Blazer: Zara, Shirt: Marks and Spencer, Jeans: Zara, Shoes: Clarks, Scarf: Monsoon
I have waffled an awful lot over the past six months but now is the time to condense down all of my nonsense into a few solid reasons why you should undertake the capsule wardrobe challenge and how it will change your life.
You will become less dependent on ‘things’ for your happiness. (part 1)
It’s really when people discuss wanting things from expensive brands that this hits me the most. In the office the other day we were discussing The Kooples, gorgeous brand, great quality but with a big stinking price tag. Whilst I could have found myself envious of those buying such products instead I felt detached. I love fashion and the ability to be stylish but that really needn’t be tied down to expensive or designer pieces. After all I am only 24 and no matter what he world says, there is plenty of time to buy expensive, envious making, drool worthy pieces at 24 there are other things that need to take president. Like saving for a house, building up savings paying off student loans and staying out of your overdraft. The Kooples will wait.
(Part 2) You will throw things out a lot more
The sole of my favourite, go-to brown boots from New Look broke the other day, the sole peeling away from the faux leather and so I threw them away. With them was a floral tunic which has its elastin showing more than the fabrics original black and floral pattern, so its gots to go!
Prior to the challenge I kept a pair of cheap ruined boots for months because I could bear to part with them, I’ve worn bobbled, falling apart pieces but the reality is this, boots need to keep your feet dry and you need to be professional at work. Both these products failed their primary purpose so of course they should be discarded off. And consider this they only cost me £8 and £18 so what have I lost? I have had the tunic since 2010 and the boots since 2012 so really they had a pretty fantastic life!*
You will have more time
When the weather was lovely myself and Josh spent our Sunday doing the following, getting breakfast for a gorgeous little café in town. We went for a walk along the river and at lunch grabbed ourselves a diet coke and watched the world and the river go by for a few hours. We walked back made ourselves a quick snack of an Oat, Pumpkin and Chia seed flatbread with French roulade, spent the afternoon watching a film and made ourselves a lovely dinner together. Constantly shopping actually made our weekends a lot more tense and we’d find that Sunday was still filled with chores when just popping into the shops was a weekly occurrence!
I even found time for Yoga that Sunday so successful? Just a little bit!
You will save money (and probably find yourself over spending somewhere else)
Whether you don’t buy anything in the three months or limit yourself budget wise/time wise you will spend less money. I have effectively halves my outgoings from before. What I spent the money on instead however? Dinner with my lovely friends, dinner with Joshey, Cinema dates, coffee dates, Paris . . . We haven’t made any grand plans so far but this has allowed me some incredible freedom to spend time with some of the people I love.
*side note if your rolling in it? Firstly I say congrats! Go you! But if you are and you still love the piece that’s falling apart look into it being mended by a professional! Leather boots can be resoled and having a dress re lined or hemmed is cool but a lot of the time high street purchases aren’t worth it. My boots where a faux leather and fabric blend so pointless in worrying about when you bought them in the sale two years ago!