It’s almost spring! I love spring, it’s my favorite season. In my last post, I talked about creating a capsule wardrobe to help us downsize our closet. I thought I’d share with you what helped me pare down.
I’m sure some of you in blogland have already heard about Caroline, from the Un-Fancy blog, and Courtney, from the blog Be More with Less and creator of Project 333. I love these ladies. They have inspired me to create a seasonal capsule wardrobe. They’ve proven it can be done. Thanks to their help, here is how I am going to do this.
For those of you who have not heard about capsule wardrobes or simply don’t understand them, here’s a short explanation.
The basic idea is to simplify. The goal is to learn to live with less.
When you get rid of clothes, shoes, and accessories that you don’t like, use, or fit right you are no longer weighed down by them. How many of us haven’t stood in our closets and said: “I have nothing to wear.”? When in reality you have a closet full of clothes. Have you noticed that on those days you always go for a safe look? A look that consists of basics? And you choose that go-to outfit because you feel comfortable and you know it fits you perfectly, right?
The benefits of a capsule wardrobe:
- The opportunity to truly find your style. Choosing only 33-37 items for your closet really makes you picky, in a good way. You learn to choose items that fit your body shape and colors that compliment you. You’re left with only pieces you really love to wear — pieces that make you feel confident and beautiful! Who doesn’t want that?
- Always having go-to pieces that are part of an existing collection. Pieces that are easy to wear with one another. So, instead of not having anything to wear and not feeling amazing in it, you’re guaranteed to have many go-to outfits that you and others will love.
- Be creative. Choosing versatile items and learning how to use them makes your capsule wardrobe go further. For example, have you tried wearing your wrap dress backwards? or using a scarf as a belt or cover up? The possibilities are endless.
Caroline’s wardrobe planner helped me figure out my style, color scheme and it got me organized to begin building my first seasonal capsule wardrobe.
First, I needed to downsize/declutter my closet. For that, I used Courtney’s How to Make Space technique. I separated my clothes into 3 different piles: keep, donate (you can also sell these), and trash. I quickly got rid of by donate and trash pile to avoid digging back into them. My keep pile is what I plan to use to build my spring capsule wardrobe.
Caroline’s and Courtney’s capsule wardrobe rules and suggestions vary a bit. For example, Caroline has 37 pieces and Courtney has only 33 pieces that they wear during one season (3 months). What is included, such as shoes and accessories, also varies. I’ve decided to use a combination of both these challenges, these are my rules.
So, what do you think? I think its going to be a fun challenge. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think every once in a while it’s nice to pare down. If you’re not into the challenge, that’s fine! Maybe these tips will simply help you spring clean.
Let me know how you feel about downsizing your closets. Do any of you have any tips to successfully work and play with a capsule wardrobe? Let me know.