It’s taken me a long time to develop my own sense of style. It is still continually evolving. This weekend I was thinking about the capsule wardrobe and wondering if I could narrow down my clothes to 10-15 pieces for spring/summer and another 10-15 for fall/winter.
The key to making a capsule wardrobe actually work is to have only quality pieces that you adore that are 100% interchangeable or complimentary while fitting your lifestyle.
As I mentioned in Back to Basics, lately I have been very indecisive getting dressed in the morning. I had completely gotten off track and not edited my wardrobe for about a year. I’d been playing around with adding more colorful clothing, upcycling, and even incorporating more artsy pieces that weren’t exactly interchangeable with the other pieces I already owned.
One morning I woke up early and took everything out of my closet. I put back in only my absolute favorite pieces and items that I believed would work for creating a fabulous capsule wardrobe. What I noticed is that there were at least six items that were missing or needed updating from my wardrobe to truly develop the chic capsule wardrobe that I’d envisioned. Without editing my wardrobe carefully I would not even have noticed what these vital pieces were.
The benefit of having a capsule wardrobe is for ease getting ready for any occasion, feeling amazing with what you are wearing, and looking put together almost effortlessly.
This is a way to have quality pieces versus a ton of less valuable items that you aren’t crazy about or that are not cohesive. In order to actually create a capsule wardrobe that will create a feeling of happiness versus deprivation, you have to put a lot of thought into each piece. One of the greatest benefits is that you will save more money in the end by avoiding excessive shopping while being able to afford higher quality clothing.
I was honestly freaking out as I placed more and more clothing and shoes into the sell/donation pile. I ended up with four bags of clothing and shoes total that will most likely go out today. I realized that although some pieces were nice, I wasn’t the least interested in wearing them. This is usually the sign of holding onto things “just in case”.
I noticed that I was keeping pieces that I didn’t truly love because I wasn’t wanting to take the time to do “mission shopping” to replace them.
It is much more enjoyable to me to window shop or thrift for unique finds than to shop for specific pieces to enhance your wardrobe. Yet this type of shopping is critical for creating the cohesive style for a solid capsule wardrobe. It was very apparent that I had missed my usual spring cleaning appointment this past season!
So over the next month or so I plan to look for the key pieces currently missing from my wardrobe. Once these pieces are found it will be easier to further edit my style. My ideal capsule wardrobe is very much like owning pieces from one or two fashion collections where everything compliments each other.
It has so far felt extremely freeing to pack up and ship out all of the clothing and shoes that I had lukewarm feelings about. I’m even more in awe of how much I don’t miss anything that I removed from my closet, yet I still have more to do. As usual this decluttering session has also lead me to sort through other areas in my home as well. If you’re new to downsizing your wardrobe feel free to start here. Even though it can be challenging, I’m realizing that it still gets easier every time.
Trying to live a more minimalist lifestyle takes effort, yet the rewards are far greater than the work it takes to get there.
What do you think about the idea of the capsule wardrobe?
(Image by American Apparel)