Weather is a fickle thing, and seasons can start off one way and develop into the complete opposite regardless of whatever season you’re meant to be in. Your clothes need to reflect the reality of what mother nature is throwing at you right now, so if this means that mid season you need to do a bit of a review of your capsule wardrobe, go ahead and do it.
I’m in that position right now – the start of our autumn was gloriously hot. Sometimes those first few weeks of March are collectively hotter than the entire 3 months we were in summer. As a result though, my autumn wardrobe reflected this heat – I kept a pair of shorts, along with quite a few tanks and tee shirts. It’s difficult to whip out the winter woollens when the maximum temperatures hovered around 27° and nights were a balmy 18°-21°.
Now however, as you may have gathered (or rather, felt) we seem to firmly be more autumnal. Daylight savings helps that hibernating vibe too – nights and first thing in the mornings feel like single digits, and while daylight hours are still pretty warm, you can bet once the sun sets you’re not going to want to keep your legs bare. Your wardrobe should reflect what’s going on outside, and that’s why it’s perfectly acceptable to do a mid season review if you need to. There’s no point in hanging onto shorts and tanks if the time for wearing them has passed.
The first time I did any major review was midway through my first winter capsule (the one where you’ll remember I failed quite miserably). At that stage my shiny new winter clothes weren’t keeping me warm; I felt depressed due to lack of colour; and there was nothing I could appropriately double up to wear in the office either. I couldn’t physically continue on for the rest of the season. I had to do a review.
And yet I felt like I had failed in my quest to live with less. I felt like I was cheating the system and not doing justice to the hundreds of others who had successfully converted and lived with a capsule wardrobe.
Here’s the thing though – there is no system. There are no set of hard and fast rules that dictate what you can and can’t do by choosing to adopt and live with a capsule wardrobe. If you fail, there is no punishment; if you succeed the reward is merely a feeling of personal contentment.
So if a wardrobe isn’t working for you, go forth and review. Shop your closet, find a better balance. And don’t feel guilty.