Capsule Wardrobe: Being Picky
Updated: Apr 16
One thing that my 2019 no-buy has taught me so far is to be picky with my wardrobe. Although I was trying to be minimal with what I added in, and eco-conscious, I still managed to succumb to finding good deals at the thrift store and bringing in more than I needed. After a handful of wears, I would re-donate the item because it wasn’t quite right. But I didn’t think about it thoroughly because I would find more secondhand goodies to bring in. It was a cycle.
Since starting this no-buy, I’ve had to face the consequences of that cycle. I have a lot of thrifted pieces that are close to perfect but not quite. Whereas the items that I bought in-store and that may have been a little pricey initially are exactly what I wanted (because those are the purchases that I think about for longer and really consider before taking the plunge).
Because I'm re-wearing all my pieces over and over again, I’ve been getting picky. Why wear something that’s not my favourite and doesn’t have the novelty of being new-to-me? So I’ve been leaning towards my favourites, my tried-and-trues and leaving the rest behind. Which means a big ‘ole declutter is coming soon.
I’m kind of nervous to declutter during my no-buy because it means I’m dwindling down my already few options. But at the same time, I know I’m not satisfied with those items and I don’t feel good wearing them. I need to be honest with myself, face the consequences of my spontaneous thrifted additions and declutter what doesn’t work. Even if that means having a smaller wardrobe and even less options.
The next step in this process will be to learn how to be content with what remains and re-work what I’ve got. Although I’m sure I’ll have a little Wishlist of items brewing in my head, I’m sticking to this no-buy and if those items are still in my head in a few months, maybe they’ll be added into the wardrobe.
Although I'm facing the truth of my wardrobe, I think this will contribute to honing into my personal style more acutely and be a good thing in the long run. At this point though, it feels a bit disappointing, a bit frustrating and quite a lot wasteful.