How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
But seriously, over the past few months I have been distracted by the shiny objects—an orange furry purse here, Cardi B’s Moschino jacket there. I’m all for getting some fun one-of-a-kind pieces—but I wasn’t wearing any of mine. I was overwhelmed and tired. I would wear the same Adidas sweatshirt, stretchy Old Navy jeans, and slip-on Nikes all of the time. I am also all for rocking a uniform, but not if I’m filling up my clothes rack (my small SF closet is already full) with these fun, shiny things I wasn’t wearing.
I knew it was time to finally try a capsule wardrobe.
Come along with me as I try this minimalist trend and see if I learn anything about my personal style and building a more thoughtful—but still fun!–wardrobe.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
London boutique owner Susie Faux came up with the term "capsule wardrobe" in the 1970s to describe a minimal wardrobe composed of 30 to 40 high-quality, versatile items that will meet your needs for a given time amount of time.
How do you build a capsule wardrobe?
I will be following the rules of Caroline from Unfancy who develops her seasonal capsule wardrobes from 37 items. I am going to be honest—I will be doing this test for 30 days and will report back. I will then take it from there.
Here is am abridged version of Caroline from Unfancy's rules and tips I will follow:
Pare down your clothes situation into 37 pieces. The pieces include tops, bottoms, outerwear, dresses, and shoes.
That means you get to wear as many workout clothes, jewelry, accessories, purses, swimsuits, pjs, and underwear you want! (Okay, it’s probably good to limit these too.) Caroline chose the 37 numbers because it feels "generous yet minimal".
I decided to do:
9 pants (jeans, different color jeans, lounge pants, two slacks)
8 jackets (from overcoat to jean jacket)
6 pairs of shoes (no heels, did I mention I live in SF?)
3 sweaters (“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” - Mark Twain)
2 tank tops (I will be in LA for some of the 30 days.)
Wear only these 37 pieces for 3 months—one capsule each season.
Don’t go shopping during the 3 month season until during the last week or 2 of the season. This is when you can plan and shop for next season’s capsule wardrobe.
My Fun Rule!:
Try to include some of your stand-out pieces you love, but haven’t done the best job of continuing to incorporate in your wardrobe.
What results should I see?
Caroline at Unfancy says a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters. I'm excited to see if it also helps me save money and find ways to better incorporate clothes I already have in my closet.
I hope you join me in this adventure too. Let’s try 30 days and see where it goes. Follow @thoughtfulflamingo for updates.
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