Creating a Capsule Wardrobe: Step-by-Step

So today I’m super excited to share with you a project that I have been working on. If you follow along on Instagram, you may remember me sharing the idea of a capsule wardrobe with you a few days ago.

Capsule Wardrobe on A Few of My Favorite Things

If you’re not familiar with the idea, a capsule wardrobe is a set number of clothes that you wear for a set period of time. For example, you might decide to wear only 33 items for 3 months (the basic idea behind Project 333).

I have known about capsule wardrobes for a while, but it never really appealed to me. I have been following a blogger named Caroline behind the Un-Fancy blog for about a year. I would say that her style is a bit too minimalist for me, but I enjoyed following along and seeing the different outfits that she came up with. Eventually I decided that it was something that I wanted to try with my own wardrobe.

Here’s why: more and more often, I have been going into my closet and feeling like I have nothing to wear. I spend what feels like 20 minutes (probably more in the ballpark of 5) searching through what I have and when I come out, I have something that I’m not 100% thrilled about.

Now when I hear the word, ‘simplify’ – I think it means boring. If you’re familiar with my style, you’ll know that I’m not minimalist. In my dream world, I’m quite the opposite. I love layers, which is why I love fall. I love putting on a shirt with a sweater and a jacket and a scarf and paring it with boots. I also love patterns and the layering of patterns. Which is why I love places like this: (in Istanbul, Turkey)

Topkapi Palace Istanbul, Turkey

However, simplifying doesn’t equal minimalist and it doesn’t have to equal boring.

I think my clothing philosophy can be compared to my travel philosophy. When I travel, I like to plan ahead. I don’t like to over-plan or fill every second of every day, but I like to know where I’m going. And here’s why: I don’t like to spend the time figuring out where I’m going when I’m there. People say that they want to live in the moment and be spontaneous. But here’s the thing: how can you live in the moment when you have to figure out where you’re going? I feel more free to live in the moment when I’ve figured where I’m going ahead of time. I think that the same principle can be applied to clothing.

By putting in a little time at the beginning,  I don’t have waste time every morning digging through my closet to find what appeals to me. I have also found that I want to clear out the things that don’t matter to me. Having just gone through a move, I went through that process in my house and it was surprisingly freeing.

SO… who would like to join me in this challenge?

If you’re ready to start, here’s step 1:

Empty out your entire closet to see what you have. Separate your clothes by season and make a list of what you have for this season.

Here’s a tip: make sure that you have a couple hours to do this and a nicely made clear bed to lay everything out. Don’t worry about your list being perfect or separating everything into the exact season- just in general. For example, I think we’re done with tank tops and shorts until next summer in Ohio.

 

Good luck and I’m super excited to start this journey with you!

If you’d like to share what you’re doing – tag me on Twitter or Instagram at FewFavThingBlog and use #AFoMFTCapsule.

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