Why I Can’t Do a Capsule Wardrobe

With my recent move, I kept trying to figure out how I was going to bring all my clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories with me. When I took a moment to think about it, I realized that I have so much stuff that I don’t like, don’t wear that often, and don’t need and yet I can’t seem to get rid of them.  Although I’ve recently thought about trying to form more of a capsule wardrobe, I’ve begun to realize that it just may not be for me.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

capsule wardrobe consists of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion. The pieces are very versatile, making them easy to mix and match with anything else in your wardrobe.

Because capsule wardrobes consist of all year round, versatile pieces, I often find that it leaves me wanting more: more trendy items, more flashy items, and more colorful items. The very idea of choosing a mere 15-20 pieces to wear consistently, bores me to tears! I love the idea that choosing an outfit becomes easier due to the sheer lack of choices, but at the same time, I HATE the lack of choices!

The Millennial Attitude Towards Fashion

When I was growing up I remember reading that many celebrities would only wear a dress once. I used to think that was crazy; what if they loved that dress, why can’t they just wear it again? But then as I grew up, I realized that I started falling out of love with some dresses after wearing them and being pictured in them.

My question is, have I just fallen prey to this millennial attitude that is geared towards always wanting more? More stuff, more experiences, and more fun? Or does this attitude just reflect my constantly morphing style preferences and my desire to keep things fresh and exciting?

Options Aren’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

I love sparkles. I love metallics.  I love pink! I love uncomfortable high heels. I love wearing sparkly jewelry. I love wearing a different pair of shoes everyday. I love scouring the internet for inspiration for a new look. I’m excited to move to a new city because I want to try out a new style. This isn’t a bad thing.

There are so many articles about how to start a capsule wardrobe. When I read them I become inspired and gleeful, and then I take a look at my closet trying to discard anything I haven’t worn in the past few years, but I find myself making excuses to keep items like a flashy leopard cardigan that I’ve never worn. I find myself saying things like, “What if leopard one day loses it’s cliche cougar reputation. What if leopard print becomes my new favorite obsession after the color pink? What if one day I wake up and decide I actually don’t hate leopard print and I don’t think it’s tacky?

Trends DO Resurface

It’s the circle of life.

I have two jean skorts (yes “skort” a skirt with shorts underneath) that I haven’t worn since high school and that would most definitely show off my lower butt cheeks, but I keep them thinking that if the “2004 style” resurfaces, I’ll be right on trend!

I’ve done preppy, I’ve done girly, I’ve done fancy, I’ve done classy, I’ve done scandalous, and I’m looking forward to trying boho.  Changing my style regularly is what keeps fashion exciting for me.  This is why I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am currently not interested in pursuing a capsule wardrobe.  That is why I ended up trying to figure out how to cram 50 pairs of shoes into four suitcases!

Everything in Moderation (Even Moderation)

Although I won’t be committing to a capsule wardrobe anytime soon, I will definitely think about the versatility of a piece before buying it. I’m slowly moving past those days of purchasing 5-inch platform heels that I used to call my “dinner shoes” because I couldn’t walk in them, so I’d simply wear them while sitting and eating dinner.  I’ve grown to think about comfort and versatility more and more as I buy new items to enhance my personal style. While I’m still a fan of anything pink and sparkly, I can also see the value in a classic little black dress or a pair of solid colored pumps.

capsule wardrobe

Investing in a Few Basics

My wardrobe is actually pretty devoid of many “basic” items. I always used to avoid buying basic tees and basic cardigans because I wanted to save my money for the inevitable crazy, wild pink color-blocked, geometric, 5-inch high heels that I knew I would inevitably fall madly in love with to the point where I couldn’t get my mind off them. But now I’ve realized that my wardrobe is sorely lacking in versatile basics. I’ve accepted the fact that I should hold off on buying crazy pieces at the moment, and instead focus on buying quality, casual pieces that will support and nurture my low maintenance easy-going lifestyle.




One thought on “Why I Can’t Do a Capsule Wardrobe

  1. barrettadeb says:

    Molly, like you, I simply can not do a capsule wardrobe. I just adore clothing too much. My suggestion to you would be to just let go of the items never worn. You can donate or set up an online boutique & make a little money to purchase those basics you are after. Hope that helps love. A fellow pink lover,


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