Each morning when I am getting ready for work, it takes me the longest amount of time to decide what I am going to wear that day. Like many people, I spend 15+ minutes just standing in my closet just staring at all my clothes. I have always been interested in having a capsule wardrobe but to be honest, I thought that it would be restricting and that I would have a boring wardrobe. Then I began watching all of these fashion and minimalism documentaries that opened my eyes to how wasteful the fashion industry is. I didn’t want to just keep buying new clothing because I was bored with what I already owned. So I turned to the internet for advice on what I could do – that is when I came across Project 333 and capsule wardrobes. The idea of cleaning out my closet and just having 30 items to choose from was very appealing to me. I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time staring at my clothes trying to figure out what I can wear and what kind of jacket and shoes I should wear with it.
In all my research on online, it became clear to me that I needed to pick a color scheme so that all of my clothing would match and would be able to be matched back to many different items. I chose three very simple colors black, white, and tan that go with everything. And then since it is summer and that is a time for lighter colors, I decided on the fun colors blush pink and sky blue. Once I decided on what colors I wanted to wear, it was easy to go through and pick out all the items that were those colors.
I started by taking EVERYTHING out of my closet. I put all of my other seasonal clothing and shoes into bins so that I could just focus on my summer clothing. From there I sorted through colors and sizes, what I wore all the time and what I didn’t wear at all. I had a donate/consign pile for clothing that didn’t want anymore, and then I was left with about 75 items that I had to choose from. From there I narrowed the items down by how pair-able the pieces were and how versatile they could be. I ended up with a 40 piece capsule wardrobe and I am pretty proud of myself for narrowing it down that much!
Here are all the items that I chose:
Decided on what tops to have in my capsule wardrobe was the hardest part and it was also the last category of clothing that I decided on. In the end, I picked out 15 tops that I thought would be the most versatile and what could be paired with the most items. I have the same Philosophy chiffon tank top in 4 different colors that I wear all the time for many different occasions so naturally, I picked those to be included. Then I picked out a bunch of basic tops like stripes and polka dots tees and then a few basic buttoned-up long sleeve shirts. Then I had 5 more tops that I could add in, so I chose to go with more stylish tops that weren’t necessarily basics but more trendy summer items that I could wear when I wanted to be more fashionable.
Pants were a lot easier to pick out because I really only wear a couple of shorts and jeans anyway. I decided on 7 pairs of pants – 4 shorts, 3 jeans, and 1 work trouser. I stuck with very neutral colors like black, white, dark denim, and light denim. Since we are allowed to wear jeans to work, I only picked out one work pant in a grey color.
I don’t wear a lot of dresses and skirts all that often but I took this capsule wardrobe as an opportunity to wear them more. I decided on 2 dresses, a t-shirt dress, and a tank style dress. 1 maxi shirt that I could wear around my waist or belt up high around my stomach for a boho look. Then I also choose 1 jumpsuit that I can be easily thrown on and can be paired with things or can be an entire outfit on its own.
Since I am always cold and could not live without a cardigan or jacket on me, I had to make room in my capsule wardrobe for them. I decided on 1 dark wash jean jacket that can be worn with everything. Then I picked out 3 long cardigans that also pair nicely with all my items. These 4 pieces I can just grab as I am running out the door and I don’t have to worry about if they will match or not because of all the neutral colors.
The easiest part of this capsule wardrobe was picking out the shoes. I already try to buy shoes in neutral colors that can be worn with many outfits. I picked out 8 shoes – 1 loafer, 2 mules, 1 sneaker, and 4 sandals. All of which are either brown, tan, or white. Then I added 2 purses to be included in all of this. I monogram bag that is black, white, and pink – and 1 brown circle bag that I have with me all the time.
40 items in total is what I choose to wear for the months of July, August, and September. So far it is working extremely well. I love waking up in the morning, going into my closet and seeing what I already wore and what I have left to choose from. I can make around 50 different outfits so I never have to repeat an outfit in the same month! It’s actually exciting how many different outfits I can make just from 30 clothing pieces. I am now planning out all the items that I want to include in my Fall capsule wardrobe and picking out the color scheme for October, November, and December.
Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe?