Over the last couple of years, I have semi-bought-into a capsule wardrobe. Everyone defines it a little bit differently, but it's pretty much the idea of sticking to 30 pieces of clothing + shoes total over the course of a season. I find that pretty hard to stick to but I do looove the concept. I have adopted my own modified, less-constraining version and it's been helpful to me in many ways. I don't count my clothes or limit myself to only certain colors or styles, but I do keep my closet trimmed down, shop infrequently, only keep what I actually wear, and clean out my closet often. Here's what to love about my capsule-ish wardrobe (which is still a work in progress)!
I shop way less often.
Clothes have always been my kryptonite. I used to shop allllll the time. I would end up with oodles of clothes but few that I actually loved and wore often. I have recently started clothes shopping on a more seasonal basis. This helps the budget (of course) but it also helps me be much more intentional with how I plan my wardrobe and it allows me to invest in more quality pieces. I thought I'd be less happy with less clothing choices, but I'm actually happier because choosing a daily outfit is suuuuper easy when I have limited options. I find myself being more calculated about what I buy as well. I follow style bloggers, peruse websites, browse stores and come up with a list of what I'd like to find for the following season. It's a much more rewarding process than just walking in and buying whatever jumps off the rack!
I maintain a versatile wardrobe.
Limiting my wardrobe has helped me stick to versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. I get more bang for my buck with each piece I buy and so I'll often pay a little more for something I know I'll love and use for years. A good chambray shirt is one prime example. I purchased a quality chambray shirt a few years ago for more than I would have normally paid because I loved it sooo much. To this day, it's one of the most worn pieces in my closet. It fits well, matches everything, and can be dressed up or down. I believe it's definitely worth the money to buy fewer, nicer pieces! I make sure the bulk of my clothing is versatile - gray, blue, navy, black, white, ivory, oatmeal, white, and denim/chambray - and then throw in a few colorful pops here and there. I also stick to mostly classic patterns (you'll find a lot of stripes in my closet) and stay away from overly trendy patterns. This winter I've worn THREE (yes, three) pants of pants - gray, black, jean - a few dresses, and maybe ten tops/sweaters on rotation. That's it! And I haven't missed the loads of clothes I used to have.
I clean out my closet regularly.
Every since adopting a more limited wardrobe, I go through my drawers and closet to purge at the beginning of each season. This creates space for new pieces and helps me make use of the usable items I do have. A cluttered closet leads to confusion and frustration and the classic "closet-full-of-clothes-but-nothing-to-wear" syndrome. Having fewer, nicer pieces has helped me choose my outfits more quickly and has left me more satisfied with my options. If I haven't worn a piece of clothing within one season's time frame then it goes to the donation center - no questions asked!
I'm much more content with that I have.
The fact that we are even having a discussion about a capsule wardrobe means we're coming from a place of incredible privilege. Many people around the world are simply in need of clothing, period. And here we are discussing the "problem" of excess clothing! That in itself is sobering.
I have found that the less often I shop, the more content I am - imagine that! Simply not allowing myself to shop for clothes all the time keeps me more content. It also helps me be more creative in mixing and matching and getting more mileage out of the clothing I already own. I used to often shop (or just window shop) in my spare time, but in this stage of life I'm filling that time with work, spending time with my daughter + husband, reading, cooking, and meeting up with friends throughout the week. An amazing trade off if you ask me!
SPRING + SUMMER INSPIRATION 2018
I've been on Pinterest a bit recently looking at style ideas for this spring + summer. When Utah is ready to change seasons (it could still be a while) I plan to budget a lump sum and purchase some new items. Here's what's inspiring me!
Jumpsuits + Rompers