find for only $5 and I just couldn’t pass up. (They’ve become a comfy staple in my closet as of late.) All in total, I spent $35 on all 5 items and the best part, they’ll move into my spring/summer capsule wardrobe.
Any time I went shopping I looked at items, but I slowed myself down a bit and asked myself those key questions that I had in the How to Maintain Your Capsule Wardrobe printable.
What Won’t Be Returning And Adjustments For Next Year
I’m taking a hard look at the two dresses that I didn’t wear. While I didn’t have anything that I needed to wear dresses to this past fall/winter, I don’t know that it is necessary to keep both. There are a couple other items that I know I didn’t wear much and a couple that I wasn’t in love with so they’ll move to the maybe pile.
No more gray. Seriously. When it’s time to make the switch to the fall/ winter capsule later this year, if I add anything new, it has to have color. Or at least any color other than gray.
What Did I Love
Like I mentioned earlier, I loved that it didn’t take me long to decide what to wear. No more standing and staring into my closet. It also made me do my laundry and stay on top of it, especially since I didn’t have as many clothes. (The younger people in my household need to get on board with this.) I loved the challenge of not shopping and spending a ton because I felt an obligation to stick to the challenge. No more excess spending on clothes I didn’t need. Oh and I gained a TON of space in my closet. Even my husband made the comment one day that my closet felt empty.
Looking to my spring/summer capsule wardrobe pieces I can already see that I am lacking a great deal. Not just in color, but mainly in options. Recently I have lost and maintained the loss, of almost 20 pounds! Which meant that when I did the initial purge, I lost a great deal of my spring/summer clothing. Of course I’ll pull it all first to see what I actually have and decide if there is anything specific I need.
Overall, I really enjoyed the challenge. It forced me to concentrate on what I had and made me really ask myself what I truly needed. In this season of being more intentional, I never felt like I was deprived or missing out. And those black boots I mentioned in the final thoughts post, I never did buy them and found that I didn’t need them.
Let me know if you too created a capsule wardrobe! What were your successes, failures, and are you planning on doing the spring/summer capsule wardrobe?
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