Capsule wardrobe

It’s a well known fact among my friends and family: I love clothes. From the time I was about 5 years old wanting those awesome pair of glittery Barbie tennies…I’ve loved clothes. I love experimenting, observing, and occasionally taking risks. I would call myself a student of fashion. But there’s a few things I’m not good at: I’m not good at investing in essential/timeless pieces. And I’m not good using what I’ve got. I also purge way too easily. Ponchos were IT like almost 10 years ago…of course I ditched them and now I wish I hadn’t. So I’m joining Amy Clark from Mom Advice for the 3 month wardrobe capsule challenge. Check out the link to her post about how she’s doing her capsule. What I like about this challenge is that it can be different for everyone. And it’s a learning experience. I may find some pieces I currently own are not versatile and replace them with something better. I may realize what I own is completely versatile and put together outfits I would have never thought of.

Here is how I’m going about my capsule. Keep in mind I can tend to be very legalistic with myself. I’m trying very hard to not be with this challenge. I want to learn more about clothes/outfits, not beat myself up that I actually have 45 pieces and not 40 or 30. I challenge you to have the same mindset. Here are my “rules”:
1. Limit my wardrobe for 3 months to 40ish pieces.
2. No shopping during this time…however…my birthday is next week and if I receive gift cards or spending money…I think that I can use that to purchase clothing since it will not count against my monthly clothing budget.
3. Shoes, scarfs, necklaces, undergarments, tights, pjs, and workout clothes don’t count. Neither do yard/house work clothes. (I did pair down my scarves however.)
4. Because my wardrobe will span over 2-3 seasons (Sept 1 – Dec 1), I will be swapping out a couple pieces. I have two pairs of shorts (90 degrees with 90% humidity??? I need shorts people.) and then once it cools down, I will swap those out for two pairs of pants I have set aside…if I find I need them. Also a couple cotton tank dresses to swap out with long sleeve dresses.

Those are the rules guidelines I’m starting out with. So here’s how I started. On august 31, I took everything out of my closet. It wasn’t pretty. **Disclaimer: I know my pics are terrible…but until we get a new desktop, I’m stuck using only the iPad to blog…that includes taking pictures because I can’t move camera pictures to the iPad. Technology! Argh! So please excuse the poor quality!**

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I had three piles: get rid of, capsule material, hold on to but not for this capsule. Then I slowly moved capsule material pieces to the hold pile until I paired down to about 47.

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My “problem” area is cardigans and jeans. I feel like these will make outfits more versatile. So those are here hardest for me to pair down. I’ve also seen that some ladies have included jackets into their capsule. I’m only planning on wearing 2-3 jackets right now, so if you factor that in, my capsule is at about 50 pieces. I know that seems high compared to some ladies. But I intend on learning a lot through these three months, and hopefully for my next capsule, I can pair it down to less. I did cut out quite a bit though…

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Those are the “hold” pieces in my guest room closet. Some may disappear after these three months…we shall see. So what does my 50 pieces include?

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2 skirts- 1 maxi 1 a-line
2 maxi dresses
7 dresses, 1 tunic (2 summer dresses will be swapped out for 2 cold weather dresses)

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7 cardigans…still debating about this section. I may hold a few back.

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15 tops: mix of solids, prints, and sleeve lengths.

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4 t-shirts and 2 pairs of fleece lined leggings. (See the shirt on top of the pile? Hoping to highlight that in a post next week!)

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Last but not least…the jeans. 1 pair bootcut, all the rest are skinny jeans. I’m excited to see what kind of outfits I can create with the colored skinny jeans. I wasn’t into those last fall.

Well, that concludes my capsule wardrobe for September 1st thru December 1st. If you would like to follow my capsule wardrobe board on Pinterest, you can do that here! Are you doing a capsule wardrobe? What was your technique for scaling back? I’d love to see or hear about yours! Linking up with the Pleated Poppy…a little late…for wiww!

Press on!
Jaimi

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