I have reaped the benefits of simplifying my life in these areas, so I thought, why not my wardrobe too?
I began to look at and read about capsule wardrobes, and pretty soon I was sorting through my closet. Wondering what a capsule wardrobe is? Simply put, it's a mini collection of clothes that you LOVE to wear that you rotate every three months with season changes. Opinions on number of items and which items count/don't count vary from person to person, so you just have to figure out what works for you. I'm shooting for 37-40 pieces which includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, scarves and shoes. Home lounge wear, work out clothes (if I had them ;) and under garments are all freebies. I don't count jewelry or my garden shoes either, but some people do.
I took the Spring to prep for my Summer (June-August) capsule. I went through my clothes and donated anything that I didn't love, folded up and stored all of my fall and winter clothes. Working from what was left, I made list of pieces I wanted to complete my capsule. That list was pretty long, because I very few summer clothes left to begin with. I had been saving up my fun money with the intention of using it for a little shopping spree. So, being able to purchase a bunch of new items guilt free was a nice bonus.
I think I ended up with 38 pieces for the summer, I'm not going to list out everything out today though. I've already started thinking about my fall capsule and I'll probably share everything in that (I just made a few J. Crew purchases yesterday! They're having their Super Summer Sale. Lot's of good deals!!).
Here are a few lessons learned from my first stab at creating a summer capsule.
- More shorts, less pants. I included 3 pairs of pants (white, black skinnies, and jeans) and 3 pairs of shorts (track, black and jean). I wish I would have made one of those pants a pair of dark jean shorts.
- Less shoes. I included 7 pairs of shoes. Two months in and I've only consistently worn 4 of them. I think I could have gotten away with 5.
- I'm so glad I bought a denim vest. Layering is hard in the summer, and I feel like it would have been almost impossible without the vest.
- Even though I was excited to try it, I was still nervous that I would feel very limited. So far, I've only had a couple of days were I felt limited. For the most part, I've loved how easy it's made getting dressed in the morning.
- I'm looking forward to fall, I think will be even more fun because of layering and mixing and matching.