Have you heard of the capsule wardrobe concept? How could you not? These days the minimalist inspired capsule wardrobe concept seems to be the latest craze to hit fashion blogdom. In essence the concept of a capsule wardrobe fascinates me and seems like such a GOOD idea. Who wouldn’t want a perfectly curated 37 piece wardrobe made up of interchangeable pieces that flow effortlessly together? Me! Me, I thought. I want that. Until, I realized that I didn’t. I even went so far as to fill out worksheets on my color palette, mood boards and wrote two blog pieces chronicling my process. I even posted one here.
I began to realize that I had a problem when the actual creation of my capsule wardrobe stopped being fun (which happened pretty quickly) and I kept cheating. First I decided not to include shoes as part of my 37 pieces because I had too many wonderful pairs that I wanted to keep wearing. Granted no one needs the number of shoes I have, but I truly love each and every one of them. Different heel heights and styles are important when creating various proportions and silhouettes I justified to myself. Then I decided not include accessories, because I mean it’s accessories that make an outfit.
After much agony, I did whittle my wardrobe down to 37 pieces (minus footwear & accessories) and I felt so uninspired by it. Yes it followed my carefully developed color palette and mood boards, but it bored the shit out of me. The thought of being limited to only those pieces for the spring season felt depressing. My husband (ever so helpful) advised that I just pretend to do the capsule wardrobe concept for the blog. It’s not like these people live with you and will actually know if you follow through with it. He had a point, but again that would be cheating.
Most importantly I broke the cardinal rule of building a capsule wardrobe. I kept ALL my pieces and hid them in a guest closet. This totally defeats the whole purpose of the capsule wardrobe and minimalism in general. Limiting yourself to a certain number of pieces, but hoarding the rest does not make one a good minimalist. It just makes you a big fat phony. I am not proud of this, but I only did the capsule wardrobe thing for three days. It only took three days for me to break and realize that I wanted more stuff (I mean options). So I decided to ax the whole idea. Who am I kidding? I am no minimalist and pretending to be one in order to have blog content is stupid and ridiculous. I may be a new blogger who doesn’t have many followers, but I don’t want to build an audience off a lie. I’d rather have no readers, then turn myself into something I’m clearly not. After all this is my hobby, not my job. So if I get a lot of followers then great, but if I don’t then at least I’ll have a good time taking photos and learning Photoshop.
Has anyone else tried the capsule wardrobe concept? Did you have any success at it or did you miserably fail at it like me? After trying the whole capsule wardrobe thing, I really have to wonder if there are other bloggers who are cheating at it too.