You guys, I finally did it! I created a capsule wardrobe!
The Closet Clean-Out & The 3-month Shopping Freeze
About 3 months ago I did a serious closet clean-out. We’re talking 4 trash bags of clothing, shoes, and accessories that I either didn’t wear, didn’t feel confident wearing, or just was meh about.
Cleaning out my closet was a pretty liberating feeling. I could feel the weight of consumerism lifting off me with each piece I discarded. And when I was done and saw only my favorite pieces in the closet, I was excited.
After the closet clean-out, Caroline Rector of Un-fancy recommends a three month spending freeze so you can enjoy what’s in your closet, find out what pieces need to be added to complete your wardrobe, and figure out if there are any pieces that made it through the first round of cuts that should still go.
Not shopping for three months was so easy you guys. I saved so much time driving to the stores, walking around stores, trying on clothes (the worst, right?). And financially, well that was the best. A good chunk of money during this time went towards last minute wedding expenses, and after the wedding, we got to see the rewards of freeing up our time and money.
To start my capsule wardrobe planning, I started a Pinterest board (here!). If you choose to create a Pinterest board, I’m going to caution you to pin minimally. Don’t pin so many different outfits that you’re overwhelmed when you look through your board later.
After looking through my Pinterest board and my current closet, I came up with the style words I want to describe my style, the colors that I love to wear, and the textures and prints that I want to incorporate.
Style Words: Classic + Casual + Comfortable
Color Palette: Ivory, White, Gray, Light Blue
Textures & Prints: Thin stripes
I also thought about the considerations that I needed to think about when creating my capsule. So many capsule wardrobes on Pinterest include a handful of skirts and dresses, or clothing pieces I wouldn’t ever wear. If it’s not a piece you’ll wear often, you don’t need it. Make your capsule your capsule.
These are the considerations I needed to keep in mind as I created my capsule:
- I don’t dress up often
- I rarely wear dresses and skirts
- I like tops that are more flowy and loose
- I like fabrics soft to touch
- I like higher necklines
- I like destroyed denim
- I would like more high-quality pieces
- I would like to incorporate more ethically produced clothing
- I already have a mini-capsule for workout clothes (3 bottoms, 3 tops)
- I would like to purchase more affordable pieces now, and allow myself time to save up more money so that next time I can invest in more ethical/high-quality pieces as my initial pieces become worn
Because I live in Texas and it is 70 degree out in February, I decided to have a Spring + Summer capsule, and a Fall + Winter capsule.
And, without further adieu, here is my Spring + Summer Capsule!
My Spring + Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe
A few pieces of my capsule aren’t included above.
I also have light gray and a black t-shirt dresses. These can be dressed up or down easily and were purchased from Target last summer on sale.
I also have a crewneck sweater from J.Crew Mercantile that was on super sale. It is a lightweight sweater with thin black and tan stripes that is so comfortable. It was a perfect addition because I needed something a little warmer for cooler days/nights but also something that would tie in more tans to my wardrobe.
Also, I do still have quite a few t-shirts because I wear them pretty frequently around the house (or on really lazy days when looking put together is not a priority).
Then, as for dressy shoes, I’m torn on these because occasions do come around when I need heels, but they’re rare and so I don’t want to invest in heels right now. I have my Toms wedges that I wore to my wedding and I think that those should be all I need right now!
I’ve been working with my capsule for about a week and I’m loving it. When I want to look put together, it only takes a couple of minutes because I love everything in my closet, and everything matches. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.
I think that I’ll allow room to embrace 1-2 trends each season because that’s just fun if you ask me. Right now, I don’t really have any trend pieces that I’m wanting so I’m not ready to purchase anything trendy yet.
An example of what I’m thinking here is like those linen shorts with pom-poms on the hem a couple summers ago or something. Cute, fun, and easily incorporated into my capsule!
What do you think of my capsule wardrobe?