This is a very, very exciting post for me to write. The idea of creating a capsule wardrobe has been like a bug in my brain for over a year. I’ve gone through countless blogs, YouTube videos, and podcasts on the subject. I’ve explored the methods behind Project 333, the Ten Item Wardrobe, and many others, but it wasn’t until I found Caroline Rector’s Unfancy method that it started to seem like a real possibility for me.
If you’ve been around this blog or my YouTube channel for a while, you’ll know that I already end each month with a closet clean-out purge, the results of which get donated to charity. I’ve been doing this every month since January of 2015, and yet I still had clothes I wasn’t wearing! It’s not that I had an exorbitant amount of clothes. In fact, my mom laughed when she saw my closet a few months ago. Oh, if she saw my closet now.
Back to Caroline and Unfancy. It’s like a light bulb went off in my head when I found her blog. It just resonated with me. I think it was a combination of two things: her style and mine have a lot of intersections, and she posts all her outfits. All of them. I stalked the crap out of her blog for hours and realized that having a capsule wardrobe is a lot less repetitive than I thought it would be. Which was a huge relief for me. I love fashion, and I was deeply concerned that I would get one month into a capsule wardrobe, get tired of recycling my outfits, and jump ship. But seeing Caroline’s daily outfit posts I was suddenly confident that this method would work for my style and I really would not be repeating pieces any more than I currently do.
So, like any sane person would do, I spent the next afternoon tearing my entire closet apart. The result? My first ever capsule wardrobe. And guess what? It was free and practically painless.
Here’s how my process went:
Take out anything out of season, that does not fit, or that I am ready to part with and pile it on the bed.
Re-organize the remaining clothes. I switched from keeping like items together to separating ‘in the capsule’ and ‘out of the capsule’ clothes. This was important for pieces like my joggers, which used to be kept in a pajama/lounge pants drawer, but are now kept in a drawer with all my pants that are included in the capsule.
Sort the bed pile. Anything you are ready to donate, put into a bag or box immediately. Don’t let it linger in your house and make its way back to the closet! Make realistic, mindful decisions about pieces that do not currently fit. Lastly, evaluate out of season pieces. If you expect to use them in the upcoming season, set them aside for storage.
Store the out of season pieces. I am using two under bed bins to hold all my spring/summer clothes and shoes. I chose flexible bins so they would fit under my low, platform bed. If you have a standard height bed, you may choose to use more rigid bins. I am also keeping a few extra hangers and two business pieces in storage. I didn’t want to keep too many extra hangers, but since I tend to wear more sweaters in winter (which I keep folded), I may need a few more come spring. The business attire I rarely need, but when the occasion presents itself, I really like these pieces and I would hate to have to replace them for such infrequent use.
That’s how I did it. Now, on to the actual capsule wardrobe. I ended up with 34 pieces in total. To see my entire winter 2016 capsule wardrobe, check out the video below.