A style experiment

Starting this blog has been a blessing and learning experience. Not only have I encountered a new community of creative and warm people, but I've also learned a lot about myself. Since embarking on this journey, I’ve discovered one thing in particular which really started to bother me. I realized how much excess stuff I accumulated over the years.  From shoes that hadn’t left their boxes in months, to blazers with the tags still on them, I collected more things than I had a need for.  That said, on a given weekend, I could convince myself that I had nothing to wear and needed something new! Now I don’t know about you, but my friends and I can almost always talk ourselves into a purchase. If the item was on sale, forget about it – it was definitely coming home!
As I sat back and reflected, a few things were clear. The majority of the time, I wore the same things. Shoot, I have a pair of jeans with a huge hole in the knee to prove it (RIP). More importantly, as I looked critically at my finances, I came to grips with the fact that I spent more of my disposable income on "stuff" than actual experiences. I’ve always wanted more time and money to travel, but I wasn’t doing nearly as much as I could to make this goal a reality. The extra things that I collected were clouding my space, had no real purpose, and were getting in the way of things I really wanted.
So, back in November I started drastically downsizing. I sold clothes and shoes online, donated items, gave away things to friends and family members – you name it. Slowly, my closet reduced in size by at least 50%.  But that still wasn’t enough. I needed to take action that would not only force me to eliminate the excess, but also minimize the urge to spend while still enabling me to  develop my personal style. My passion for style and visual expression isn't going anywhere.
Then, in came this idea of a capsule wardrobe – wearing a predetermined number of items, for a set period of time.  I discovered this concept on Project 333. You can learn more about it here.
Over the next three months, I’ll be doing an experiment in living and styling with less. I curated 36 items that I will wear until April 1. During this time, I’ll continue to get rid of things that didn’t make it into my capsule AND no shopping is allowed.
In the coming days, I’ll share the items that made it into my capsule wardrobe as well as more inspiration behind my experiment. Stay tuned!