I had seen the concept of a “Capsule Wardrobe” on Pinterest for years now. It seemed exhausting, hard and impossible. I liked going on my emotional shopping sprees and stockpiling clothes.
But after reading Unfancy, a blog by Caroline, it really opened up my eyes that I had a problem. You see, whenever I felt unconfident in who I was, I would quickly run to Target and find some cute new outfit to try and redefine myself. If I had a bad day, swing by and grab a cute new blouse. Money always seemed to be slipping from my hands when I had lacking confidence. But the joy was temporary. I would wear the blouse, receive compliments, and then the feeling faded away and my self-doubt crept back in.
I had a really bad habit of buying quirky tops that really weren’t “me” and end up wearing the clothes that I had originally! It was kind of ridiculous.
But in her blog, Caroline says …
“ … you can be really happy with a lot less.
To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.”
That was my motivating factor. Focusing on TRUE JOY (aka The Lord) and less on frivolous and fleeting joys.
So I bought a subscription to Cladwell to help me in my endeavors. It’s a program that helps you build the essentials based on your lifestyle. It was helpful for my first time, but I didn’t see the worth in spending a monthly fee.
So here is what I did ...
1. Paired down my clothes.
Most people try to keep with a certain number of pieces, but I simply tried to keep it around 37-ish. That included Shirts, jackets, blouses etc. I didn’t include workout clothes, shoes or jeans.
In this step, I suggest taking out ALL your clothes out of your closet. No seriously. Do it. Don't complain, just do it! Lay them out on your bed and sort through items.
Make piles for things you ABSOLUTELY love, maybe, no and out of season clothes.
I ended up giving over half of my closet away. Half of the clothing I had I NEVER wore and it all seemed really weird and mismatched.
2. Study and Create
Now look at the clothes that are left in your love pile. See if there are any similarities in color, texture, style etc.
I realized that I was more of a “preppy bohemian” I love Chambray and boots, but I love flowy lace pieces. I also noticed a color scheme of shades of orange, blue, purple.
Now go and create a Pinterest board for the colors and style that you are wanting for this particular capsule.
3. Now Fill in the Gaps
For example, my summer capsule was lacking in nice tank tops to wear in the 100-degree weather in Texas. So I jotted down some notes of color and style. I also kept in mind that LESS is more. I ended up buying 4 tank tops and one black and white striped shirt.
4. Don't Buy Anything!
Now that you have your capsule, wear it! This was hard for the first month, but after realizing how much EASIER it was for me to get ready in the mornings, I fell in love.
Into the second month, I didn’t miss the old clothes at all. I was too busy being happy in what I was CURRENTLY wearing!
Overall, I really really loved doing this type of thing. It made getting ready in the morning SO SO SO easy. I had maybe ONE day that I had a "Fashion Crisis" which is awesome compared to having one everyday. Even my husband was glad I did this! :)