Krista is the oldest of my three sisters, and being my main girl as such, had to put up with all my crazy excitement about capsule wardrobe back in Fall of ’14 when I first started the project. Fortunately, it didn’t take too long before I convinced her to give it a try for herself, and of course I dived right in helping her go through her stuff, take pictures for Stylebook, and shop for the missing pieces. She didn’t mind my older sister bossiness for once, and we had a blast!
I think the biggest thing that I have found vital to compiling my capsule wardrobe is remembering that cheaper is not always better. I grew up shopping in thrift stores and Goodwill; the only times we shopped for brand-new items was with a coupon or during a great sale, and even then we mainly only shopped the clearance racks. While this concept sounds fine, usually (in my case at least) this means buying poorer quality as well.
When I first started implementing the idea of capsule wardrobe into my lifestyle last fall, I purchased a pullover sweater that I found really cheap and loved. However, when I pulled it out this fall to add it to my wardrobe, I realized quickly that it really just looked far too worn out. In hindsight, I should have searched for one that was similar but made with higher quality materials before spending the money to buy one that only lasted me one season.
This season I was on an extensive search for “the perfect chambray shirt.” I found one at Old Navy that I thought I could fall in love with someday, but of course, that is just plain down the WRONG attitude. So I decided to put this “it’s ok to spend more on better quality/something that you absolutely love” theory to the test. I found my lovely chambray at Maurices, and since being thrifty is still engraved in my body, soul, and mind, I was even able to get $10 off!
This shirt has been a game changer for my wardrobe. I’m sure that by now I don’t have to convince you to go buy one for yourself; its versatility is downright noble. I’m eager to see how well this shirt wears. I’ve probably washed it 5-8 times since I bought it in the beginning of October, and it always comes out just as soft and comfy as when I bought it. One downside for me is that it does tend to wrinkle fairly easily, but I feel like that’s a small price to pay for how well it fits me and how comfy it is. I’m so excited to find other exciting bits of this capsule wardrobe adventure!
Thanks for sharing your [very wise] insight on the budget-mentality side of the capsule concept, Krista!
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