An advantage I have found since adopting a capsule wardrobe is that I don’t tire of all my clothes anymore. I only use a portion of my wardrobe at a time, the rest being kept away for 3-6 months depending on the season. I believe the reason we enjoy shopping of any kind is because we are in want of something new and different, something that re-inspires us, feels fresh, and gives our surroundings or appearance an update.
Storing away the clothes you don’t actually need to wear because they don’t suit the season you’re in not only makes sense, but it also means you don’t visually tire of seeing those clothes every day. Therefore, the next time you take those out to wear, they feel new all over again. Yes, our minds really are that simple, and clothing companies are just really good at tapping into that need for change.
Even if you don’t adhere to a capsule wardrobe in full, or you only adopt certain aspects of one, I still think it’s beneficial to store away clothes that you definitely won’t be wearing often – you avoid them stretching out of shape on the hanger, they don’t gather dust, and they receive a ‘rest’ period and hopefully last longer.
By having a smaller, total selection of your clothes, when you shop your closet you are able to identify if there are any items you are missing that are vital to your style, or if you have too little or too much of something. I used to have about 20 tank tops, most of which I never wore anyway, but because I would lose track of what I owned I would end up buying doubles without realising.
Speaking from experience, I love shopping my closet, and I get the same thrill going through my storage bags as when I would go to my favourite stores. The sensory pleasure of picking and choosing is still there, but it just means I don’t burn a hole in my pocket doing so.