In summary of the capsule building:
• Got rid of clothes that are beyond repair (from 100+ pieces)
• Took photos of what I have left
• Got some new ones to incorporate with the base numbers
• Organized into palettes
• And digitalized wardrobe for ready access

Previously on episode one, I addressed a major issue that is the inadequacy of “the wardrobe” and why sporadic retail therapy is NOT the answer.

One big step was to declutter what I currently have. This was the second purge, and I know I still have too much.

The next step is to evaluate what I have left.
But before we dive in, it’s important to see a bigger picture when buying garments in the first place. So as to not repeat the cycle and stick to solidifying a major change.

I have to look at:

What was
What is
What will be

Although having one simple rationale for tossing or keeping an item such as “does it delight you” or “are you head over heels about this item” (like the Marie Kondo method suggests) is a good way to start, it didn’t really cut it for me.

I had to re-evaluate the stuff that is accumulating in the light of three more aspects:

Function (that includes: lifestyle, season and maintenance )
Fit, Form & Quality
Fancy & Interusability (I don’t mean by whim but by considering the element of personal style kind of fancy that may not be of popular choice or of trend but is still an expression of your individuality)

1. What was:

A. Mostly buying on impulse,
B. On strict budget

Which means I totally disregarded how well the item will serve me in terms of my lifestyle, the season I’m using it in and how I can keep it for long term to stand multiple uses. It also means that I didn’t use to look at the form of the item closely and didn’t test it out much when fitting it to see certain details that don’t look right like pants that have too much crumple on the knees, or a cropped denim jacket that fall too awkwardly on the waistline that it doesn’t complement any other piece of clothing at all

Lastly, I forgot about the rest of my closet that has probably have their distinct characteristics that this new purchase won’t have a match or complementary pair

This was a terrible acquisition behavior as the repercussions will only hunt and catch up with me sooner or later.

2. What is:

Currently, I’ve learned a few things to adhere to my new parameters.

When online shopping, I make sure to rationalize my attempt to visit the website. And not spend the whole day browsing, contemplating on all the possibilities a dress or a top can look beautifully on one of my hangers, for example. It has to serve me and my activities (like work)
When fitting an item in-store or at home for online purchase, I make sure to move with all my might and spot any undesirable detail like overly baggy shoulder or tight crotch.
And I now know how to walk away when the garment may be of the right fit for me and functions the way want it to but just doesn’t belong to my collection.

At this moment, I can see that a certain order is initiated and a foundation is laid out.

This was a terrible acquisition behavior as the repercussions will only hunt and catch up with me sooner or later.

So, onto the capsule structure building.

With the very same parameters (including the delight – or obsession) factor, this is how I tackled the mountain of mess that is my wardrobe.

Step 1: Declutter & Organize into more accessible modules
Step 2: Create an inventory of the current collection

To break down step 2:

A. I took photos of what I have left from the 2 purges done in the past months. Once you decided on a sufficient collection (whether to build upon or settle with), it shouldn’t be treated with complacency and a matter of history. A capsule, in my opinion, possesses some traits:

I had to render it digitally where I can see them in a bigger picture, up-close and most importantly, anytime I want. (alternative apps)

I use Cladwell to organize and plan my daily outfit. This is especially useful for a trip (Like the one I’m going to demo here for a winter trip)

B. In relation to quality, I’m now signing myself for more ethical brands, like Everlane and unsubscribing from fast fashion names. I now researched into how productions are run and how clothes are manufactured every time I check a brand.

C. Lastly, I believe the biggest relief of all is being able to maximize the bucks spent on each piece of clothing. And this where inter-usability or interchangeability comes in. I built my first capsule with my very own

• Palette (that’s already pre-determined by years and years of color preferences plus a strong leaning towards neutral spectrum)
• Material (in light of lifestyle, the composition of the pieces should stand my level of mobility [standing at work] and versatile enough to be utilized in extreme weather differences.
• Lifestyle (predominantly casual for dine-outs and travel and vastly corporate environment)

3. What will be

I hope that in this rate, I’ll be able to keep my foundation strong by recalibrating my wardrobe’s

Utility
Sustainability
Versatility

 

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