Happy Monday dear friends!! We had the best and most restful weekend ever. We picked blueberries on Saturday, like oodles and oodles of blueberries. It was so much fun. Ben and I took Piper with us out to a little house on the edge of town where we met several families form our church. The kids loved Piper, and she got to run around in wet grass chewing on sticks so basically it was a great time for all. We spent the rest of the weekend resting (literally...Ben and Piper slept on the floor in the living room for 4 hours) and working on projects! It was such an awesome weekend! I know many of you have heard me talking about this capsule wardrobe, and so many of you have expressed an interest in hearing more about it! So guess what? your waiting time is over!
I have been working on this post in my mind for several weeks now. Do any of you other bloggers out there do that? For whatever reason there are some posts that are so daunting to sit down and write, and this has been one of them for me. But this journey has been too good not to share with you all so here we go.
Capsule Wardrobe. This seems to be quite the trend now in blogland, but let me let you into a little secret. It is a trend, because creating a capsule wardrobe is so freeing. It allows you to stop buying into consumerism, and really figure out what makes you look and feel great!
Let's back up...
What is a capsule wardrobe?
It is a mini-wardrobe made up of versatile pieces that you love, and feel great in. The average number for this type of wardrobe is anywhere from 30-50 pieces, but more than that is really heading in the direction of a traditional closet.
So why create a capsule wardrobe?
Well here is my answer...I needed to start fresh. The transition from college sorority girl to wife has been a tough one in the style department for me. I have felt that most of my closet reflects a previous life, and does not fit or compliment the life I am called to living now. I found myself taking hours to find an outfit to wear, and throwing half of my closet on the floor in the process. I would often feel defeated to the point of tears...all because of clothes. I would use phrases like, "I have nothing to wear", "I don't like how this fits", and "I think I need to change" all the time. So when I discovered the capsule wardrobe idea through some other awesome bloggers like
, I knew I needed in on this.
For me this was more than just cleaning out my closet, but a chance to turn over a new leaf. Gone are the days of forever 21 items for the sake of them being light on the wallet...I will save my money to buy items that I love, that look good on and make me feel comfortable, and that will last! I love this quote below, it really embodies what I am striving for!
Also, this is more than just building an awesome and versatile wardrobe. It is about creating a wardrobe that does not rule over me. A wardrobe that does not cause me to believe lies about my body or possessions, but allows me to not think about my clothing. I desire to not worry about my clothing because as we see in Matthew 6,
"Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing...And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
This journey is more about getting to a point of contentment and rest in my clothing. It is about coming to a point that consumerism does not entice me, my clothes do not have dominion over my joy, and I can feel confident in the body the Lord has given me!
My first step was to do some research. I read several other blogs that I love about how they began the process to creating a capsule wardrobe. Check out these awesome ladies below. Next, I spent a whopping $8 and downloaded
and began to read it immediately.
I loved this book! It was so practical, and Hayley gives you action steps at the end of each section so you can take it all one step at a time, and you are never overwhelmed. I began by going through every item in my closet, and made a no pile, maybe pile, and keep pile.
this was only made up of items I truly loved, and have worn in the last 2-3 months. These were items that I didn't have to try on to remember why I love them, they are my go to's and the ones that I simple could not throw out.
These were all pieces that were questionable. Maybe they would only be wonr a few times a year, or are really bold statement pieces so they are not super versatile, or I find myself unsure of how I look when I put them on. I tried them all on and narrowed this pile down a little more. In the end this pile was mainly made up of nicer dresses, bold printed skirts and tops, and I am planning to keep them for 3 months and anything that is not worn at all during that time will go.
this pile was for every item that I looked at with slight hesitation, or did not feel confident in. If it was too tight, fell weird, constantly had me tugging and readjusting...it went into this pile. All of these items are headed to
(such an awesome website for name brand and designer clothes), Facebook to sell, or Goodwill!
Next, I bought all new hangers at Walmart (for just $30), and switched all my clothes to the new sleek hangers. It is amazing how much this little step lifted the spirits of my closet. My next steps are to define my
, and slim down my current wardrobe (it is sitting at about 50 items, and I really want to get it down some to about 35-40 items).
So stay tuned, I will be sharing more in the weeks ahead about my progress, my uniform, and my final capsule wardrobe!
Great reads/resources to get started creating your own capsule wardrobe:
What do you think about the idea of a capsule wardrobe? Is it overwhelming to you? Want to join in on this journey with me?