This week I answer a question I’ve been asked a lot lately, and that’s how to avoid getting bored of your wardrobe. Jen wanted to know if she’ll get sick of wearing the same pieces over and over if she tries a Capsule Guide. There’s a super simple trick for not getting bored of your clothes, and I share it in this episode!
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Welcome back to Office Hours–the weekly show of the Everyday Style School podcast, where we answer one question, submitted by you, to help make style easier, and getting dressed more fun.
Today’s question came through email, and it was actually a larger question about the Capsule Guides, which I’ll get to in a minute. But the funny thing is, over the last couple of months, I’ve had more speaking engagements than usual, to really diverse groups, and some variation of this question has been asked every single time in the Q&A part of the show. I figure this is the universe’s way of telling me this is something I need to address.
The email was from Jen, and she was wondering if my Capsule Wardrobe Guides would be right for her. Here’s what she had to say: I love the thought of a smaller mix and match wardrobe, but I tend to get bored with my clothes really fast. I worry that wearing just a few things for months on end would get boring. Do you think the Capsule Guide would work for me?
Now, as I said, this is a theme that’s been coming at me for a couple of months, with women asking “I get tired of my clothes after wearing them a few times, what should I do” and “How do I buy clothes I won’t get sick of”? Things like that.
While I can’t say that the Capsule lifestyle works for everyone, I have heard so often that this is a fear that women have about trying Capsules that turns out not to be true. In fact, most women say they feel like they have more options and more style than they ever thought possible. So, if that’s been holding you back, don’t let it. You’ll never know unless you try, and chances are, it won’t be the case.
But I want to talk about the bigger question here, and that’s getting bored of your clothes. This is going to be a super quick episode because this is a simple answer:
If you haven’t updated your wardrobe in a while, that’s probably the reason, and you may want to put a little more life into your closet with a few new things.
But, the women who have been asking me about this have been asking about getting sick of things after just a few wears, and I’ve got a simple fix. You ready?–stop buying things you don’t love.
When you buy things you don’t love, that are just ok, or that you’re buying because they’re on sale, you’re not going to want to wear them often, or for long. However, when you buy things you truly truly love, you want to wear them again and again, and you don’t get tired of them.
Think about the things you really love, your absolute closet favorites. Are you sick of them? Chances are, no. Even if you’ve had them a good long while. Now, think of the things you’re bored of in your wardrobe. Chances are, they’re fine. They’re good enough. But, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. When it comes to your wardrobe “Good Enough” isn’t good enough.
When you settle for things you don’t truly love, you spend your time and your money, but you haven’t solved your problem, and you’ll be back shopping for things to fill that hole in your closet in just a few months. And that’s IF you were buying with intention. If you’re just out recreational shopping, and just collecting random stuff that you kind of like, you’ll be bored of it even faster.
This is why a lot of people have a problem with fast fashion, and why I don’t. If you approach fast fashion from the perspective that you’re just looking for a quick fix–like a top to wear to a party–you’ll be over it pretty quick.
However, if you approach shopping from the perspective of only putting things you love into your closet, it doesn’t matter where they come from. You’ll want to wear them again and again, and in the end, you won’t need so much.
A better strategy than just buying random stuff, hoping you’ll love it is to first, have a plan. Decide how it is you want to look. Having a clearly defined personal style that makes you happy will cut down on buying things that just aren’t quite right, and that you only want to wear a time or two.
Then hold out for things you love. Most women have enough clothes that shopping isn’t a true “I’m gonna be naked” emergency. You can get by with less until you find those things you love. Those pieces that just grab you. Those are the ones you should buy–even if they cost a little more. It will be worth it in the long run.
The other thing you should be on the lookout for is things that you feel great in. If a top does nothing for you, you’ll probably get sick of it faster. But, when you have a top that makes your eyes sparkle, or shows off your favorite feature, you’ll be more likely to want to keep wearing it.
I do think a big reason why women don’t get sick of Capsule pieces, even after wearing them more frequently for a few months, is that they like how they look. They’re having fun with clothes and with style, and no woman I know gets sick of smiling at herself in the mirror every day.
Thank you Jen, for giving me the opportunity to answer a question I’ve been asked a lot lately, and I hope you give the Capsule Guides a try–only buying the pieces you love, of course!
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That’s all for today–see you next week!