So, I have decided to attempt using a capsule wardrobe.
Since I will be moving soon (whether I want to or not…I mean, don’t get me wrong, I want to, but it’s still stressful) and I am trying to simplify my life and I wear the same things over and over and over again, I decided that now would be a great time to begin and try out a capsule wardrobe.
This is something that I have thought of doing for a while and something that I’m excited about trying out for quite a while and to really hone in on my style and be able to spend more time doing things and less time doing laundry/deciding what to wear.
I will probably end up cheating this first go round (especially since it should have already started), but we’ll see.
For those of you that don’t know, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing that you wear for 3 months at a time. It is 33 pieces and it is all you are allowed to wear. These items do not include your underwear/pajamas/lounge around clothes/workout clothes. So that’s all really good for me. I have also decided that I should maybe try to pare down my workout wardrobe a little bit, but we’ll see how that goes.
So, my process is going to go like this. I have made my list. I have room for a few more things on my list and as May comes and goes, I will be looking to possibly swap out some items and add in different items. I am going to allow myself the chance to swap out a pair of pants as necessary for something shorter (a skirt, short, or most likely a pair of capris). And, although I’m not supposed to wear my workout clothes out of the house, I’m sure that I will occasionally do this.
So, here is my list. I was going to post pictures, but it just didn’t happen.
- Brown fringe booties
- Navy blue booties
- Cream lace flats
- Black flats
- New Balance sneakers*
- Nude heels
- Flip flops
- Black dress pants
- Blue skinny jeans
- Blue bootcut jeans
- Gray leggings
- Pixie Pant**
- Short sleeve Old Navy dress
- Sleeveless Old Navy dress
- Navy/mint dress
- Black/White dress
- Green t-shirt
- Teal t-shirt
- Cream t-shirt
- Black t-shirt
- Yellow t-shirt
- Pink/White tank
- Maroon cardigan
- Gray cardigan
- Black/White cardigan
- Black blazer w/ white cuffs
- Under Armour sweatshirt (Pink)
- Under Armour sweatshirt (Purple)
- Blue pashmina scarf
- Infinity scarf***
*These sneakers may be traded out for a different pair as these will become workout exclusive sneakers – I also have a pair of hiking sneakers that will stay in my wardrobe but only be used for that purpose
**I do not have a pair of Pixie pants currently, but am looking to purchase a pair
***I have not decided what infinity scarf I want to use, but will decide
I also have a few TBD items. These are sort of so that I can fill them in as I need to.
Also, all of those t-shirts may be swapped out for other shirts and/or newer tshirts (these are just solid tees from Target that I have been wearing for a while and some probably need to be replaced).
The purpose of this is two-fold. First, I want to explore and hone in on my personal style. Because I think that once I have a good idea of my personal style (besides lazy bum, which is definitely what it has been lately), I can take that and run with it and then I will be able to explore new ways to put outfits together that will work for me.
The second thing is, I think that if I begin to pack, I will pack away the clothes that are out of season/that I might want to keep and then I will revisit them and already have them packed away for my move. (This is actually a pretty big reason I want to do this).
I will try to post pictures once I have the wardrobe totally figured out – and I have some time. Because I think that my months will break down to the following as I do this: June-August, September-November, December-February, March-May.
I’m really excited to try this experiment and make it work for me. I think that through it I will be able to explore new color schemes and things that would maybe be good for me. And I just think that it could (and will) be really good for simplicity’s sake.
What do you think of my capsule wardrobe? What do I still need? What am I forgetting? Help me out here, people!