Not that long ago, I would use shopping as a way to jolt myself out of a “meh” mood with a little instant gratification. Not the worst thing in the world, right? Well… no…but it hit me pretty hard when I realized I wasn’t shopping for clothes — I was shopping for happiness.
No wonder my closet didn’t make any sense.
It messed with my mind when I realized that. I really don’t want to be a person who finds happiness in stuff. I got introspective and asked myself, “Where do I want to find my happiness?” And the answer sure wasn’t a pair of jeans. I decided to change. I decided to stop spending money on emotional purchases. I decided to stop buying clothes that were going to end up in the donation pile after a month. I decided to start making more intentional buying choices. I decided to start living with less.
So, I tried out this capsule wardrobe idea I’d been hearing about. What is it? It’s basically a mini wardrobe made up of versatile pieces that fit your lifestyle right now. There are a million different ways to try a capsule wardrobe, but here’s what I do: I limit my wardrobe to 37 pieces — tops, bottoms, shoes, and outerwear — and I dress with only these 37 pieces for three months. No shopping allowed. It’s challenging, but rewarding. To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear, less time spent shopping, less time doing laundry or caring for clothes), more money for our dreams and helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn), and more contentment and happiness.
Images Courtesy of Caroline Rector
New to Citygram Austin magazine?
Click to download a free issue today and see why we’re the #1 City Guide app in Austin!
Our mobile issues are designed specifically for your smartphone or tablet and are loaded with interactive features that connect you to the best of local Austin.