Well, friends, we are just a few days away from the first day of spring — twelve days to be exact.
I. Can’t. Wait. (!!!!!)
So, since spring is upon us, I’ve been working away on my spring capsule and I’m happy to tell you that you’ll get to see it next week! (You can bet that each piece in this outfit is in my spring wardrobe.) Yep, next week is capsule week! I’m so excited to share it with you. Especially since I haven’t posted a capsule in over a year.
Over a year. Wow.
Why? Well, to be honest, I wanted to lose the structure I’d set up before. Whenever I start a something new — like a new workout routine or a new habit — I like to approach it with a set of rules. I thrive in a structured environment at the beginning. But … as time goes on, and the new thing becomes a part of my life, I like to loosen it up and let it be organic.
So I took a break. Sometimes we need to take a break — even from good things. During that time I let the capsule concept flow and observed where it went.
It just sort of melted into a capsule…ish.
More on that next week! But in the meantime: Want to try a capsule this spring? I have a free printable planner for you — you can download it right here.
So tell me: Do you capsule? (Or sorta-kinda capsule? Or simply approach your closet in a thoughtful way? Because that counts too.) What practices or guidelines do you follow now? Are they different than when you first started? Even if it’s just a simple, “I go with my gut” I’d love to hear your approach and how it’s changed over time.
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I am dying to do a capsule but with 4 kids most days I just wear what’s clean and hanging in my closet (it must be in my closet- I hate dressing from a laundry basket!). One day. But, I have started to be very coscious of what lives in my closet and most importantly what enters it. I bring home things and give them a good try on (is it comfortable, is it functional, do I really love it?) and if it doesn’t- back it goes no matter how on clearance it was! I think that’s the biggest change I’ve made- investing in quality pieces I love instead of buying huge quantities of things because they’re on sale.
I’m confused, Caroline. The last capsule wardrobe posted on your site is from March 2015. That’s almost 2 years! Did I miss a capsule? Anyway, I capsuled for 6 seasons until I had a wardrobe consisting of nothing but clothes that I like and wear. After that, because I DO NEED STRUCTURE, I DECIDED ON A FIXED NUMBER OF PIECES FOR EACH TYPE OF CLOTHING AND IF I WANT TO BUY SOMETHING NEW, I DONATE SOMETHING I HAVE. sO IT ALWAYS HAS TO BE SOMETHING THAT I WANT A LOT MORE THAN SOMETHING I HAVE. bACK IN 2014, THE ENTIRE GUEST ROOM CLOSET WAS PACKED WITH CLOTHES THAT I NEVER WORE AND SOME I DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER BUYING. I NEVER WANT TO BE THERE AGAIN AND YOU WERE THE ONE THAT MOTIVATED ME TO CHANGE FOREVER. tHANK YOU!
The overalls look good on you! I guarantee those would not work for me! :)
-Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com
Kristen, I bet you could totally pull it off! Although overalls felt silly to me at first, they are now some of my favorites. :)
Yay, can’t wait to see it!!
I am hoping to organize my own spring capsule using your planner this year. I have been reading for a long time, and loved the planner for wardrobe direction, but unfortunately I haven’t ever taken the time to actually make the capsule collection and store my other clothes. I am planning some time this weekend to finally go for it!!
Laura @ http://www.thriveorsurvive.us
littleblackdomicile blogger says
Running a successful design business for over 30 years with long days, Ive learned to keep my wardrobe simple. My wardrobe has to work in office meetings as well as on construction sites. I have worn lot’s of black and whites before they were even chic! A capsule for me is having about 10 pcs as you say that are interchangeable, can be worn multiple times before cleaning and are foundations that can be changed with shoes, jewelry and in the last few years multiple pairs of eyeglasses. I approach a small closet with the rule when a new piece comes in…an old must go. Keeps the closet in order and also makes sure I don’t wear something past its prime. Even classic can get shabby.-Laurel
Yes, sometimes we need a brea … from everything :) Love the dungarees!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
Sheila Joy says
I’m actually checking out your capsule printable right now because I don’t have a method!! Love the overalls btw x
Anne-michelle frances says
I “sorta capsule” and no longer feel guilty about wearing the same few things over and over again because they are my favorites! I used to worry about someone noticing I’ve been wearing the same favorite sandals going on six years now, then my husband simply said “you’re not that important.” That resonated so strongly with me, and instead of being offended, I now chant that in my head when I am nervous let someone might notice I am repeating an outfit. :)
I had an equally eye-opening experience where my husband shared a similar revelation with me. He asked me to tell him what everyone else in the office wore that day and I was kind of ashamed to say I couldn’t really recall. He said, “see? And I bet you no one else gave your outfit more than a passing glance/thought today either.” So as long as we stay within the guidelines of our professional dress code (if applicable), we mostly are just dressing for ourselves–repeat those favorites as often as you like!
