I recently read an article about the benefits of creating a capsule wardrobe for yourself & I think once and for all, I need to give it a go!
I'll admit it. I'm a bit of a shopaholic. I also have an expansive wardrobe. But, with a closet full of clothes, I continually find myself going back to thesame pieces.
Every season, I try to pair it down. I also made a rule for myself. Buy something new, and donate or consign at least two items in exchange for the ones just purchased. If I do this long enough, eventually I get there...right?
Here are some of the benefits of creating a streamlined wardrobe:
1. Fewer decisions.
Feel like you make too many decisions in your personal or professional day to day life? Eliminating even one decision- what you put on in the morning- could leave you with more mental space & energy at the beginning of your day.
2. Less time wasted.
Pairing down your wardrobe makes getting ready more efficient.
3. Less stress.
Ever spend time getting dressed in the morning, get to where you need to be and realize you made the wrong wardrobe choice? Creating a signature look for yourself can help.
4. Less wasted energy.
Large wardrobes require more decision-making. They also require more maintenance, and more organization.
5. Feeling put together.
Having fewer choices might sound limiting, but if you look and feel good in everything that you own, this will translate into your mood & the overall energy you give off.
As humans, we crave continuity. Create your own version of a uniform.
7. Less expense.
The average person spends $1,700 annually on clothing, but most clothing purchases are not based on need. Imagine if you only purchased clothing when you NEEDED it?
8. More peace.
Last month, Drew Barrymore wrotean article for Refinery 29 highlighting her new stage of life and relationship with clothes. “For starters, I’m almost 40, and the 20s clothes don’t make sense anymore. And, after two babies, the 30s clothes don’t fit anymore. I am at a clothing crossroads, and it’s a painful one at times.” To counter these feelings, Drew put herself on a closet diet limiting her wardrobe and only buying items thoughtfully. Months later, her closet is “sane and happy.” Getting dressed is no longer a battle. And her fashion sense is “now calmer and more peaceful.”
So...how exactly can you reach this wardrobe Nirvana?
If it doesn't fit properly- toss it.
If you haven't worn it in three months- toss it.
If it doesn't reflect your personal style- toss it.
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