Packing light for 2 nights – Corporate Wear

One other thing that I’ve gotten brilliant at since living with the principles of a capsule wardrobe, is packing light!

Living with a smaller amount of items to choose from each day helps us know our clothing really well. You begin to learn your favourite outfits, decision making around getting dressed becomes a cinch and you’re so less likely to need to try on all of your options before deciding on an outfit.

Throughout my years packing for weekends away and trips overseas, I have found I am slowly transforming away from the over packer with the ridiculously heavy suitcase that hardly zips up.

On a recent trip to away for two nights for work, I wore six items of clothing on the way there, my watch and handbag, I packed an additional 7 items of clothing for two nights, and two days plus 4 items of clothing for workout wear.

Here’s what wore for the three days, (I was still in my winter capsule wardrobe at this time)…

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And here’s how I wore it…

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In the past, I would have packed at least a spare five items “just in case” because I wouldn’t know what I would end up feeling comfortable wearing, what would fit me well, what would go with what, and just because I was so used to having an array of options.

Another notch to the benefits of capsule wardrobing!

Jess

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Jess’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe

My Spring capsule wardrobe is finally locked in!

And this one was a challenge. After four months of being on a shopping ban, I struggled to “let go” of the rules, to deal with the guilt of shopping and then I relapsed and over-shopped! Trying to then fit the 26 new items into my preferred 40 item capsule wardrobe then became a bit of a riddle!

For my winter capsule wardrobe, my breakdown was as follows:

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Tops: 14

Sweaters & Cardigans: 5

Pants: 6

Skirts: 3

Jackets/Coats/Outerwear: 8

Dresses: 1

TOTAL: 37

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Minimalism Bust. The shopping ban was over and so she shopped! Up. A. Storm.

My dear OHH followers and newbies alike. Recovering shopaholics, shopping ban battlers… I must tell you something. For I have sinned!

Oh yes people, ohhhh yes! I have experienced a relapse of mammoth proportions!

See, my plan for capsule wardrobe rotation was as follows…

  1. Identify what to keep in my wardrobe from winter to spring
  2. Identify what to take out of storage for spring
  3. Identify the gaps that need filling
  4. Shop for those gaps, mindfully, intentionally and within a reasonable budget (erm, keyword here, just keep in mind… reasonable!)
  5. take everything out of the wardrobe, and mindfully curate the options and place back in the wardrobe a selected 30 to 45 pieces
  6. allow another week to trial the selection and edit further if needed
  7. lock down the spring capsule wardrobe by the 12th of September

I dutifully started this process and here you can read about what I chose to keep on from my existing wardrobe. And here you can read about the gaps I decided required a shopping venture to fill.

At that point, step3,  I was very confused to say the least. I didn’t desire or long for hitting the shops. Shopping felt so foreign after months of avoiding their glittery shiny new-ness! I felt very lost and very much like I’d forgotten how to shop! Lets face it, shopping for me in the past has been all about frivolity and fun. Lest be honest, I was pretty careless in the past! I wasn’t sure being mindful was something I could do when released “into the wild”. I feared failure, relapse and the unknown! The adrenalin and excitement of a shopping trip evaded me. Such an odd and empty feeling that I’d never felt about the possibility of adorning beautiful new items. I was scared and hesitant.

I scoured online stores, browsed some shops and couldn’t comprehend the spring fashions and how they would fit in my capsule, which was at the same time seemingly becoming old and tired. I hunted excessively online for “smart” items that were wearable, mindful and practical and fit my “gaps”.

I built up the courage, and with a work trip to Melbourne I had the a perfect opportunity to use some after work time to set out with my shopping list, and complete the feared purchases.  And here comes the accountability….Read More »

Spring Capsule Wardrobe gaps identified!

spring capsuleAfter curating my Autumn Winter capsule wardrobe, and choosing key existing pieces that will hang in there for my Spring , it became time to consider what I needed from the big wide outside world; aka the shops!

Pictured here are the winning pieces that will roll over from my Winter wardrobe through to Spring, some of which have been dug out of my storage options.

So, I plan to fill my identified gaps with a spot of forbidden shopping… my heart sinks with fear just thinking of it! Can you believe a once thriving shopping obsessed lady now fearful of a venture to the shops. “Can I do this?” I ask myself.

Here’s the shopping list:

1. Corporate pants

I started with 3 at the start of my winter capsule. With one pair ready for the trash, and another just uncomfy due to an odd length, I’m down to one. A new pair is on the list!

2. A corporate skirt. My winter skirt was a thick woolen a-line flare skirt. Time for a more summery replacement! Still loving the A-line flicky style though!

3. Spring Dress

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Preparing a Spring Capsule Wardrobe- What’s staying and what’s going?

It’s almost spring… and you know that means? Capsule wardrobe rotation time!

This is my first ever capsule rotation, and one thing I’ve learned is that rotation is a very different story to starting your first capsule wardrobe, that’s for sure.

The first time around, I was very focused on de-cluttering, clearing the way for my glory pieces to shine through and get the love and attention they deserve. It’s initially an intriguing new concept; living with less, a little scary and exciting all the same.

On the 19th of April 2015, I locked down my first ever capsule wardrobe, and enforced a strict and reasonably successful shopping ban. I was on a mission! I saved a bunch and shopped a whole lot less than what I had in the past. And I loved it. I loved living from my 40 items that whittled down to 33 after a month or so as I became more aware of what I wanted to wear and what I loved! I also became very used to not wasting time thinking about clothing, not having to make decisions about what to wear, and everything fashion related just became a whole lot easier!

So come rotation time, I became a little displaced. It was a scary thought to “break the rules” and shop for a few new spring pieces. To make decisions again and be faced with a world full of confusing choices, not just from my stored clothing, but potentially the world of scary and long time forbidden beautiful options in the shops. God forbid!

I was on such a roll I had contemplated to continue the shopping ban and shop from my own wardrobe. I’d gotten rid of so so much unloved clothing in my big declutter, I didn’t miss any of it, but I surely didn’t have as many spring options to choose from. So before I went ahead to make any brash decisions about what to buy, not to buy, whether to shop or not to shop, I took the first baby steps to weigh up my options…

1. Decide what’s staying

2. Decide what’s being stored away, trashed or donated

3. Decide what’s coming out of storage

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My Capsule Wardrobe and Non-Shopping journey so far | 13 weeks

Hi all!

Over the past few months I’ve shared with you all my advice and tips on what’s worked for me in tackling over-shopping and the benefits of a capsule wardrobe.

But today I thought it was a good time to reflect on my personal progress so far.

“The only good thing to do with advice is pass it on, it’s never of any use to oneself” | Oscar Wilde

I started with my capsule wardrobe on the 19th of April 2015. It was 6 months after the idea first came to mind and I had avoided the concept in fear that a capsule wardrobe would come between me and my love for fashion & looking stylish. Read More »

A Shopaholic Living with a Capsule Wardrobe- The Ten Week Mark

When I first started my capsule wardrobe, I intrinsically knew that it would support my over-shopping-recovery, however I just wasn’t sure exactly how. After researching and reading plenty of blogs, comments and YouTube clips of likeminded capsule-wardrober’s I found that many never really shared  their personal growth or the bumps in the road on their journey, so I thought I’d share my progress…Read More »