The 33 Days Declutter Project really encouraged me to become much more honest about the items in my life in which I really loved versus the ones that were literally just taking up space. I was surprised that during this project I became more aware of the clothing that I really wasn’t even wearing despite the fact that I had created a fall/winter wardrobe that only consisted of 15 core pieces and four extra tees. Over the month of December and this month I released more clothing from my entire wardrobe, yet did find three great pieces to better fit my fall/winter capsule wardrobe.
Here’s what’s been added to my fall/winter capsule wardrobe…
Here are the fall/winter pieces that I let go of and why…
When I noticed that I wasn’t even wanting to wear pieces like the pumpkin cardigan or wool pants in my wardrobe I knew it was time to let it go. I would put them on then end up changing a few minutes later. A true sign that it isn’t working.
Sometimes pieces just don’t work out and holding on to them just clogs the closet.
The black down vest had already served its purpose on a backpacking trip I took a few years ago, but not so much any more. It was no longer a strong piece for my current wardrobe and lifestyle. I will say I was disappointed that my Erin Snow jacket had lost its vibrancy. The lining of this jacket was too embarrassing to let anyone see. It was time to get another jacket or coat, and I hadn’t realized it until later on. The vintage evening coat was my mother’s, and didn’t flatter me as much as I would have liked when I did wear it that one time. I have a great appreciation for unique vintage pieces, yet finding ones that really embellish my style is important. I plan to sell that piece to one of the many vintage stores in Los Angeles.
All in all finding the right pieces for your wardrobe while eliminating the others just takes some truthfulness.
I needed a really warm sweater and my current wardrobe was dominated with pants, so a skirt I really loved was also essential. The sweater I found on Etsy and was new old stock. It is wonderful when you can find vintage pieces that were never worn. Don’t sleep on finding great vintage pieces on Etsy especially if you don’t have many incredible consignment shops in your area. The skirt is another great find from a local consignment shop.
I’ve been slowly piecing together my spring/summer capsule wardrobe for 2014 by really getting a better idea about the items that I am drawn to wear every day. I don’t need too much, yet I’ve eliminated the weak links to keep an eye out for stronger pieces. I also have a much better idea of the silhouettes that most flatter, and have been paying more attention to the style of items I do love.
One major thing that I learned is that I really don’t enjoy maxi dresses as much as I thought. My previous spring/summer capsule wardrobe had more than I needed. That was my first capsule wardrobe though, and I had just started really tuning in to my own personal style.
Being honest with yourself just makes it all so much easier! For more tips on creating a capsule wardrobe easily read this. To read more articles on the capsule wardrobe go here.
Peace & Sunshine!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)