It has taken me 30 years to find my style. And you know what? I have realised my real personal style is closer to what I was wearing between the ages of 17-20 than what it has been over the past 10 years. More recently I have found myself thinking about the key pieces that I had in my wardrobe so long ago and I probably couldn’t recollect half of the clothes I’ve had in more recent years. Maybe everyone goes through a phase where they try and find their style, if you did I would love to know.
Thinking about the styles that I have always liked, and now seem to be going back to, I can spot some key themes in my wardrobe. I’m going to use these key themes and recurring styles to base my capsule wardrobe around and any future purchases.
My Personal Recurring Key Themes
- Floaty dresses
- Cream jumpers, white tees
- High neck, long sleeve tops/Blouses
These are the styles and patterns that keep cropping up in my wardrobe and that I have bought multiple of in various colour ways or designs. This knowledge will now set me up for any future additions as I know what I will and do wear most, what I reach for on certain occasions, what I don’t need to buy because it won’t get worn and what I really don’t need another of. Can you see key themes in your wardrobe or is it a little bit of everything?
I wanted to create a capsule wardrobe so that I make use of all of my items. I really don’t like how some have been sitting there unworn when they maybe could be someone else’s favourite item. It also frees up some headspace. Clutter of unused items takes up room in my house and in my mind and I find myself thinking things like, “it’s wasted money”, “how will I style it” or “I feel like I have to hang on to it because…” Freeing myself of the items I am not wearing by either selling, recycling or donating them allows me space to have other, more productive thoughts, rather than replaying the same tape.
Knowing what I wear most often will also save me money in the future. I will have more knowledge on styles that actually get worn and how they’ll coordinate with other items in my wardrobe. I will be able to question every future item that I think I want by asking myself:
- Will I be able to mix and match with my other items?
- Will I definitely get my cost per wear from it?
- Will I be able to wear it all yer round by styling it differently?
Wearing an item over and over again is the simplest way to become more sustainable. It is also likely the cheapest and I am all for a bit of money saving where I can and getting that cost per wear down is key for me. I am sure all of my friends, including myself, have items of clothing that are considered fast fashion and instead of throwing these pieces away they are better used, loved and taken care of.
It is super easy to get caught up with wanting to make a purchase when seeing a new piece or when falling down an online shopping tunnel ‘just because’. If an item is still in my head over the next week or two I’ll likely buy it but if not, it wasn’t what I wanted in the first place. Waiting before I click the buy button is super important as I can probably say that most of my previous fashion purchases that were bought on sight went to the charity shop over the years. The clothes that remain in my wardrobe are there because it was a conscious and considered purchase rather than an assumed need. And as I love to say;
Buy Consciously Not Constantly
Photo Bottom Right taken by Jade Pogson Photography, others by myself