I took a huge step back from social media this year. I can’t say that this step back was unexpected, but I can say that it was definitely needed. It has been a wonderful opportunity to take some time away from other people and align myself to my values and beliefs. I want to do a more in depth blog post about this in the future as I still find myself processing all that has happened this year. I would love to keep journaling my thoughts and my journey here on my little corner of the internet.
It has surely been interesting noticing my shopping patterns ever since I released myself from the influencer role in early July. With the added layer of working from home, getting dressed just wasn’t really a priority for me this year. And I was more than okay with that. There was no pressure to create content for my own platform or for brands. There was no real pressure to stay “on brand” either. There just wasn’t any pressure at all when it came to clothing, and I have to say–I really relished in that this year. I truly feel do feel like all the lessons I’ve learned through this minimalism journey have become true habits of mind. I still approached shopping with great intention and it feels really good to feel like the work has settled and integrated within.
This is not to say that resisting temptations hasn’t been hard this year because man, it has! As you will see, I definitely did indulge a little with pieces that I really didn’t need (loungewear in particular). I still tried to be as intentional as I could while also giving me some grace for wanting to find clothes that would work best for this time in our world’s history. Ultimately, I am really loving being able to enjoy shopping for me without any pressures at all that typically come with social media.
– NEW ADDITIONS –
TO MY EVERYDAY CAPSULE WARDROBE:
Free People Get Obsessed Babydoll Dress ($68) bought on 09/20/20
Desert Dreamer Yin Yang Recycled Knit Sweater ($62) bought on 10/12/20
Organic Basics T-Shirt Dress ($85) bought on 10/17/20
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $215
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: +3 in everyday capsule
LOW BUY COUNT: 12 / 12
TO MY LOUNGEWEAR CAPSULE WARDROBE:
Big Bud Press Sweat Shorts ($54) bought on 08/23/20
Richer Poorer Terry Wide Leg Pant ($62) bought on 09/23/20
Desert Dreamer Shark Week Retro Tee ($34) bought on 10/21/20
Mate the Label Organic Cotton Raw Neck Boxy Tee ($48) bought on 11/28/20
Madewell MWL Ribbed Cocoon Hoodie ($60) bought on 12/06/20
Harvest and Mill Organic Jogger Pants ($59) bought on 12/13/20
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $314
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: +6 in loungewear / gym capsule
TO MY SHOES:
Nisolo Lima Slip On Mules ($75) bought on 11/25/20
Nisolo Chelsea Boot ($80 via Poshmark) bought on 11/30/20
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $155
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: +2 in shoes
– WHAT I LET GO –
Marais USA Ankle Boots
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: -1
FROM LOUNGEWEAR CAPSULE:
Outdoor Voices Leggings
Everlane Air V-Neck Tee
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: -2
– WHAT I LEARNED –
I definitely shopped with comfort in mind these last few months, as I’m sure all of us did this year. I practically lived in my Big Bud Press gym shorts, which I paired with my Shark Week tee that surprisingly became a favorite this year. Comfort and coziness have been key while being on Zoom practically all day.
During this half of the year, I also discovered that short dresses come and go in my style preferences. I came to miss short dresses that I had previously let go in the midst of my love for midi/maxi dresses. I now know that I need to keep both longer and shorter dresses around because I definitely go through phases. I am really happy with the two shorter dresses I added to my wardrobe recently–one from Free People and one from Organic Basics. When I do have to (or want to) get a little dressed up, these two dresses have been my go to.
The second half of the year also brought about my canceling my yoga studio membership and embracing taking walks in my neighborhood and listening to podcasts. With both of us working from home, we had to make some changes in our small space, and our apartment now just doesn’t work well for doing yoga at home. As the temperatures are getting colder, I found myself wanting practical pieces for walking around our neighborhood (aka I needed pockets for my keys and my phone!). I definitely feel like I invested a lot more in my loungewear pieces for obvious reasons, and I don’t regret these additions at all. I do feel that I have a good little capsule of comfortable pieces now and need to resist the temptation to add more as lockdown continues.
Until the next Closet Update!