I've been playing with the idea of a capsule collection. Though the thought of wearing only 30 pieces for three months is tempting (and simultaneously acts as a laundry challenge), I figured for an amateur, starting small would be more approachable. Enter the 10x10 challenge.
Ten pieces for ten days.
Ten days isn't that long. When I started, ten days seemed like an eternity. There was no way I could get past it without having to switch something out. I've found I really enjoy the few pieces that I chose and they work in so many ways. I've always wanted to be the type to layer but always felt it was forced. This challenge has taught me otherwise.
I found myself wearing the same combinations again and again. I mixed up bottoms and tops. I noticed I wasn't as "creative" as I had hoped. Spending as least time as possible choosing what to wear is one of the benefits of a small capsule. Thus, not being creative didn't feel like a failure as much as I felt like I learned about what it feels to have less choice. Consequently, I've managed to maintain a morning routine that has become the base of my day. It allows me to start of my day more relaxed and grounded.*
I'm learning more about what I own and how each piece is valuable to my style and my lifestyle. I'm certainly learning about efficient laundry. More importantly I'm learning about myself.
For this round, my wardrobe template turned out to be as such:
I'm still tweaking my wardrobe and subsequently how I view clothing and possessions in general. Next up is the 12x12 challenge. Where, you guessed it: 12 pieces for 12 days.
I've been reading more minimalism fashion blogs. Not fashion that is geared towards a minimal aesthetic, but fashion that is based around the idea of buying less but buying better. It's a welcome change to much of the content solely focused on buying things. A fashion perspective highlighting creativity and authenticity is super refreshing. I'd like to think that blogging is slowly moving in this direction; it's an angle that is seriously lacking.
I'm hoping to embark on a three month capsule soon, but I don't want to set myself up for failure. Baby steps, right?