My Capsule Wardrobe

So… I have a slogan. And it’s probably one you’ve heard before: JUST DO IT.

Yup. That’s my slogan. I stole it from Nike. I realized recently that when I spend too long contemplating something, it never happens. So I decided to finally try what I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: the capsule wardrobe.

Over the past few years, I’ve gotten exceedingly overwhelmed by my closet. Not just overwhelmed… defeated.

Luckily, no one knows how insane my side of the room looks, other than my husband. Pretty much as if there was an explosion at Old Navy, to be succinct. I’m not creative and I’m not good at utilizing my clothes well. Consequently, I end up wearing nothing but workout clothes (because it’s the “I don’t have to try” look). Here’s a little peak at a pile of my clothes:

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BLEH. Just looking at it, I can feel my heart rate go up. That is really too much. Oh and with all those clothes, guess how I typically dress? like this:

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So I started reading about “capsule wardrobes” (which is totally a thing right now) and I decided I had to try it.

A capsule wardrobe can be defined as “a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you love to wear.”

The main goals are to spend less time meandering through your clothes and more time doing things that matter. It’s to declutter and do more with less. It aims to create a closet that is NOT overwhelming & disorganized, but one that is clean and filled with flattering wardrobe. Plus, there’s the added bonus of living in simplicity.

Music to my ears. I could not wait to do it!

A lot of sites give different rules. Here’s how I decided to do it.

There is typically one capsule per season, so I created one with 34 items to last for the next 3 months.

What’s Included: dresses, bottoms, tops, outerwear, shoes.

What’s NOT Included: cocktail attire, workout clothes, accessories & PJ’s.

Here’s MY capsule in case any one wants to try it with me!

I will be using 34 items in the span of 3 months:

10 Tops
three patterned
two semi-patterned
five solid
two cami’s (I’m not counting these since I treat them as under-garments)

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6 cardigans/jackets
all neutral colors
one jean-jacket

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9 bottoms
one pair of jeans
two pairs of shorts
two pairs of black leggings (different lengths)
one pair of grey leggings
one black maxi skirt
one knee-length white & navy skirt
one pair of black pants

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3 dresses
one patterned
two solid

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6 pairs of shoes
one pair of boots
one pair of wedges
one pair of flats
one pair of tennis shoes
two sandals (one not pictured)

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Things you should know & tips on getting started:

  • I donated a lot of my old clothes, but I also stored some.
    It’s good to get rid of clothes you never wear. But I also kept some, which made me less intimidated by this project… knowing that I wasn’t tossing everything out helped me actually do it.
  • Try sticking with neutral colors as much as possible.
    Trust me. Patterns can get exhausting. And so can bright colors. Neutrals match with everything. I noticed most capsule wardrobes are filled with neutrals!
  • Start a wardrobe from scratch if that excites you.
    I used clothes I already have, but a lot of bloggers donate and sell old clothes & use the money to buy new pieces that complete their capsule. Do whatever suits you!

Join me! I will write another post at the end of the three months to let you know how it went and what I learned 🙂

Has anyone ever done this or is thinking about trying it? I would love to hear thoughts!

The PMT Style Challenge: An invitation

Ok everyone. This is something I’m actually pretty excited about.

If you’ve ever looked at my Pinterest board filled with women’s fashion, you probably think to yourself, “wow… why doesn’t she dress like that?” Well… a few reasons:

1. Clothes are expensive

2. I’m a mom and we often don’t have time or energy to look cute (or maybe it’s just me)

3. I’m never great at putting together the clothing items I already have

But since the new year has started I’ve been feeling pretty energetic about actually getting dressed in the morning and attempting to look somewhat put together (especially now that I’m back in grad school and at an internship).

So here’s something I found to encourage, excite & direct me in my wardrobe adventures:
The PMT Style Challenge from www.puttingmetogether.com

I happen to know the blogger; she is a wonderful woman AND mother, as well as fashionista (obviously). She is creating a weekly style challenge in order to help us ladies better work our closets and find ways to formulate great outfits from our wardrobe.

**You can find all the info here: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/p/style-challenge.html

I don’t know if I’ll be posting every week, but this week I decided to fully embrace the challenge and get more people involved if they want in. On my end of it, I’ll be putting my clothes together as fashionably as I possibly can, and also as inexpensively as I possibly can (just FYI most of my clothes are from Target or Ross). Join me, will you?

Week 1: Wear a Dress

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Cardigan: Ross ($8)
Scarf: Target ($10 on Clearance)
Leggings: Victoria’s Secret (free with my other purchase)
Dress, Boots & Socks: from so long ago that I can’t even remember (>4 years old)