Week 2 of my 30×30 wardrobe challenge has passed sluggishly. I’m finding that as the days march on, I’m finding this challenge more difficult. During week 1, I was wearing each item for the first time and each outfit still felt fresh and new. Now, I’ve gone through pretty much my entire capsule wardrobe once already and I’m now at the point where things are getting their second or third wear. And I’m finding that tedious.
My wardrobe is a source of joy for me. I see my clothes like a huge box of crayons that I can use to create any picture I want to. I love putting together different outfits that reflect my mood on a particular day. Fashion is one of the ways that I express myself. And now that I’m limiting myself to a small fraction of my clothing, I kind of feel as though my wings have been clipped. It’s like going from having a deluxe set of Crayolas to one of those crappy four-colour crayon boxes you get with cheap colouring books.
I’m noticing that I’m really missing certain items of clothing dearly. There are a couple of pairs of shoes, some special tee shirts and one amazing dress that I’ve been hankering to wear lately. But because they are not part of the capsule wardrobe that I’ve created, they’ve had to stay locked away out of reach. Even though I feel a bit down that I can’t wear these clothes, this exercise has really highlighted to me which items in my wardrobe I love the most. Those clothes that I’ve been longing for are the things that make me feel amazing. The items that are comfortable and colourful which just bring joy to me when I’m wearing them.
On the other hand, I have noticed that there are a couple of things that I haven’t been missing. I felt inspired to do a mini clear-out during the week when I realised that there were a couple of things that I wasn’t keen to reach for again once the challenge is over. Putting a bit of distance between myself and the bulk of my clothing gave me a new perspective. I noticed a couple of items that were pretty worn out and ready to be binned, and a few things that I just don’t enjoy wearing any more. So it’s been nice to take a step back and edit my wardrobe critically. The 30×30 challenge has given me a sense of clarity about which items I really want to keep, and which ones I could stand to throw out.
Week 2 has been a mix of good and bad. While I’m beginning to get bored with my capsule wardrobe, I also feel as though I’m making some great choices about those items in my closet that I’ve been hanging onto for too long. As an added bonus, I have a feeling that I’ll be a lot more creative with my outfits once I’m finally finished the challenge and I’m able to colour with all my crayons again.