I hear this a lot: “Caroline, I really love this capsule wardrobe idea and all … but … don’t you get bored with your clothes?”
In a nutshell … no.
This process has changed my whole approach to clothes in the best way possible. It’s pretty much brainwashed me. And my secret plan is to show you cute outfit after cute outfit to
brainwash you too show you that dressing with less doesn’t equal boring. :)
(Unless you just really don’t like my style. Then my plan will probably backfire.)
Last season I blogged 58 outfits from my tiny wardrobe. Here’s my question/challenge to you: Can you create 58 outfits you’d love to wear right this second from the pieces you currently have in your closet? If so … you are awesome and I want to know your secret — call me. If not, well … see what I’m getting at here?
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the paradox of choice. That is, in short, we assume that more choices means better options and greater satisfaction, but it actually causes anxiety and limits creativity. The more I’ve limited my choices in my wardrobe, the happier and more creative I’ve felt. It’s so refreshing to open my closet door and find a clutter-free zone, filled with all I need and nothing I don’t.
Here’s how I make sure my wardrobe is versatile enough + will work over an entire season.
I call it my “Rule of Three.”
It goes like this:
Typically, when I start planning my capsule wardrobe, I start with shoes since shoes can make the biggest impact on an outfit. I like having about 9 pairs of shoes so I can have, for example, 3 pairs of flats, 3 pairs of heels, and 3 pairs of boots. For each of these sets, I include one basic, plain pair + one crazy-fun statement pair + one pair that falls between the two.
Next in planning, I move on to bottoms: I like having 9 bottoms too – for example, 3 pairs of jeans, 3 pairs of shorts, and 3 skirts. Again, in these sets, I include a basic pair + one fun, statement pair + one pair that falls between the two.
Then, I like having 15 tops. I bet you can guess where this is going. I’ll use the “Rule of Three” rule here too. For example: 3 sweaters, 3 tee shirts, 3 button up shirts, 3 tank tops, and 3 vests. All broken up into basics, statements, and in-betweens.
Pretty simple right? Include 3 of each kind, and of those have one plain option + one statement option + one in-between option.
Works like a charm.