A couple of months ago I found myself totally overwhelmed with the amount of clothes I have. I also had huge amounts of frustration because I "never had anything cute to wear if my one favorite shirt is dirty." My husband often heard "how can I get dressed for the day if everything is so disorganized all the time? If I don't have any space to even get ready? And if I'm not even leaving the house or barely going one place what's the big deal anyway?"
Well I felt hideous most days and I was right by all of those things. Instead of hearing myself beat myself up "why don't you just clean it and get ready and stop acting like you're helpless all the time?" I decided ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH.
I finally helped myself. Nobody else can help me and dress me other than myself. As a stay at home mom I find excuses not to help myself and I'm sure the same goes for some moms who work outside of the home.
The solution wasn't easy and some parts of it made me feel sad while other parts of it made me feel excited. Through the entire process and the last three months the most important thing of all came about: I felt SECURE. For the first time ever I felt secure in my wardrobe choices, my ability to keep my house in order (mainly laundry for now), the way I looked and presented myself in everyday life, and my purchases.
A capsule wardrobe has changed my life for hopefully ever.
I'm not going to tell you you should do one but if your heart and mind are having the same battle mine was having and if you can relate to anything I've said then something needs to change for you!
But for me here's how I changed it, what I used to change it, what the end result is and how I'm going to change it for my next capsule wardrobe that I'll be putting together sometime in the next week. I hope that through all of this there's one gal out there (and trust me, this past couple months many mamas and women who aren't moms have talked to me about the same exact situation I was in before I started this) who will go on this ride, journey- whatever you'd like to call it, with me! I'm hoping to do this every three months as the seasons change.
8 Comfy tops
6 Dressy tops
What to keep in mind: New Years, Valentines Day and birthday stuff, winter weather and being comfortable as a SAHM.
Color Scheme: Cream, grays/blacks, purple, pink and green.
What I added: Green Cardigan ($12.99 at Marshalls), Hollister jeans from Clothing Revival (sold some clothes for $17 store credit, pants were $15, $2 store credit leftover) and Chambray button-up shirt (free, got it for my birthday from in laws).
What I would do differently: Get rid of the pieces I found myself not wearing or find out a way to incorporate them into the next capsule wardrobe. Also, have a higher budget for clothing items, but that'll have to wait!
Side note: I will confess that at least three items in this one are maternity wear! Oh so comfy. Especially after a c-section. I also NEVER wore a pair of leggings or stretchy pants until I had a c section.
How I put my Capsule Wardrobe into action:
Sorry this is so long but I wanted to be REAL and give an in depth write-up on my process to help others along.
The choices I made had to do with a few pieces I already wear. Then I thought of what was coming up- my birthday (the month of romance), winter weather with a splash of sunshine (I'm in California, y'all so this may not be true for everyone), and comfort. Comfort. Comfort and more comfort for what I'd be doing the next two months.
The only way I was able to narrow down everything was to take EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF CLOTHING OUT OF MY CLOSET. yes. Do it if you do this wardrobe capsule. It's the only way to go. And make piles. I did a "to sell" "to donate" "to give to someone I know" "to store or pack away" "to throw away" and "to wear" pile. You only have to do this once to this extent, then it's much easier after the first time.
The "to wear" pile is the one you'll use to start your wardrobe capsule. Pick out your favorite pieces you love right now and separate them into categories like pants and comfy shirts and such. Those piles will show you how many you can choose or add to your pile. At first I had 16 comfy tees. And I narrowed it down to BLANK amount by getting rid of the ones that are comfy but have too much wear showing.
Another way I narrowed down the amount I used in this capsule wardrobe is by choosing a theme of colors so that you always have your outfits matching and complimentary. As you can see my colors I chose were pink, black, cream, grey and purple (my favorite color ever). There are many different ways to do this and if you click around on the links of different places I've read about capsule wardrobes you'll get tons of ideas! Another quick tip is if there's something you love but it doesn't fit your color scheme just put it in the pile for the next capsule wardrobe and store those in an area set aside for the next one.
Be honest with yourself and ask yourself questions about every single piece of clothing you own. Put them in the categories they're meant to be in, not the ones that you wish they could be in.
The last part is putting away your capsule wardrobe. This is the best part because you get magazine worthy closets with the clothes you already own!
As for all the other stuff, you can do what each pile category tells you to do.
I know that the beginning process to a capsule wardrobe can be a little intimidating but once you get going you'll never look back! Next week I will share my Spring capsule wardrobe "best picks" with you.
How has this changed my life? It tells me where to shop and when. You don't have to go to a clothing rack that has no clothing items that fit in your color scheme and needs if you can see that it doesn't from far away. It makes shopping much easier (see a rack full of pink tops and not wearing pink this season? Bypass it). It has saved us tons of money because if I can't find the perfect piece that fits my wardrobe capsule then I just don't buy it. I also don't buy things on a whim because, well, my wardrobe is already fixed a certain way and buying things on a whim won't help perfect it. It also gives me money to invest in one good piece. The cardigan I added can go from this wardrobe capsule to spring, then into the fall one (and by invest I mean $12.99)! When I wake up and see my perfect closet with all these beautiful clothing pieces it inspires me to actually wear them! I always have outfits I can throw on. I'm sure if I did the math I could make a million outfits out of just 31 pieces in my closet. It makes my life so much easier and I look put together.