After this month-long challenge, I admit I was more than relieved to finally wear something other than the 15 pieces I was allowed. I may or may not have expressed my excitement by giving a few hugs here and there. Hello, other dresses! Hello, other jackets! I think the rest of my wardrobe missed me just as much.
However, the main purpose of this challenge wasn’t to deny me and the other participants access to all the clothes we own, it was to force us to dig deeper and think about how our wardrobe works.
Do we have a lot of stuff — and that’s exactly what they are to us, just stuff — that get lost in a sea of other stuff? Or do we have pieces we’re proud to own and feel no shame in wearing them to bits? Does our wardrobe truly showcase our personality, our style, and perhaps even our own ethics? Or is it a muddled mess of things accumulated from seasons’ and trends’ past with no real thought or meaning? Do we buy then forget, or invest and continuously revisit?
Really, I cannot stress quality over quantity enough. This is a challenge itself.
So, I reached out to a few of the bloggers who took part in the 15/30: The Capsule Wardrobe Project to get their thoughts and find out what they learned about themselves (as well as their wardrobes) during the past month.
Biggest challenge to having only 15 pieces to wear for 30 days?
- Tomi, of Tomimito: “It was definitely the limited number of choices/options, and especially with winter deciding to stick around longer than expected, I found myself wearing the same pieces over and over again (to keep myself warm).”
- Clare, of Curious Looking Glass: “I actually didn’t find any really huge challenges to having only 15 pieces for an entire month. The toughest thing for me really was stopping myself from impulse buying any new things throughout the month & just trying to keep myself away from the shops!! This was great for my savings though, haha!”
- Sam, of Sam is Home: “Surprisingly, it wasn’t hard at all.”
Pieces worn most and why?
- Tomi: “I ended up wearing my burnt orange coat the most because of the weather… (and yes, I was not happy about that).”
- Clare: “My most worn piece would be jeans. They’re just so easy to dress up and down. Definitely a staple in my wardrobe.”
- Sam: “Definitely my Uniqlo men’s heattech long sleeve. It just served as a great foundation to layer on most of my jackets and bottoms. It’s so subtle but I’m so relieved I chose this as a part of the 15 pieces.”
How did you get creative with your outfits/looks?
- Tomi: “I found myself accessorizing a lot, even venturing out to items I hadn’t used before such as a scarf belt that I got years ago which I almost forgot I had. I was also trying something new with the wardrobe pieces such as making a knot in my maxi skirt or shortening my asymmetrical skirt with an art tape. All in all, this project provided an opportunity (and excuse) to be creative and try something new even if it was cheesy.”
- Clare: “I got creative mostly with my shoes as I don’t generally wear a lot of jewelry. I also changed up my hairstyles/makeup a little & played around with scarves & vintage belts.”
- Sam: “Definitely in the accessories. I know it’s not groundbreaking advice but my capsule was rather muted in colors with an occasional print, therefore, I relied heavily on a rotation of bright colored and quirky accessories.”
DIY projects or tips on maximizing your capsule wardrobe?
- Tomi: “I started making a DIY studded collar using my vintage button down but never got to finish it. I enjoyed playing with my maxi skirts to change the shape whether it was shortening it or making a knot.”
- Sam: “Rely on layering to create interesting looks and change up the accessories to get a fresh take on an outfit.”
What does your capsule wardrobe say about your style and personality?
- Tomi: “I’m definitely into layering and accessorizing. Other than that, I like both feminine and masculine pieces, it’s just that I have to mix them up quite a bit to create my own style, i.e. a feminine maxi skirt paired with a motorcycle leather jacket.”
- Clare: “Looking at my capsule wardrobe I guess I would say my style is rock chic with a hint of vintage girly glamour. Although I tend toward a bohemian style at times too. Eeek! What can I say? I just love playing dress-up!”
- Sam: “It speaks more of a quieter, less trend driven style that I’m trying to hone in for myself. It’s more tomboy-ish with a feminine touch.”
Would you do this challenge again?
- Tomi: “Most likely as long as the weather is predictable which unfortunately is not always the case in Korea…”
- Clare: “I would most definitely do this challenge again!!”
- Sam: “Oh for sure. Now that I’m off the challenge I feel really stressed with all the options.”
Any additional thoughts or comments about this challenge?
- Tomi: “I found the project more challenging towards the end mainly because of my tendency to easily get bored with things but all in all, it was a great opportunity to fight the urge to shop for no apparent reason and it also encouraged me to be even more creative with accessorizing and layering. Most importantly, I’m more grateful than ever to have access to the rest of my wardrobe now that the challenge is over. Yay!”
- Sam: “I encourage anyone who wants to find their own style to do this for themselves. It not only pushes you to re-evaluate what you truly like but pushes your creativity to find out who you are and what you truly like. If you saw me the past month, you probably wouldn’t have guessed I was on this project!”
As for myself, I’m already in the midst of cleaning out my closet (I did this with my shoes last weekend) so that I can make room for pieces that I know I’ll have a love affair with for a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it helps improve my own personal style — it’s a sartorial journey, I tell you!
More outfits/looks from bloggers who joined the 15/30: The Capsule Wardrobe Project on Pinterest!
This challenge doesn’t end just because the month is over — join the project and continue to push yourself and your wardrobe! Send a tweet to @everybodyisugly with #capsulewardrobeproject or #1530project or leave a comment below. I’d love to continue this conversation.
Image via The Simply Luxurious Life