Making a Capsule Wardrobe

I recently came across The Every Girl blog post on making a Capsule Wardrobe – and became quickly intrigued. Over the past couple of years, I’ve really scaled back my wardrobe and focused on quality more than quantity. So this seemed right up my alley. The basic premise is that for three straight months you keep only 37 items of clothing (including shoes and outerwear) in your closet for wearing. Each season you rotate some pieces out so that you keep it at the same number. I know that I am guilty of reaching for the same items again and again, so this capsule idea is very appealing. And I adore the idea of opening my closet and loving every single piece staring back at me.

So I’ve decided to give it a whirl.

This also helps me as a stay-at-home mom to have a better chance, I think, at putting “real clothes” on each day – not yoga pants, a tank and flip-flops (although you will still find me in that attire often). Like the author, I tend to focus on shoes the most, as they either make or break an outfit. I whittled down my shoe collection to 10 pairs, including running shoes, a few pairs of booties, snakeskin flats, leopard slip-ons, sandals, and some caged heels for going out. Since it is technically Fall but we have had the worst heat wave happening, I felt this was safe to leave a few open-toe items in the mix. Maybe when Winter comes (if that really ever happens), I will switch out some shoes if need be. They say that El Nino will cause some crazy rainfall in Southern California this year so maybe Hunter boots will really be useful for a change.

I can’t tell you how much I loved tossing the stuff from my closet that I don’t ever wear. I kept my staples and they’re pretty much what I always reached for anyway – I’m such a neutrals type of person. So basically, you’ll see me in these types of items going forward. But, oh wait, you already did!

PicMonkey Collage

I also kept a chambray button-down top, denim vest, several options for pants, including black leggings and camo skinnies.

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I’m still debating on several tops – whether they should stay or go to the “maybe” pile. It’s so hard putting stuff away, but the good news is you know you still have it. It’s all about what you see when you open the closet. And I’m learning that less is truly more.

Also, it is so much easier to assess holes in my wardrobe now that I can actually see my wardrobe. I know I want to add some olive (probably a jacket or vest), maybe a leather jacket, some lace-up flats, and a few different plaid options. And some variation of color because I clearly have a problem with wearing all neutrals. I currently have room for 9 more items and I’m not sure if I will stay exactly at 37 pieces, but I’m hoping to try. It will also be fun to incorporate more accessories into the mix. I’ll let you know how the journey goes! What I’m most excited about is that I have read the simplification of your wardrobe often trickles into other areas of your life. And being a proponent of minimalism in many ways, this excites me.

Since I didn’t give you a very good glimpse into my own capsule wardrobe (so much is still being figured out), I’ll leave you with some links to others who have been more thorough with the process and finished product.



Today Show piece 

The Balanced Wife

The Every Girl



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