My Capsule Wardrobe

About a month ago I ran across VivannaDoesMakeup’s video about capsule wardrobes. She pulled her inspiration and guidelines from Caroline of UnFancy. I had previously heard of Caroline and read a bit of UnFancy but never acted. Yet when I rediscovered the idea my wardrobe was feeling flat, nothing seemed to fit and I felt like I was spending hours staring at my clothes only to pick the same everyday outfits.

Thus I dived in, dumping my entire wardrobe onto my bed. I pulled out everything that I didn’t love. I defined this a little more with two questions:“Does it immediately make me smile?” Is my gut reaction that I like it, makes my day better and is a fail safe outfit?

  • “Does it immediately make me smile?” Is my gut reaction that I like it? Does it make my day better and is a fail safe outfit?
  • “Does it fit amazingly well?” Not just fit ok but makes me feel amazing because of how it fits. Often the items went hand in hand because I like the items that fit and make me feel confident.

After clearing out, I had three large trash bags headed to the consignment store and I had a shopping list of three items. I expected a larger shopping list, but the only items I looked for were a white cardigan sweater, new black blazer and potentially brown ankle boots.Traditionally once you had a capsule wardrobe you don’t go shopping. I purposefully didn’t follow but also kind of failed. Traditionally once you had a capsule wardrobe you don’t go shopping. I purposefully didn’t follow but also kind of failed. I have been slowly looking for the three aforementioned items because I had a limited budget and wanted to look for sales. However, I also have purchased a new dress. It is a party/formal black dress which will replace a dress in my wardrobe. I will have the same number of items however I did spend money.

Pros:

  • I love all items in my closet
  • Not as much shopping 🙂
  • Less time and work to get ready in the morning

Cons:

  • Not as much shopping 😦
  • Somedays it can feel limited

Overall I have really liked the system. I may not stick to the strict three-month rotation due to when I started and the funny PNW seasons but I like the limited wardrobe of what I really love.

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