As someone who has been interested in fashion my whole life, I was surprised when I found myself at a wall when it came to getting dressed in the morning. "I have N O T H I N G to wear!", I said, time and time again. After many months, I decided that something needed to change, because I was spending way too much time in my closet every day, and it was making me late, flustered, and frustrated. I had heard the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I wasn't sure if it would really work.
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?
A capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux in the 1970s; a small collection of pieces in your closet that you can mix up seasonally.
Caroline Rector of the blog Unfancy, and chic stores like Madewell and Everlane, made this idea of a capsule wardrobe popular in the more recent years.
This summer, I discovered Caroline's blog and was inspired to take a shot at my own capsule wardrobe and it was a complete success. No longer did I have to spend 30 minutes every morning trying to decide what style I was going for; sifting through hanger upon hanger of clothes I haven't worn in years. I just picked a go-to piece from my summer capsule and moved on with my day.
No matter if you're a working woman, a mom, or a student - let's face it, we're all busy women. We want the task of getting dressed in the morning to be effortless, not a hassle. We have more important things to do, and while looking great is important to us, it's not the most important. It's time that we make room for the most important things in our lives by simplifying the less important ones, like our wardrobe.
This fall, I chose 18 articles of clothing: 5 jackets/sweaters, 3 pairs of pants, 2 dresses, 8 tops, and versatile accessories. I am committing to mixing and matching ONLY these pieces for the next three months, not including special event wear or loungewear for the house.
So, we talked about the time-saving benefit of your capsule wardrobe, but are there other benefits? Here's a few:
1. It saves you MONEY. One of the commitments you make when creating a seasonal capsule wardrobe (my seasons are Winter: January-March // Spring: April-June // Summer: July-September // Winter: October-December) is to commit to only shopping in the few weeks leading up to your next season. That means you are taking a majority of the pieces in your closet that you already have and purchasing only a few statements pieces that you can mix in. You are shopping for only a few weeks before each season, and during the season, shopping for clothes is not allowed!
2. It helps you develop your PERSONAL STYLE. No longer are you trying to figure out if you're sporty, preppy, preppy chic, or punk. No longer are you left wondering if the outfit you wore yesterday is a good reflection of the woman that you are. Why wear cheetah print if you hate it? A capsule wardrobe fixes that.
So how do you get started?!
1. Take a look at your closet. Pull the pieces that you love. What do you love about them? Notice the things you say. Hold on to those.
2. Throw out the things you don't like or haven't worn in the last 6 months. Ask yourself why you think you'll wear them in the next 6 months if you haven't touched them in the last 6.
3. Hold on to the things that you can't part with, even if you don't have a good reason. I call those "maybe" pieces. Put those in a box in your garage. Next season, if you look at those pieces and feel the same way, DONATE THEM.
4. Build your capsule! A great start is having a variety 30 or so pieces that you can mix and match with. If you can't come up with 30 pieces in your closet, compile a shopping list of the things you know you want to buy. Remember, the purpose of a capsule wardrobe is LESS STRESS and LESS MONEY. Don't feel like you must have exactly 30 pieces to have a great capsule!
Below, I'll share with you the pieces I chose for my Fall wardrobe. As you can tell, all of these pieces are in neutral colors so they can easily match each other. Keep in mind, I live in San Diego where it doesn't get below 60 degrees until December, so I don't need a lot of sweaters. I also work in a very casual environment, so you won't find much business casual inspiration here.
JACKETS & SWEATERS
I chose a denim jacket, leather jacket, a varsity jacket, and two long sweaters to be worn over shirts and jeans or a casual dress.
BOTTOMS & DRESSES
I chose three pairs of jeans that I can wear every day with a basic top and converse, or dress up with a blouse and necklace! I also chose a black t-shirt dress and a sweatshirt dress for cooler days. These black overalls are the statement piece of any outfit, so I like to keep things basic with this - but a great item for the days you don't feel like putting an outfit together!
The four tops in the first row are my everyday, basic, casual tops. The blouse on the bottom left is for dressier occasions, the silk camisoles in the middle are to be worn under a jacket or layered underneath a shirt, and the sweater is for cooler days or nights!
SHOES & ACCESSORIES
And now to my favorite part, the accessories. I love that all of these accessories can be mixed with each other to dress up an outfit, or make it a little more appealing. My one and only bag this season is from Madewell, and it's the perfect size! It's not too big where it weighs down my shoulder, but just big enough to fit all the necessities. I dressed it up with a tassel keychain (similar bag accessories), but I also will tie the bandana around it for a change!
So that's my fall capsule! In the next three months, I'm going to be sharing how I pair these pieces with each other to create versatility with ease!
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