I first heard about a capsule wardrobe and the thought behind it while reading one of my favorite blogs, Espresso and Cream. Another blogger, Caroline, the author behind Unfancy, began this new minimalist wardrobe craze . Here is the basic idea behind a capsule wardrobe from Caroline herself:
“Simple definition? It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear… For Unfancy purposes, it’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes… Ever buy some fun new clothes, but end up wearing your old favorites anyway? Me too. Ever go to your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, even when your closet is filled with clothes? Me too!… To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.”
The first two thoughts to enter my head after reading about a capsule wardrobe was
- How true!
- This is me!
I own so many clothes, but it can be easy for me to look into my closet and feel as if I have nothing to wear. I tend to be drawn to the same clothes over and over again while not touching half of what’s in my closet. I then go out searching for new clothes to buy when I already have so many pieces on my hangers at home that I don’t wear already. We are talking hundreds of dollars in clothes that just sit in my closet. It makes me sad to think about all of the money I’ve wasted, but the good news is that I have a plan going forward and it’s called a capsule wardrobe.
Last weekend I pulled all of the clothes out of my closet and began sorting, putting some in the definite keep pile, a few in the maybe pile, and others in the giveaway pile. I wanted to start from scratch, but in order to do so I had to be honest with myself about what I like to wear.
Here are five things I realized about my wardrobe during the sorting process that I would like to put to use when shopping in the future:
- I love wearing comfortable clothes and if it’s not comfortable, I either won’t wear it or I will dread wearing it the whole time.
This doesn’t mean that I will wear sweatpants every day, but a beautiful tunic blouse with comfortable fit skinny jeans and cute flats, or a loose fitting tank with a tailored (not to tight!) skirt and wedges, are my go-to pieces. One of my biggest hang-ups is if something is too tight, not form fitting, but too small!
- Keep the focus on how I look and feel in the clothes, not on how they look on the mannequin or hangers.
No bodies are the same; it’s true! Just because something looks great on a tall and slender mannequin does not mean it will look the same way on my 5’ 3” figure… And that’s okay! I need to focus on what the clothes really look like and how I really see myself and feel in them when I try them on, not on what I wish the pieces looked like.
- Quality over quantity.
I like bargain shopping as much as the next girl, but it is honestly a kryptonite of mine as well. So many times before, I would buy clothes, shoes or home décor just because it is on sale and would wind up either never wearing it or experiencing the dreaded buyer’s remorse. Not anymore! I would absolutely rather have one investment pair of jeans that I love so much rather than three pairs of less than perfect jeans for the same price.
- Less is more.
I am realizing that I don’t need a closet full of average items, but what I really need are key pieces that I love. If you want to wear literally everything in your closet, it makes getting ready so easy and it saves money and time in the long run!
- Stick with the classics.
I have tried to be trendy with my clothing purchases before, but I need to be honest with myself; I am a classic girl through and through. I prefer timeless pieces a lot more than trendy ones and I need to remember this when I shop. This doesn’t mean that I can’t ever try a trend, but it does mean I don’t need to try every trend there is, just the ones I really love.
After cleaning out my closet, I still have a bit more than the suggested 37 pieces. (More like 45…) I plan on keeping a few of the maybes in my closet for now just to see if any occasions pop up in which I wear them. If not, I will be giving those pieces away as well. (I love these ideas for what to do with the clothes that don’t make the keep cut.) My goal is to not buy any more clothes for the rest of the summer season. That is a lofty one I know, but we will see how it goes. I am so far enjoying this transition into a more minimal closet, and I have a feeling this idea of minimalism will pour into other areas of my life as well!
- Have you ever heard of a time capsule wardrobe? What are your thoughts on the idea behind it?
- Tell me about your shopping habits? Do you stick to the rule quality over quantity? Do you prefer more classic or trendy pieces?
- What are the most important characteristics you look for in items while shopping?
- Do you consider yourself a ‘minimalist’?