I am happy to report my capsule is now complete. I have basics that mix and match with each other. That means I have fewer clothes, but I have endless possibilities.
And all of my clothes — including spring, summer, fall and winter coats — fit on one closet rod. Here it is. I have even fewer shoes and handbags than shown in this picture because Sheon suggested I sell them:
And that brings me to my big announcement: I will not buy clothes for one year.
Yes, you read it correctly. I will not buy one single piece of clothing, shoes or handbag.
I don’t think this will be hard for me. I have stopped shopping because I am a minimalist. When I go shopping, I only do it with Sheon because I am tired of making clothing mistakes. I am very petite, and I have curves, so it’s really hard to find the right fit because everything is made for 6-foot-tall, 0-percent-body-fat Gisele.
I do not look like this:
I have been down this road of no new clothes before, but I only did it for 6 months. I was inspired to go further after I read this woman stopped spending money on non-essential items for a year.
I am so confident that I have enough clothes in my capsule wardrobe that I have started an Instagram project, called #shopinyourcloset, where I find a cute magazine photo and recreate it using only what it is in my closet. I have created at least 60 outfits (or two months of clothes) with just about a dozen winter shirts, jeans and about a dozen pairs of shoes. Here is an example of what I’ve done. That is me on the right.
Why am I doing this?
I am done shopping and creating outfits on Instagram to prove you can live with less because everyone has way too many clothes.
We’ve become indifferent to closets with too many clothes. They look normal. I recently wrote about this closet, where someone looked at the “before” photo and remarked how organized it looked. But she had so many clothes that she could wear a new outfit for three months.
This is what it looked like after I was done helping her purge:
You can live with fewer clothes by following these rules:
- Only have clothes that fit in your closet. If you have that shirt that will only work after you lose 5 pounds, get rid of it. Why torture yourself? Plus, if you lose the weight, the shirt will be out of style. Is your kid 9, yet you still have maternity clothes? Give them away.
- Only have clothes that you love. If something is uncomfortable or does not fit right, give it away. Goodbye wool everything. That goes for shoes, too. You should only have comfortable shoes. I no longer wear heels.
- Throw away clothes with holes or stains — even that really expensive shirt with a wine stain. It’s never coming out.
- We live in the Triangle. You don’t need 100 sweaters. It never gets below 32. How about 5?
I am not just giving up clothes. I am also giving up Starbucks. I don’t go there that often because I gave up coffee about a year ago when I started having panic attacks. But I still have the app and stop by for tea or a decaf latte.
I was inspired to do this by a woman, who retired at 28 after saving 70% of her salary.
We could all be financially independent by saving and investing rather than buying more stuff.
I am on my way.