Officially my spring capsule should have ended in 2 weeks (Mid-March to Mid-June), but with the arrival of the 80s on our weather forecast, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t tapped into my summer box a while back.
I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to capsule for the summer, but I think I will to finish out the year (that’s my type a personality shining through). It’s been a great structure to support building better shopping habits and a functional wardrobe. But I don’t need to continue counting, strategizing, photographing, and sharing the items like I have been. Capsuling has been a great tool, but the habits it’s taught can now sustain themselves without the strict rules.
All this to say, my season of capsuling is drawing to an end. I’ve learned so much that I’ll use going forward and can only recommend going through any part of the process yourself. As I’ve thought about it, these are the biggest lessons and advantages I found:
- Budget. I never went over mine. Even the times we decided on a smaller budget, once I had a strict budget I stuck to it. And the boundary of a budget was more freeing than restricting. Weird, right? But true and so great.
- Shopping impulse. It’s gone. I used to get a feeling of panic in my stomach when I walked into a store, like I needed to find the deals or else. These days, I only shop at the beginning of every season. I look at stores as a place to peruse and maybe get some inspiration to note for the next season, but I feel so free these days. The deals are there for me, and they will still be there when I need them.
- Style. I think I’ve found mine. I used to buy things because it was on sale, it was a color I didn’t have, I felt like I should, etc. Being so disciplined helped me cut through the crap and give myself permission to just wear what I love every day.
- Authenticity. I’m being true to myself. For example, I love Birkenstocks with a fiery passion, so I wear them — almost daily. I think before I dressed more for others and according to expectations I assumed other had of me. Letting go of those is so great and I couldn’t be happier.
- Comfort. I honestly just feel good in my clothes. I don’t know that I ever could have imagined saying that. I like what I wear and I wear what I like. And I feel damn good in it.
If you’d like to know what I’ll shamelessly be wearing on repeat this summer, it’ll be some variation of the below outfit: