Capsule Wardrobe - What is it, How to begin, Resources to help

A few weeks ago I shared about my new journey to an ethical capsule wardrobe. I was amazed at the response to this post, and have enjoyed so much emailing back and forth with many of you sharing resources, company names, and tips to get started on the road to buying ethically made clothing. I feel very strongly about this type of purchasing, and have made the decision to make this the year of slimming my closet down, figuring out my true style, and buying pieces that help others have a better life. One of the most daunting things about a capsule wardrobe is getting started, so today I am going to share the beginning steps to this type of closet in hopes of alleviating some of the overwhelming feelings that come with such a new way of viewing your closet! 

The first step is to really understand what a capsule wardrobe is. This type of wardrobe may not be right for everyone, so it is important to really understand what it is and the heart behind it before stepping into the whole journey. 

One of my favorite blogs to find inspiration, tips, and resources when it comes to building a capsule wardobe is Un-Fancy. Caroline has been taking the capsule route for two years and has learned a lot and is always willing to share her lessons learned. A great starting point on understanding what in the world a capsule wardobe is is this post right here by Caroline. 

Photo Credit / Un-fancy 

Photo Credit / Un-fancy 

SO WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?

 A capsule wardrobe is a simplified wardrobe made up of pieces that make you feel 100% confident, take out all the fuss of picking out outfits, and fit your true style and season of life well. 

Choosing to minimize my closet, figure out my style, and really buy items that are well made and sustainable has been so refreshing. My closet is slowly being filled with pieces that all hang exactly how I want them to on me, no items that "may be worn someday", and most imporatntly it is filled with pieces that fit this season of life for me. Gone are the days of sorority cocktail parties and formal chapter meetings, gone are the days of dressy Easter dresses now that we meet with a small house church, gone are the days of t-shirts and gym shorts for going out on Saturdays...marriage has brought out a new style for me and figuring that style out has been the most fun part of this journey. 

“If she can’t afford it, she won’t buy it. If it doesn’t fit (or make her feel good, or flaunt what she’s got), she won’t wear it. If she can’t find it, she won’t compromise. If she loves it, she won’t toss it. She reuses it, rethinks it, lets it age. When a French girl shops, it isn’t a solitary act of buying something new. It’s part of a lifelong process of editing her environment, making small but meaningful additions to her home, her closet, her life. When you shop like a French girl, you buy only one of anything – and make sure it’s the best quality you can afford.”

from Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl

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I love this quote above, and while I am no French girl, I love this attitude. I am an impulse spender by nature so learning to methodically make purchases that fit a hole in my wardrobe and will last more than a season has been quite the learning process. 

SO HOW DO YOU BEGIN?

I would highly recommend purchasing Hayley Morgan's ebook, The No Brainer WardrobeThis was my first step and really helped me get a game plan together and gave me specific steps to move forward with my process. 

Also, I would encourage you to download a copy of Caroline's Capsule Wardrobe Planner and set aside an hour or so to work through it. This was a great tool for me as I began to really figure out what my true style really is and what clothing items make me feel 100% confident in my own body. 

My first step was research, before I began purging my closet, buying new pieces, and selling off the olds ones I read this ebook, and worked through this worksheet. I read all kinds of capsule posts by other bloggers like this one, and this one. I wanted to have a good understanding of what I was getting myself into before I began, so I would encourage you to do the same. 

RESOURCES TO HELP 

The No Brainer Wardrobe

Un-Fancy the Blog

Vallarina Creative 

The Lean Closet Series

The Contentment Challenge by Nancy Ray

Val Marie Paper Capsule Wardrobe

I hope this serves as a starting point for many of you and helps to kickstart you into a simpler way of viewing your closets. I will be continuing to share about this journey and would love for you to comment or email me any questions you may have about the process. I am almost done finalizing my Spring Capsule so I will be sharing that with you all soon! YAY!