Welcome to a new series – Capsule Wardrobe 101! In my last post, I mentioned how important it was for me to figure out what my style is and what my style basics are. In this series I plan to share a few things that capsuling has taught me about myself and my wardrobe.
What we wear says a lot about who we are, what we do, what we like and so much more. Finding happiness and true satisfaction with your style is difficult; it’s even harder when you are dissatisfied with yourself. In my opinion, living successfully with a capsule wardrobe is about first learning to be content with yourself – body and mind.
Self confidence comes from within, not from what you wear or own. It’s true, my favorite dress can make me feel polished but what happens when it’s gone? How do I feel then? Am I still content with myself? It boils down to learning your insecurities and what triggers them to resurface. Let’s face it, learning to control your insecurities isn’t going to happen over night.
I love my wardrobe but it took some time to get there. I’ve always loved to shop (I still do) but I often used to shop for no reason. I’d always come back home with trendy pieces that didn’t match my style or with emotional driven purchases that were ill-fitting or cheap. I was shopping out of boredom – made evident from the items in my closet. It just didn’t make sense. After deciding that change was necessary, I tried to shop with intention. However, I had never done that in the past. It took me a good year to figure out what my style basics were and how to shop with accurate intention. The core of my wardrobe – my style basics – are a flattering shape for my body, comfortable and versatile. These are the principles that I shop by – they’re what I consider essential and when I look in a mirror I see my true self.
No matter what I wear or however simple it is, I know that if I follow these guidelines I will always feel comfortable.
Clothes are a necessity for everyday living; we can’t go about our business without them. However, when I think of them as only a covering, it allows me to focus on improving what truly matters – my inner happy self. Yes, clothes are a way to express our creativity but they are only an accessory that aids in making our personality shine. Wouldn’t you agree?