There has been a bit of a buzz lately about capsule wardrobes. They definitely aren’t a new idea, but they seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment. Years ago I put together my first capsule-ish wardrobe when I moved to the UK for the second time. I had limited luggage space, so I really tried to only take things that would work together. I loved the ease and simplicity of it. As time went on and I gradually gathered more clothes over there, the capsule-ness of my wardrobe gradually disappeared and I kind of forgot about the idea almost entirely.
Fast forward three years. There are many things that haven’t changed in that time. I still hate trying to get dressed in the morning. I’m not really into fashion and I’m picky about clothes. Why can’t I just walk into a shop that stocks everything that I can picture wearing in my head? Anyway, there has been quite a bit of talk about Caroline’s minimalist fashion blog Un-fancy of late and I thought I might try getting back onto the capsule wardrobe bandwagon for the holidays. I don’t go back to work until the last week in January, so this is my mini summer capsule wardrobe (for the next 6 weeks) to see if I really like it or not.
Here’s what I did to create my summer capsule wardrobe:
1. Downloaded the Capsule Wardrobe Planner from Un-fancy and worked my way though it. It was a great starting point to get me thinking about what events I had coming up, what colours I’d like to be wearing and and my ‘style’ in general. I’m still on the ‘Bright Preppy Sparkle’ bandwagon and I decided that my summer colours (based on what I like and what I already have) would be: black, navy, white and grey with accents of pink, blue and sparkle.
2. I emptied out my entire wardrobe onto the bed. That was fun. Dylan was out and by the time he got home, the mess was tidied away. Phew.
3. Selected all of the pieces that I really love right now and that fitted with my ‘style’ (if you can call it that) and with the colours listed above.
4. Everything that I had left on the bed that was:
(a) For cooler weather
(b) I didn’t love
(c) Is still ok but doesn’t really match anything else in the capsule
went into a basket which I then covered with a towel (to prevent it collecting dust bunnies) and I tucked it away in my wardrobe. I’ll did it out again in February as I start to think about an autumn wardrobe.
5. Once that was done, I was left with 24 pieces. I was aiming for 37 as suggested, but I just didn’t have enough pieces that I actually liked and feel comfortable wearing. This means I’d got room for up to 13 more pieces that fit the brief between now and February.
6. The final step was to photograph each item and then hang them in my wardrobe so it is easy for me to see what I have to wear. (I used this to help me make the photo grid – so easy! Thanks Cathy!) This is what I ended up with:
- 5 dresses (some dressy, some casual)
- 10 tops (I’d like to add more, but ones I like are hard to find)
- 6 warmer layers
- 3 bottoms
It seems so simple. Fingers crossed it works! (Two days in and I’m absolutely loving it! Less choice but more easy combinations! Win!)