First things first. The cornerstone of a capsule wardrobe is your mindset. Our closets, thoughts, and emotions are tightly intertwined, and will work either for or against us. Whipping these into shape is the most important step toward a versatile wardrobe.
Here are a few examples and how to turn the tide to benefit you:
How you feel affects what you wear and vice versa.
- If you grab a pair of sweats and an old t-shirt to wear for the day, you will catch glances of yourself in the mirror, think you look tired, and then feel tired.
- Shift your mindset so it works for you: Take a few extra seconds to grab those comfy jeans and a cute sweater or blouse. You’ll find yourself feeling energized.
The thoughts you have about your closet become a reality; they can function as invisible barriers and hold both you and your closet back. Here are two examples:
- One: If you see your closet as holding “nothing” to wear, you will believe it. You’ll feel the need to add to it continuously to “finally” get it to where it should be. (Yet you never quite seem to get there.)
- Change your thinking: Set a timer for 5 minutes. Head to Pinterest or your favorite style blog and look for an outfit you can “duplicate” with what you have. Don’t have a striped button up? Use a plaid, gingham, or plain one instead. Like a color combination? Use your pieces to recreate it. When you give yourself a little push to think outside the box and come up with new combinations, you’ll begin to see that no matter the size or shape of your closet, you have more outfits than you realized.
- Two: Thoughts like, ‘I can’t wear that color,’ or ‘That is too nice of a shirt to wear,’ keep you in a self-imposed clothing rut.
- How to move past these thoughts: Test them. If they hold up, great; if not, you just opened the door to at least several new combinations.
If you don’t take time to consider your goals, you will never purchase purposefully.
This will not only benefit you:
- Going shopping without a list often results in us wearing a only fraction of our closets- most of what we bought was the thrill of a deal or a fun trend that lured us in. (I’m not against deals or trends, but they ought to be choices.)
- Turn the tide: Taking as few as 10 minutes to consider what you want to add to your closet and writing it down in a notebook or on your phone can help you become a wiser consumer. By adding purposefully to your wardrobe, you will save time, money, and guilt.
Thoughtful purchasing can also help others:
- Defining enough will simplify your life and the lives of those around you. Less stuff = less time doing maintenance and more time for important things, like family. And cheesecake.
- Buying less has a positive impact on the environment and can even save lives. More on this later, but here are a few reads if you want to dive in now. (Redress : The Issues // Danielle L. Vermeer via Sarah Bessey: In which slavery exists because of me < this one will mess you up in a good way. Consider yourself warned. :))
Now that we’ve looked at a few examples, it’s time to take action.
Identifying and changing your mindset is great in theory, but can be difficult to put into practice. Remember: this is a journey, not a sprint. Trying to discover and reprogram your thoughts right this second is impossible. Give yourself some grace and remember some beats none. Set yourself up for success by setting an attainable goal. Here are my suggestions for a starting point:
Tiny Baby Step 1: Get accountable.
If building a wardrobe purposefully is one of your goals, let us know! GTR is a great place of encouragement. You could also tell your BFF, spouse, or your dog. (I don’t suggest the last one if you want crazy good results. Only lots of sloppy kisses.)
Tiny Baby Step 2: Take a few minutes and post an answer to one of the questions below:
- How does my outfit today make me feel? Why?
- How do I feel about my closet, as-is?
- What one ‘turning the tide’ action will I take today?
Read more of the How To Build A Capsule Wardrobe Series.