During our recent move I lost one of my sleeveless shirts. I’ve never lost anything during a move, but there is a first for everything. I decided to replace it since my already small capsule wardrobe needed every sleeveless top in it for the summer.
I went to Crossroads, one of my favorite consignment shops and found a great blouse in a neutral blush tone, and also a sweet black leather skirt. I had wanted to replace a pair of pants in my S/S 2014 Capsule Wardrobe with a summer dress, but this skirt kind of took over my original plan, plus it would transition well into the fall/winter season.
While bringing home my new finds, I decided to use the “One IN One OUT” rule of minimalist living. For any new item that comes into your home, one item must go out. When you are paring down your possessions, sometimes it is necessary to replace something when lost, worn out, or broken, or in the instance finding something that may work better for you. Instead of constantly collecting new items, take the time to find things that don’t work, or are not loved, and let them go with each new item that you bring into your home.
Obviously I needed to replace my lost cream sleeveless shirt, and then decided to let go of the navy high waisted cropped pants to make space for the sweet black skirt. I was hardly wearing the navy pants as much as other pieces so I didn’t think twice about my decision. Replacing an item that I hardly wear for one I will works better when styling a capsule wardrobe.
This simple rule can work for pretty much any personal possession. It also allows you the freedom to bring in something new when you desire, yet you will have to let something go when you get home which will keep you from shopping unnecessarily if every item brought in pushes something else out.
How do you keep your things pared down?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)