This weekend was very fruitful for me. Not that I’ve done much, but it’s the quality that matters, right? 🙂
I’ve finally created my capsule wardrobe for the autumn/winter season. Well, created is a very strong word, but the whole time I felt like I was really working on a piece of art. I felt so proud of myself 🙂 I feel I can finally breathe again. The only thing I really regret is not taking a picture of it before I cleared everything out. Such a pity! I guess I was just so eager to get down to work, that I didn’t even think about it. Anyway, it was a mess! As much as you can imagine! 🙂
And now it looks like that:
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a selection of clothes you love and feel comfortable in. Depending on where you live, it can be a seasonal selection or a permanent one. The idea is to narrow your clothes down to the ones you really need and love, without having to dig through the entire closet only to find out that your favorite blouse is in no condition to be worn today. It saves a LOT of time, energy and money! Often we have a closet bursting with clothes, but feel like we have nothing to wear. Or, we end up wearing just a few pieces we know we feel comfortable in and forget about all the other options we have.
A capsule wardrobe makes it easy to pick out your daily outfit in no time. It also gives you an opportunity to try something new that you had long forgotten about. It allows you to determine your style more easily since everything you put in your capsule is 100% approved by you.
Why did I do a capsule wardrobe?
I think that almost every woman in the world will understand me if I say that my wardrobe was actually bursting with clothes. I mean, sometimes I couldn’t even close the door completely. And that’s so demotivating when you have to choose your outfit for the day. I actually ended up wearing 2-3 pieces over and over again just because I knew they look OK, they’re comfortable and they’re right on top of everything else so I had easy access to them 🙂 Well, that’s not really fair to all the other clothes I own, is it? And why do I spend money on clothes I almost never get to wear? Why should I feel threatened by my closet instead of enjoying every item in it? And so on, question after question arose.
I started thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe a couple of months ago, but I kept procrastinating it, because… well, it takes quite some time, work and courage. Yes, courage to define what you really need and what you really don’t and won’t need anymore.
When I started the Living Well Spending Zero Challenge in the beginning of October, I knew that at some point we’ll focus on our home and more precisely – on our wardrobes. So I made myself a promise that October will be the month I clean my closet and create a capsule. And even though I didn’t do it right on Day 12 when the task was assigned, I’m back on track now 🙂
How I did my capsule wardrobe
Cleaning out your closet and creating a capsule can become a bit overwhelming at some point, so I set some ground rules before approaching the task:
- Take everything out, piece by piece and examine its condition.
- Fold every item and place it on the pile that corresponds to its condition. My piles were: summer clothes I won’t wear in the next 6 months; transitional clothes that I might still need at some point during autumn and winter; and clothes I can’t imagine wearing ever again due to their condition, style, size, etc.
- Narrow my capsule to 7 pieces of each kind of clothing. For me that meant 7 blouses, 7 sweaters, 7 pants (jeans included). I chose 7, because that way I have a different option for each day of the week which is more than enough for my current way of life.
So all I did was just follow my rules and the job was done in about an hour or so. I put the summer clothes away for next year and threw away the ones I couldn’t imagine wearing ever again. I thought about saving them for a DIY project, but then I thought to myself “Really? You think you’ll find time for DIY any time soon?” I should say that being honest with yourself is very difficult sometimes… 🙂 The transitional clothes I put on a place where I had easy access to them in case I need anything. There I also put a few remaining blouses, sweaters and pants, as well as some official clothes which I occasionally need.
And there it was – my wardrobe shining like never before 🙂 Or at least it looks that way to me when I compare it to what it looked like until now 🙂 I mean, I can actually see every item in it! That’s unbelievable!
At some point in a couple of months I plan to replace a blouse or two in order to diversify. I definitely don’t plan on buying any more clothes any time soon. But if I do buy something for whatever reason, then something else will have to go. I don’t want to get into a situation where I feel threatened by my wardrobe ever again.
Have you tried creating a capsule wardrobe? Are you planning to do one soon? Feel free to share your experience and thoughts in the comments below.