Capsule Wardrobe anyone? Unfortunately we cant all be like Carrie Bradshaw with a walk in wardrobe bursting with amazing clothes!
So hopefully you have read my other blog post about why I’m starting a capsule wardrobe and where I have found my inspiration to create it. As a quick recap, just in case you haven’t… I was getting sick of feeling I had nothing to wear even with a wardrobe rammed with clothes, simply because i didn’t always like what was in there. I came across ‘Unfancy’ a blog by Caroline Joy. She started her capsule in 2014 and came up with a 5 step plan on creating a capsule wardrobe.
There is so much out there about this topic but I found her blog the easiest to follow and the most inspiring.
I’m currently only at step 2. I’m not going to beat myself up that I haven’t completed this yet, reading Caroline’s blog it seems it’s a bit of an art and even she is still working on how she does it with a few tweaks here and there.
Step 1– pare down your clothes to 37 pieces.
Step 2– wear only these 37 pieces for 3 months
I followed Caroline’s advice. I took everything out my wardrobe and drawers. Literally EVERYTHING! That way you have a blank canvas to build your wardrobe back up.
First of all, I put everything back in that I loved. And these were pieces I absolutely loved. Items I knew suited me, that I felt comfortable and good in.
•Bye Bye-the things that had been sitting there for months even years unworn, or clearly I just a bad judgement back when buying it. They went straight into a charity bag
•Hmmm– the things that again, you may not have worn for a while but you feel you might again. Something you paid a lot for, has some value to you in some way or that statement piece that maybe perfect again. These pieces for me have gone in a suitcase and shipped back to my parents ready for me to assess again in a few months
•Seasonal– self explanatory really. Don’t have your big woolly jumpers in there if it’s summer or those cute denim shorts in the middle of winter. Again, mine have gone away ready to swap over for the next season
Then you need to check what’s left in the wardrobe. Just 37 dresses?! Yeah that’s not ideal. What you should be aiming for is seasonal appropriate pieces with a combination of bottoms, tops, dresses, jackets etc. This may mean you need to go out and build up those pieces.
Now, if following exactly by the rules you’ll have 37 pieces. I had 54!! But, that was fine for me. For one reason only. I wasn’t going to do this every 3 months as Caroline does. Mine is more likely going to be 6 months where I will combine spring and summer, Autumn and Winter.
So step 2… Wear these pieces for 3 months or for me 6 months.
So far, it’s been much easier getting ready. I am picking and choosing between pieces that I love so it’s not been such a struggle. I already feel better and more organised.
Have I bought anything? Yes. But only to build up those versatile pieces and when I did go shopping I was much more choosy and ensured that anything that wasn’t quite right went back. This is a first for me, I would normally keep it, just in case but ultimately I wasting money. So overall, a pretty positive experience so far!
Have you started a capsule wardrobe? Has this inspired you to do one? Let me know… I would love to hear your thoughts especially any hints and tips. Xx