I’m embarking on a new adventure in personal style: trying out a capsule wardrobe. Inspired by minimalist bloggers, I’m paring down my closet — and I’ll be documenting the whole process for you here on the blog and on YouTube.
Before I share my clothing picks with you, let’s chat about why I’m choosing a capsule wardrobe and what that means.
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1. What is a capsule wardrobe?
Basically, a capsule wardrobe a minimalistic wardrobe with a set number of pieces to mix and match. For my purposes, I’m using Un-Fancy.com’s methodology and using 37 items. Accessories, workout gear, and pajamas don’t count in my item list. I’m also planning on switching up my capsule every season, so in the summer, I’ll be picking another set of 37 items.
2. What if I need a lot of different types of clothing?
(i.e., A work wardrobe that doesn’t cross over much with a casual wardrobe)
It’s up to you! Perhaps you can do two full capsules (70 items is still far less than what most of us have in our closets). Or split your capsule down the middle and do 15 or so items for each occasion. Or see if you can use some items for both occasions. A capsule wardrobe is just a tool — you can customize it to give yourself the direction you need.
3. What are your goals with this?
Personally, my goals are to:
- Love everything I wear (both style and fit) — Have you ever noticed you hang on to a lot of pieces that don’t fit quite right, or have been worn out, or just don’t have any practical use in your closet? Me too, and I’m sick of looking through my whole closet and not seeing anything I love!
- Get excited about style again — I originally began blogging as a fashion blogger, and while that isn’t my focus as much, I still believe in the power of a good outfit!
- Reduce clutter in my life — and therefore give my brain space to think about the important stuff. I want to spend my time on creating cool things, not deciding what to wear.
- Reduce waste by not buying clothes I never wear — I always feel SO guilty getting rid of something I’ve never worn, even though I donate it. It’s a waste of money, bad for the environment, and can even add demand to harmful fast fashion if you are buying a lot from stores that use sweatshop labor. (I haven’t stopped buying at these stores completely, but I’d love to buy less.)
I’m also hoping I’ll do laundry more often! 😉
4. How do you plan your capsule?
I started planning my capsule wardrobe the way I start all things — by creating a Pinterest board. I had a general “Style” board, but that was too broad, and it often included some items that I didn’t really want to wear but just enjoyed the aesthetic of. So I created an entirely new one, focusing on the aesthetic I now want to achieve — laid back, edgy, boho-goth, but also with glitter and lace and florals. It makes sense in my head, I swear.
Creating a Pinterest board helps a lot because you can see clear patterns emerging. Take note of fabrics, fits, colors, patterns, and any other details that pop out to you. For me, I noticed lots of: chambray shirts, moto jackets, black skirts, burgundy, hats, layers, and feminine details like lace and florals.
Next, I made use of Un-Fancy’s free capsule wardrobe planner. The worksheet helps you decide what activities you typically do, what occasions you have coming up, and really nail down your style by brainstorming brands, pieces, and colors you love. Finally, I created my list of items, more-or-less following Un-Fancy’s guide of 15 tops, 12 bottoms, and 9 shoes. (I ended up with more tops and fewer shoes!)
I’ll be introducing you to my capsule wardrobe soon and showing you each piece I chose! I’m also planning on creating a look book video to show you some of the outfits I can create within the capsule.