I’ve been in love with the concept of a capsule wardrobe since my friend Zoe introduced me last summer. For those of you are unfamiliar, it is a small, curated wardrobe (usually 30-something pieces) made up of well-fitting clothes that all work well together. What entices me so much about it is that it seems so stress-free to look at your closet knowing that everything matches and, with a little accessorizing, you’ll always have a great outfit.
I’ve tried to capsule my own wardrobe a couple of times, but I always stop short of actually accomplishing the goal. Even though I basically wear the same 10 things week in and week out, the act of paring down my very full closet to less than 50 pieces is very intimidating. I excel at telling myself that I’ll definitely be missing all those pieces that I put away, even if I haven’t worn them in months.
Another hesitation I find myself facing is that I’ve never been great at accessorizing. I can put together an outfit that matches as well as the next person but don’t ask me what necklace or shoes are the perfect match. It’s just not something I’ve considered much with such a closet full of clothes. I worry that without the ability to add accessories into my daily routine, I’ll end up wearing the same outfits every day.
This is where I’m going to interrupt myself because, as always, the bulk of this post is about hesitation, worry, and fear. I somehow let those three feelings creep into even the smallest nooks and crannies of my life – including my closet. When it comes to whether or not I should do a capsule wardrobe I’ve analyzed the pros and cons, read all the blogs, and talked it over with my mom. I’ve thought about trying it consistently since I heard about it, and I think that the only way to stop considering it is to just do it. After all, what’s the point of fear if not to face it?
Luckily, it’s the perfect time to make this decision. With my birthday next week, my mom and I are headed to the outlets this weekend for some shopping. Instead of heading the mall with no plan but to buy, I’ve used un-fancy’s capsule planner to get a grasp of how I’ll make a capsule work for me. Based on the planner, here is the list of things I’m looking for in order of importance:
- Loose but well fitted solid, patterned and graphic t-shirts
- Chambray shirt
- Solid and patterned button up shirts
- Statement necklaces
- Lightweight scarves & kimonos
- Neutral colored blazer
- Black maxi dress
- Denim jacket
- Denim vest
- Hunter green jeans
While I probably won’t come home with all of the pieces, I’m excited to head to the mall with some purpose and finally try out a capsule. The reason that I’m calling it a “kind of capsule” experiment is, in general, the fewer rules I impose on myself the better. I’m going to take the basic idea of a capsule wardrobe and fit it into my lifestyle.
If you’re looking for more information on capsule wardrobes in general, I’d recommend checking out un-fancy.com. She offers the same wardrobe planner I used for free, and has been my favorite capsule blogger for the last year!
Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe? If so, please share your tips for working with a small wardrobe!