There’s nothing more frustrating than standing in front of an overstuffed closet and feeling like you’ve got nothing to wear. Pair that with a super busy schedule full of work, errand running and kids and the frustration level skyrockets. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a wardrobe that required little thought AND made you feel good?
Yup, that’s what I thought . . . THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!
But how? Well, that’s the whole idea behind the capsule wardrobe. A friend told me about this concept a while ago. Essentially she pared down her closet to a few essential items that 1) she loved and 2) fit well.
Since then I’ve been obsessed with the idea and now that summer is nearly here, there’s no better time to take to capsule wardrobe plunge. First off I did a little research.
What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe breaks down your closet into basic core pieces including clothes, accessories and shoes. These basic pieces are the staples of your wardrobe that you build on. Makes sense and sounds easy enough but I still wasn’t sure where or how to begin.
Thank goodness for Google. I found two blogs that were super helpful and broke down the process.
Be More With Less takes a very interesting – and doable – approach to the capsule wardrobe by developing Project 333 described as “A small collection of 33 items including clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes that encourage you to wear your favorite things every day (not the trendiest things, the most stylish things, or the perfect things … your favorite things).”
The blog then goes on to explain how to go about culling your favorite items and gives guidelines about how long to keep these items in rotation – about 3 months which roughly coincides with a season.
Pinch of Yum also has a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to getting started with a capsule wardrobe. She describes the capsule wardrobe as “just a trendy-cool name for a small collection of useful clothing that you love that changes with each season.”
Again, not scary at all and something that I can totally embrace.
What to include and what to set aside?
If you’re like me you’ve probably got clothes in your closet that may not fit now but that you hope will fit again one day (ha!). In addition to that you have clothes for work, errand running, exercise, a night out with your sweetie or the girls and so on. When taking into consideration what to include in your rotation consider your lifestyle, what you love and WHAT FITS!
Remember, you’re not necessarily throwing anything away. You’re just creating a basic wardrobe that you will be wearing for a specific period of time.
For me summer is the perfect time to experiment. I love to wear dresses and skirts for both work and play.
Before getting started I also looked to Pinterest for inspiration. Here are some of my favorite boards that really helped.
Can’t wait to simplify things! Would love to hear about any tips or suggestions you have for starting a capsule wardrobe.