Summer Capsule Wardrobe – Update

So.. You know how I said my summer capsule wardrobe would be around 60 items because of the weird weather? Well, I thought about it more and now have a 40-45 piece capsule wardrobe.

So that’s my general update for you.
I’ll be posting all the items this week.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe – An Introduction

Let us try a capsule wardrobe season one more time.

Here’s some information about the summer capsule before we get started:

  • This capsule includes more items that normal (I think 60?) but they will not all be staying in my wardrobe. It is June currently in Nova Scotia but it is still incredibly cold so there are many days where I will need a sweater, hopefully the weather will change soon but until then I need to keep some more “transitional” items in my wardrobe.
  • There are a few items in my capsule that I tend to only wear when it is CRAZY hot (so mid-July) so I would say these also go into the “transitional” item category.
  • There are three items that I will be altering and trying to make work – the overalls, the Vegas shirt and the long floral dress. I wanted to include them because I assume that once I have them working around
  • My sister is getting married this summer so that is why I have a few more “dresses” in the capsule so that I can wear them/look appropriate for the events leading up to her wedding. I am not including my Maid of Honour dress because I do not have it yet/have no idea what it will be yet.
  • Some of the items are missing from the capsule pictures because it was laundry day when I took them but I’m pretty sure it’s like two shirts, a light sweater and a romper.  But I will try to post pictures of them soon.
  • There are a few items I may actually remove from my capsule, because I just noticed that I have 3 black tank tops that look incredibly similar. But I will keep you updated.

 

Like last season I will be posting all the items in different categories, every category will have their own post and at the end I will post a tally of what items I have.

No Shame in Bailing

You know how I mentioned that I had already failed my Spring Capsule? Well… I failed it even more, I failed it so much that I think the best idea would be to bail and start again.

I need to solve my spending problem – just this weekend I bought two shirts. I somehow got back into my terrible habit of spending all of my paycheque two days after I got it. Thats not a good way to live, that is dangerous because now I have to borrow money from D to pay for my eye exam.

I need to change, I need to fix myself.

I’m not going to beat myself up about bailing on the capsule wardrobe and starting again, that’s fine and it happens, it was my first true capsule and I learned something. But I can’t pretend like I’m okay with my spending habits or that it’s okay that I went from having $450 to having $30 in a matter of days.

I think what I’m going to do is track my spending, everything I buy and everything that comes in and goes out. Maybe for a month, maybe longer – because I know that’s what they do on Money Moron and that’s what I am. I think seeing a professional would be a good idea but I’m not sure.

But I think it’s a mindset thing, I think my issue is in me – I need to figure out why my spending habits are like this and I need to find better, more productive ways of living.

Does anyone out there have any tips on how to stop a terrible terrible spending habit?

Capsule Wardrobe Fail

I have failed my capsule wardrobe already, I failed 12 days in because I felt super spendy on my birthday and I was in a “treat yo’self” mood.  I will say that two things I bought were replacements for other items that needed replacement so I am not too upset about those pieces but I did not need the two tank tops I bought to be quite honest.

What do you guys do if you “fail” a challenge you set out for yourself? Would you have returned the clothes? Would you accept your mistake and move on?

 

… I don’t feel too much remorse about it.. Should I?

Four Things – Shopping Freeze

Okay, so as we all know I am currently on a shopping/spending freeze when it comes to fashion but it has come to my realization that within the next few weeks there are going to be four items that will be coming into my life. Only one of which I will be purchasing with my own money.

  1. A pair of black slip-on vans – I accidentally donated my fake ones and I truly have been missing them for months (this will be D’s birthday gift to me)
  2. A black t-shirt – You will see in the coming months how much black I wear so this is an essential item that I might be super picky about when choosing (this is what i asked my mother to buy me for my birthday)
  3. Rainboots – In an ideal world I would have a beautiful pair of Hunter Rainboots, and that could very well happen because one April goal (there’s more, stay tuned) is to buy a quality pair of rainboots that actually fit (this will be the thing I purchase myself)
  4. A set of matching pyjamas – I want a matching pyjama set that fits, I often have trouble with them fitting so I usually wear super old “t-shirt dresses” to bed (birthday + little easter gift from my mother)

 

I honestly don’t think I will be purchasing anything else for a while? There might be a high-waisted black denim short purchase in the summer but I’m still not sure about this.

Even if I do purchase something I will be following the “rules” I will be sticking by for any future shopping after my freeze is over – more on this later!

 

STOP! DROP and please don’t shop

Something came over me this weekend, maybe I was looking too long at my closet but I realized that even after decluttering and donating so many items of clothing and trying to be careful with what I put into my closet but it is still packed full of clothes (not including my summer clothes)

But the thing is – I have tried on every.single.item in that closet and somehow I have rationalized keeping these items that I haven’t worn in months. I think I’m struggling with the fact that currently I’m working in a place that has uniforms so I only really get dressed 3 (if that) of the 7 days, but I am constantly looking for other work. But at the same time I don’t want to make excuses for the state of my closet or my spending problem.

Recently I’ve done pretty good with my spending habit so I am proud of myself, I think the idea of the capsule wardrobe is really helpful.

As of right now – I am on an indefinite clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. I will hopefully do monthly check ins. I know for sure that I want to catalogue every single piece of clothing I own and I want to do that whole “if you wear it turn the hanger around” thing because that seems logical?

Stay tuned for my updates about this, and maybe some “challenge rules”, also my catalogue will be up soon. ( I might also do it in video format because it could be helpful)