So I think I’m gonna do it, I think I’m going to try this whole capsule wardrobe mumbo jumbo. The gist of this to limit your wardrobe to 37 (or so) pieces for 3 months, during which you do zero shopping until it’s time to plan for your next capsule wardrobe.
As crazy as this seems, the whole lack of shopping won’t be that hard for me – my 2013 NY resolution was zero clothing purchases, so this should be easy in the purchasing department. The thing is, I’ve never really planned much when it comes to my clothing. For the most part, I stick to neutrals with clean lines and I’m not one for prints, patterns, bright or trendy colors, or embellishments. However, I am no a stranger to a little emotional shopping and that’s when I get the stuff (usually fitting one or more of the categories I just listed) that lasts a season, if I’m lucky. Once my confidence is restored, those pieces are the last I reach for.
This past year I’ve slowly learned this about myself and while I occasionally digress, I’ve also seen a lot of progress. Over the past 2 years, I would say I’ve reduced my wardrobe by around 70%. I’m going in the right direction but I don’t feel like I’m close to finished.
In addition to scaling back, I’m also trying to be smarter and more resourceful with purchases. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely willing to splurge on well made, quality pieces but I stalk sales like it’s my job. Additionally, I’ve recently taken to dying. These gray jeans had a weird wash on the thighs that was super unflattering but they are the most comfortable pair I own. Around the same time I was thinking of donating them, I had begun to casually look for some black jeans. It eventually clicked that I should just dye the ones I already own, problem solved! (They are the jeans I’m wearing in the top right picture below – not jet black but pretty great!) I now have a robe and blouse I want to dye next!
So that’s a lot of blabbing without me really talking about the capsule wardrobe. Honestly, this challenge has me a little nervous. I think I may take a page out of Natalie’s book and allow myself to do a transition during my first go of this. It’s still pretty warm around here so I’m not really ready to give up my sandals and tanks quite yet. My goal is to make the swap for some warmer options around Halloween.
I’m also debating the total number I want to land on. I need to do a bit more planning so I have enough options for work but still be happy with my “regular life” wardrobe. I like pretty casual clothing so I’m really not a huge fan of professional attire on me but…I gotta do it. I want to hunt down a few more pieces that can make the transition from work to life a bit better than some current options.