Cat On The Moon is a style blog written by me, Cat, about the process of curating a capsule wardrobe and different ways to achieve a simple and thoughtful lifestyle. I try to keep in mind that simplicity is a journey and a life well lived is the goal.

Capsule Wardrobe Prep: Back To Basics

Capsule Wardrobe Prep: Back To Basics

I want to be honest today. I'm feeling really frustrated. Here I am, building a blog on the concept of a capsule wardrobe (well, really on the concept of simplicity) and I have nothing to show for it.

What am I doing wrong?

I think I'm not even following my own advice. Well I have been, but there have been so many obstacles as I'm striving for a quality wardrobe.

Here's some of what I've been experiencing:

Last week I made some online purchases that I thought would finally round out my upcoming capsule wardrobe. And the pieces were on sale.

They arrived at my front door Tuesday, yet lo and behold, I was completely unimpressed.

The black, knit blazer was too big (despite making the purchase based on my measurements), the two white blouses were... dowdy, wrinkled, and ill-fitting. The one that I thought would maybe qualify arrived with a pink mark on it!

I'm telling you, it's far far easier to shop the way I used to. In fact, my friend and I were discussing why we even liked shopping "back then." We both absolutely detest shopping in person anymore.

In a previous post I dove a little more into my fashion past, but long story short: Forever 21 for everything.

We lived in Gainesville, FL - hometown of the University of Florida Gators and our alma mater - so the choices were limited, as were our budgets (aka they didn't exist). The town is rather small.

But it was easy because a) we lived down the street from our humble mall b) we only shopped in one store.

We had tactical strategy.

Walk in together, separate, pick our favorite 6 or so pieces, try on together, evaluate and repeat. 

We would spend 1-3 hours in that God-forsaken store and come out with some pieces we were really excited about. Yes, they eventually fell apart or I hated them a few weeks out (hence my recent behavior changes), but shopping was at least not so... hellish.

It was fun!

Now I need to figure out what went wrong. 

I want to figure out a new tactical plan, because I thought I had started shopping at quality places (online), but now I just feel like I've been lied to. It just goes to show that more expensive doesn't necessarily mean high quality.

You don't always get what you pay for.

I do not plan on reverting back to F21 (except for the occasional trend indulgence), but my recent go-tos have been failing me.

I hesitate to call them out, because I don't want to say I'll never shop there any more. But...

Something has to change.

Since I've been experiencing constant disappointment in my recent purchases, I think it's time to up the ante a bit more. I'm going to start toying with the idea of even higher quality pieces and possibly...

DUN, DUN, DUN.... Less clothing?

I'm not so sure I'd be able to afford all the pieces needed to round out the magic number 37 this time around.

And you know what? The more I think about it, the more I realize all of these disappointments must have been leading to a new way of thinking... maybe before I have a glorious capsule wardrobe, I need to have a sturdy lineup of basics.

A minimalist capsule based around... basics.

That's it! I'll go back to basics!

Did anyone else hear that one part of Christina Aguilera's song, Ain't No Other Man in their heads? You know... with the trumpets or something? Buh, bum dum bum... Just me?

Any way, this will be a slower process... but I think if I do this right, then I'll be ready to go to town for my spring capsule. And then I will truly be able to love my wardrobe.

Because I thought I was building up my basics with good pieces... but they've failed me and now I need to change direction.

I need to focus on a solid foundation.

Look at that, friends! Here I was feeling all down and sad, frustrated and angry... when all along all I needed to do was consider the possibility and the opportunity laid out before me.

How fascinating!

Are you in the same boat with me or do you already have a  great collection of trusty go-to's?

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on building up basics. We're going to take this process together slowly.




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