Have you heard about the capsule wardrobe craze??
Months ago we read about the capsule wardrobe from Caroline on un-fancy.com and we were impressed. Caroline was blogging about the looks she created from her seasonal wardrobe, which is only 37 pieces.
Let’s pause on that for a moment. 37 pieces. That’s right. Just 37 including shoes. CRAZY!
The whole idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that you put together your wardrobe before a season starts. Once the season starts, you don’t purchase any clothes for three months. In theory, this means you save time and money by being intentional about your clothes for a season. In addition, you have only clothes that fit you and that you like in your closet for that season. It fits right into our aim to be intentional with our time (and money)!
We decided this is what we had to do for the upcoming fall season. Why? Well, Becca felt she had way too many clothes and was consistently wearing the same 20%. While she could argue the majority of her wardrobe is year round, she has some specific seasonal pieces that she was forgetting to wear, pieces she loves but just forgets about in the back of the closet. Tiffany felt like this would help to make sure she had things that fit her and were current…and would hopefully save some time as it feels like there’s never time for clothes shopping anyway! Bonus points that this fits right into an intention she set after the Life with Intention class “To have a carefully curated wardrobe that I feel confident and comfortable wearing.”
And with that, we were creating our first Fall 2015 capsule wardrobe.
First step was to read the 101 guide that Caroline provides and download the ten page workbook. With the guide in hand, we went to our closets to see what we could and wanted to wear this fall and what had to go. We also took to Pinterest and created a fall capsule board to keep track of the style ideas we had along the way.
Favorite thing about creating your capsule was:
- Becca: Allowing myself time to think about what I wanted and needed in my wardrobe, and in doing so allowing myself to be intentional with my shopping. I truly am excited to go into my closet now, and I haven’t felt that way in a long time!
- Tiffany: Cleaning out my closet. I had things in various sizes from the last several years of pregnancy, post pregnancy, getting back in shape, pre-kids, etc. I only kept things that I felt good in and that was long overdue. I’m excited to have all pieces I am happy to wear in my closet!
Hardest part in creating your capsule:
- Becca: Figuring out what I wanted to look like for the fall. It was such a hard but very helpful exercise to think about what outfit choices I like to wear, what looks I feel good in, what types of items I enjoy wearing, and what things I need to fill the voids I have. I never thought of shopping in that way, and while challenging, it was perhaps the most rewarding.
- Tiffany: Shopping. I wish I could just order everything online. I don’t really have the time to go try things on, but ordering things online was mostly a fail. Note to self: Just go to the store! If the idea is to have things that fit properly and that you love, this part of the process requires some time investment. But, now I’m done for 3 months!
For both of us, our aim was to create a capsule wardrobe that included both work and casual clothes. Many that we have seen online were all casual type clothes as the people didn’t work in an office environment. So, we adjusted and, because of that, ended up with many more than 37 pieces in our wardrobes! What we ended up with, by the numbers.
– 26 Shirts & Sweaters:
– 8 Basics/Undershirts
– 9 Dresses
– 9 Pants
– 2 Skirts
– 9 Blazers/Jackets
– 11 Shoes
Total: 74 pieces. Yes, definitely many many more than 37 but there are two things at play here. First, I have both work and casual wardrobes included in this number. Second, I am definitely hanging on to some things to see if I will wear them or not. Probably 10-15 items fall into this category. Pieces I’ve been wearing for years during Fall, but am unsure if they will stick around going forward. And if I don’t, out they go!
In the above image are the pieces I bought new, and here are the links! Three big sweaters – two tunic style (this one and this one) and one sweater just big and comfy, a faux leather jacket, black short boots (for dresses and skinny jeans), grey flats, basic t-shirts from everlane in both black and white, two necklaces (this one and this one) to help accessorize.
– 26 Shirts & Sweaters:
– 6 Tank tops
– 3 Dresses
– 8 Pants
– 4 Blazers
– 2 Jackets
– 11 Shoes
Total: 60 pieces To be completely honest, I still don’t feel done. I would have liked to find some more tops – both for weekends and for work. I had a really hard time finding things that looked flattering and that I liked as many things seem to be oversized and boxy this season which is not what looks best on me. I also would have liked to find another dress. That said, I think I’m probably in much better shape than I ever am at the start of a season so I’m already ahead of the game!
In the above image are some of the pieces I bought new! I purchased gray jeans, regular jeans, maroon work pants, t-shirts (striped, black, white), plaid shirt, a long-sleeved green blouse, a short sleeved green blouse, a black dress, a pair of black flats, and a pair of casual shoes. P.S. Check out those jeans for sure as they are high rise and the best modern “mom” jeans!
And off we go! We will let you all know how it goes and whether or not a winter capsule is in our future. Stay tuned!