Cutting Back: My Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I like simple. Simple, simple, simple. I love simple clothes that are easy to layer and versatile. My closet begs to differ, BUT I’m working on it.

Cutting back

Lately, I’ve been fascinated with capsule wardrobes and the simplicity. If you’re new to capsule wardrobes (like me!), a capsule wardrobe basically consists of pieces that mix and match, coordinating easily. I’ve looked at MANY capsule wardrobes, and I know there are multiple ways to do this. Some people choose to narrow their closet down to a set number – for example: 9 tops, 5 pants, and 5 pairs of shoes. Some have a capsule wardrobe for each season. Other people keep it larger but only keep a certain color scheme so that everything in their closet coordinates.

With my love and need for simplicity, you can probably see why capsule wardrobes fascinate me so much. SO – over the weekend, I made it my project to clean out my closet. I started by taking everything out and only putting back the clothes I actually love. Ok, I MAY have been a little lenient and kept a few things for sentimental reasons or just because I liked them. But overall, just by taking everything out and sorting through it – I was able to get a good jump start on narrowing down my options.

Getting started

If you’re new to capsule wardrobes, here are a few steps to help you get started…

First, go through your closet! Weed out the clothes you KNOW you can live without. Make the easy decisions first. If it helps, sort your clothing into piles of “love it,” “like it,” and “can live without it.”

Can we just talk about jeans for a second? I mean, for the love, why do I own 25 pairs of jeans?! First, I don’t even WEAR jeans unless they are skinny jeans or jeggings. Second, this mama prefers leggings. Leggings = life. Sorry, not sorry. I saved a few pairs of jeans just in case, but overall – those were a no brainer for me to part with.

Second, choose your base colors. In my opinion, neutrals work best. I would say MOST of my wardrobe consists of neutral colors – black, white, gray, cream, and navy. Even after you choose your base colors, you may be able to part with a few of those. I literally had about 12 black t shirts. I have no need for THAT many of the same thing, so it was easy to choose just a few of my favorites and say goodbye to the rest.

Next, choose which colors you want to accent with. This may change seasonally. Right now I’m a little obsessed with mustard and burgundy accents. So I’m saving pieces and even accessories with those colors for Fall, but the neons and wild patterns have got to go.

Side note: This is all about personal preference. KEEP the patterns you love and actually wear! I’m not much for crazy patterns personally, but I do love stripes and polka dots! I use these patterns to layer with, so it’s necessary for me to keep those stripes and dots that I truly love.

Lastly, keep your eyes out for the pieces and/or colors you need to complete your wardrobe. If you can’t afford to run out and buy a handful of the basics that you need, watch for sales on those items! It’s ok for this to be a gradual process. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Think of it as a project, and take it one step at a time! Decide what the end goal is for YOU PERSONALLY, and begin with baby steps.

What’s your goal?

Honestly, I’ve simply only begun, and I’ve got a long way to go. My personal goal for a capsule wardrobe is to hang on to mainly neutral solids that are easy to coordinate. I need to spend less time and stress over getting dressed when we are trying to run out the door.

Just by doing the research on capsule wardrobes and by beginning the “purge” process, I’ve come to realize that I DO, personally, tend to go for the same styles and colors overall. I wear a lot of black, white, and grey already. Why am I hanging onto all of these vibrant colors and funky patterns when I already know they are hard to coordinate and I NEVER wear them? Good question.

One thing I’ve come to realize in this process – LESS IS MORE! Really! I feel like I have so many more options even though I just cut my wardrobe by nearly half. I can actually SEE what’s there, and it’s in an arrangement that simply works better for me at this moment. My favorite things don’t get buried and forgotten about amongst animal prints and blouses that are two times too small. (I’m sorry if you love animal prints, I simply have never been able to pull them off.)

It’s extremely refreshing to step into a well organized closet. It makes getting dressed easier and less stressful, and it saves me so much time. As a busy mama, I don’t have extra time to try on multiple outfits and consider all of my options. I typically have an audience of at least two or three when getting dressed – so the quicker I can get in and out of my closet, the better.

If a capsule wardrobe sounds as appealing to you as it does to me, I encourage you to take just the first step! I know it’s not technically time for “Spring cleaning,” but I feel that a good closet evaluation and clean out can be necessary a few times a year. It’s especially helpful as we transition into a new season. I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond ready for sweater and leggings weather!

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Until next time.