A Capsule Wardrobe Phase 1: The Definition

Of the many things in the world I love there is one thing that outweighs everything else. Clothes, clothes, clothes. And maybe shopping. And clothes. Oh, and shoes. Necklaces. Scarves… Lots of scarves. I’m obsessed. Slightly. A lot. If you were to look in my browser history you wouldn’t find much more than online boutiques and fashion bloggers. So needless to say, my closet, and entire floor surrounding my closet are stockpiled with more clothing than I know what to do with. I have every possible style you could think of (hippie chic all the way to Parisian princess) and a multitude of accessories to go with it.

Yet, somehow, I NEVER have anything to wear.

I generally love the idea of getting dressed and creating a new look each day, but lately it’s become more of a burden than anything. It’s impossible to keep things organized. I can never find what I’m looking for, and am consistently digging through 1000 mediocre clothes that I only sorta like  to find the one out of ten things that I truly LOVE to wear.

It’s taken years of frivolous spending on an abundance of clothing that only slightly work for me to decide that maybe I’m ready for a new time and budget friendly wardrobe.

I’ve never disliked the fact that clothing and shopping have been something that I spend money on because a)I really truly love to shop and b)I’m a pretty big bargain shopper, but I’ve gotten to a point of wanting to minimize.

How can I have a clean space that only houses exceptional items?

How do I get to a point where every item in my closet is something that I would LOVE to wear right this minute?

Well, by only owning items that I love.

This means removing the ones that don’t fit perfectly, have hair color stains on them, or don’t work with the style I choose to portray. It’s a scary thought for a clothing addict, but I am honestly thrilled to give it a try.

After plenty of research I have decided to try out a capsule wardrobe!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

When I came across this phrase I was wondering the same thing. Well, here’s the definition, according to Wikipedia:

Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be updated with seasonal pieces.

In other words: 25- 45 Classic, beautiful, perfectly fitted pieces that can be updated seasonally by adding and removing a few trendy pieces. This keeps you updating and loving your newest things, but also keeps you from overspending and over stuffing your closet.

I love the idea of giving myself a “fresh” wardrobe each season without feeling the guilt of having a million random pieces piled on top of each other. So, I am going to try this new challenge. Building a capsule wardrobe! Over the next few days I will walk you through a bit of my thought process, as well as my closets transition. Anyone want to try it with me?

Head on over to Phase 2 of The Capsule Wardrobe: The Thought Process

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    Karla Farnsworth
    November 3, 2014 at 6:01 am

    If you watch shows about European real estate, you’ll see very small closets, yet French women have made fashion an art. I started my first capsule wardrobe 30 years ago while I worked with a French woman who had the same small city-living closet I did.

    I came across a book called Working Wardrobe (still have it I thnk) showing how to build on 2 core colors and 2 foundation items. For me at that time, it was 2 suits that made 4 interchangeable pieces. The charts shown suggested the other building blocks by color and by piece. The blank chart let me fill in what I had and what I needed. That’s about the time I stopped “shopping.” If I happen to to walk past belts, I would remember I was looking for a particular one, I would take 30 seconds to look and move on.

    I paid a lot for a pair of black pants that would fit my tall frame, but I’ve washed them over 100 times and they still look new. The PPW (price per wear) is pennies.

    An extreme lifestyle change also changed my capsule but the concept remains (when practiced!!). Now that I have bigger multiple closets I have clothes I bought impulsively that I don’t love so it’s time for a clean-out here, too!

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      November 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I know you and I have talked about this many times! I’ve always viewed the concept as so restricting in my style. Now that I’ve realized I can do it with my own rules in place I’m starting to love the concept. I’m definitely one to still update very regularly and keep up with the trends so I will probably be giving my capsule almost a total overhaul each season but that’s okay!! I love the idea of keeping my wardrobe small, updated, and flawless instead of overwhelming, over worn, and mediocre!
      We will see how well I do, but it’s worth a shot! Amanda also commented saying she wanted to try it. Maybe we should’ve listened to mom after all 😉

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