Friday, February 26, 2016

My Capsule Wardrobe: What Made the Cut

If you happened to miss my first post on my decision to finally try out a capsule wardrobe, go ahead and click here first.

Like I mentioned in my first post, my capsule wardrobe is a bit bigger than most people's. From what I've read on the subject, most people keep their capsule between 30-40 pieces, but my capsule contains 48. If I end up continuing with the capsule wardrobe idea beyond this first test run, I hope to be able to edit it down more, but I thought that this was a good start for someone like me (who easily had almost 100 items of clothing in my closet before this, many of which didn't currently fit or which I hadn't worn in ages). In fact, both sides of my closet had been so stuffed before that I often ran out of hangers or had to try and "wedge" clothing in, but now, my capsule wardrobe only takes up half my closet space, and there's even space between the hangers, too.

Imagine that.

So, in case you're curious as to what I chose to go in my wardrobe for the next 2-3 months, here goes:

(1) pair of grey work trousers
(2) pairs of blue jeans
(1) pair of black skinnies
(2) pencil skirts (grey & blue)
(4) maxi skirts (grey, blue, beige, navy)
(2) dresses (cream & navy striped, grey & white striped)

(5) cardigans (black, blue, navy, green, pink)
(1) blazer (black)
(1) moto jacket (black)

(3) sweaters (grey striped, black, blue)
(2) grey tees
(1) white tee
(2) pink tops
(1) mint top
(1) plain black top
(1) short-sleeved collared navy top
(1) patterned short-sleeve tee
(1) Aztec patterned mid-sleeve tee
(4) button-up shirts (white, dark green, blue gingham, chambray)
(1) purple dress top
(1) dark green dress top
(3) long-sleeved tees (purple, (2) navy)
(1) black vest

(1) pair of black boots
(2) pairs of flats (black, navy)
(1) pair of brown ankle boots

(1) plain white tank
(1) plain black tank
(1) cheetah-print tank

Typing all that out, I realize that it is quite a bit bigger than most capsule wardrobes, but I figured I'd cut myself a bit of slack this first go-round and try to get better at cutting it down (if that suits me) when I try a different capsule.

Also, I'd better mention that I'm not including exercise clothing (including running shoes), loungewear, or pajamas in my count for my capsule wardrobe. Just thought I'd point that out!

Now stay tuned for part 3, where I'm planning on posting a series of some of the outfits I've created from the pieces in my capsule (so that you can see how boring my wardrobe really is as a general rule, ha ha).

Would you ever try a capsule wardrobe? Or do you already basically have one?


  1. Ha wow I don't think I have ever given this much thought to my wardrobe. I am pretty sure your capsule wardrobe is bigger than my entire wardrobe. Maybe I just need to go buy some more clothes!

    1. Well, considering that you lived with me for several years, you know I have a bit of a clothing problem, so this is a way to help me tame my impulse to always be buying new clothes and to force me to actually wear the ones I do have. It's also helping me to see which clothes I really can let go of already. But you're right--a lot of people who naturally have a pretty simple, easygoing style probably think that a capsule wardrobe is weird because they would wonder why you'd even need to have one in the first place. Kudos to you to already having a wardrobe that's under control!

  2. Kayla I'm thinking the same thing! I need some more clothes! Jk. I probably have more in my closet than I think I do. Although compared to what used to be in there and considering what I actually wear right now, it ain't much. I think these capsules are kinda interesting! Maybe someday I'll give it a go.

  3. So, when you say it only lasts 2-3 months, do you buy new clothes after that or do you have seasonal clothes in storage? I'm not quite sure how it works.

    1. You bring out the stuff you have in storage (although you could buy some new pieces if you felt like you needed them). I know a lot of people whose capsule wardrobe will keep many of the same pieces in it year-round (such as a couple pairs of jeans, for example) and only switch out some of the pieces. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to get comfortable mixing and matching what you already own and avoid buying unnecessary clothing by rotating out your clothes through seasons so that you feel like you're getting a "new" wardrobe every season. It's also, first and foremost, a way of making it WAAAAY easier to get dressed in the morning since you basically edit your wardrobe down to a few pieces that essentially mostly all work together in whatever combination.


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