Today is the happiest of Mondays! Can you guess why? It’s our first week back to normal! Last Friday, Carl was completely cleared by his doctor and returned to work on Sunday. This kidney ordeal is finally over! I can’t believe during our first night in the ER I thought this was going to be a one-night event. Nope. Finally, a month later, our lives have returned to normal. I’m really hoping the rest of our year is smooth sailing, because illnesses and leave of absences from work are no bueno.
Speaking of our year, I’ve dived into my next project for my year of less. Well, to be honest, I started the process weeks ago but I’m finally to a point of sharing. The project I will be working on for the rest of the year is…… a capsule wardrobe.
Now, I know I’m not trying anything new. In fact, I’ve seen capsule wardrobes becoming more and more popular recently. I never really found myself in a place where a capsule wardrobe was realistic for me. For one, I used to work in a clothing store, and two, I had a million different jobs all requiring different wardrobe. At 26, I finally feel like I am to a point in my life where I can completely develop a style of my own that works for all of my responsibilities. I’m super pumped.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is essentially a wardrobe consisting of a minimal number of pieces that are your style while remaining versatile and functional. It utilizes a “uniform” that is your go-to outfit and pieces that can be mixed and matched. I’ve seen anywhere between 20-40 pieces me the “right number” of a capsule wardrobe.The main idea is to own nothing that doesn’t 100% bring you joy and express your style.
How to start the process
I’ve begun ruthlessly purging my closet and I’ve found the fewer clothes I owned, the more creative I felt. It has also become easier to get dressed and I don’t feel as though I’ve lost variety in my wardrobe. Detaching myself from the cost or giver of the clothing item, I found it easy to get rid of things. If I wasn’t regularly wearing it or didn’t 100% love it, I didn’t need it.
I chose not to take one day to just throw everything away and be left with only 40% of my closet. I instead kept a bag in my room where I would put everything I planned on donating into. I kept it there for about two months until it was full. Whenever I felt like an item wasn’t getting worn or was something I was annoyed with having to iron all the time, I threw it in the bag. I also keep a bin in our guest bedroom where I put clothes I want to use for crafting. I plan on using the fabric for projects in the future.
Evaluate your taste
I started keeping a running list on my phone where I kept track of my clothing likes and dislikes. It’s become my checklist for creating my capsule wardrobe. I include color preferences, fabric choices and everything else that I like and dislike about clothes. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
Do not like:
- super girly pink
- really fitted tops
- navy blue
- light brown or cream
- sequins or glitter
- machine washable and dryable
- looser fitting
- long torso
- some pink
- easily layered
Define what it means to you
People choose different goal numbers for their wardrobe size. People also exclude and include certain categories from their list. I’ve seen people include jewelry and scarves into their 40 piece wardrobe and I’ve seen people have everything they need with 30 pieces. (Though I will say people generally do not include things like underwear and such in their count.)
I’ve thought about what type of wardrobe I want to build and I still have not come up with a “goal number” and honestly don’t think I ever will. For me, I’m working to create a specific style with a minimal number of pieces. Currently, I am minimizing what I have down to the bare bones. I want to get to only the items I love.
I am somewhat actively building my wardrobe with pieces I love. My main goal is to only add items to my closet that I truly love and come from a trusted source. I’ve decided to make it a goal to buy from stores that are small businesses or socially conscious companies. I love the idea of supporting the areas I believe while accumulating pieces I am truly inspired by and proud of. I also plan to keep my clothes to a minimum, and bring in a variety through my jewelry and other accessories.
Don’t rush through it, but add pieces to your wardrobe as you come across them. The key is to only add pieces you truly love. Think of all the clothes you got rid of because you only wore them a few times? Don’t buy a piece only to throw it in the donate pile later. No sale is worth buying something you don’te love.
These blogs/articles have been super helpful and or inspiring to me as I’ve learned and begun the capsule wardrobe process.
Could you have a capsule wardrobe?