Kathryn Mader says
I love these comments and came to a similar awareness about my house. Who cares what my house looks like besides me? No one. So rather than laboring and wasting precious thought space and money on having everything just so or wearing perfect clothes, it’s far more important to be comfortable in your own skin and your own home. So I wear whatever makes me feel neat, orderly and gives me a little confidence. Having said that, I do love Caroline’s style and have learned some things I would like to incorporate into my closet in the future…for me and no one else besides my husband.
RITA tocta says
:) love your husband’s comment! I totally get it and will now apply it to other areas of my life..thank you for sharing really!
PAula louise says
YOU are important – the sandals aren’t ?
I can’t wait for spring/summer, either!! As in… I tried on a bathing suit yesterday. Hahaha.
I reorganize my closet twice a year to make the stuff I plan on wearing more accessible, but my method is more “thoughtful” than “capsule”. I can grab “off-season” items any time I like. If I want to wear something I own, why should I restrict myself? Shopping my closet probably helps my shopping habit, too.
On that note, I now usually only buy things when A) I notice a specific gap in my wardrobe or B) I see something I love in a store and it fits all of EXTREMELY stringent criteria. I sometimes use the Cladwell Capsule app to help me tell when I have a gap and I use the Closet app to help me see what I’m wearing most. Both tools are beyond useful, so I really have to thank you for sharing them. :)
WOO HOO! SO excited to see your spring capsule, I love the new direction your wardrobe has gone in and can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with. I always struggle with Spring outfit planning and can’t wait to virtually pick your brain :)
Regan Louise says
I don’t capsule, really, but my wardrobe is small, and going through it this morning on my day off classes, I realized that I tend to have things in groups of sevens. I have seven springy long-sleeve shirts. I switch out two for 7 winter ones. I have 7 short sleeve shirts, and seven spring sweaters/sweatshirts. I can switch out some of those for 7 winter ones too. And I have 7 pairs of jeans.
I did try a capsule once, but found the repetition of clothing limiting, and I’m wondering if 7 items is what I end up at. It’s good for laundry, and I don’t have to repeat something in the same week unless I want to.
Anyway, I love this outfit! The simple colors are comforting.
Jan Marie says
Oh how I wish I didn’t have to pay for laundry. Would totally do wash more often. But instead I feel like I need more clothes to combat the fact that I can only afford to do laundry every 2+ weeks.
I’m so jealous….we had a rush of warm weather in New England and I started separating out my winter clothes (thankfully did not pack them away yet). Now we are due for very cold weather and two snow storms in the next week! *sigh*
Jan Marie says
Yes!!! Also jealous of Caroline. :) I’m in Boston and it’s 18 degrees currently, 15″ of snow expected tomorrow. Flip flops are SUCH a faraway thought.
I wanted to say thank you for the chambray shirt post. I pulled my Madewell one out of my small storage box (because, I too, was feeling sort-of over it). But, I wanted to give it another shot for spring. Im happy to report That thinking out of the box, re-styling my chambray has been fun, and it’s going to stay a staple in my wardrobe. Today, I’m wearing it over my black strapless jumpsuit (cotton, pleated, floaty pant legs with pockets!!) that I bought over 7 years ago from our local consignment shop and is still in mint condition! It sounds sort of weird to style it with the chambray shirt, but I gave it a shot, and am so glad as did. The outfit so works with the shirt tied in front and rolled sleeves. I added my fav dangled peace sign earrings and a few angled bracelets, and voila! It’s got to be my favorite outfit of late and perfect for today’s early spring temperatures (cool in the am/pm, but warmer in the midday). So, thank you for your constant, down-to-earth wardrobe inspiration! And especially for your suggestion to pair our chambray shirts with black. It’s a winner! So, thank you!
I am absolutely in love with your dungarees! Lovely outfit.
Twelve days untill spring! I think I’m just as enthousiastic as you~ I can’t wait!!
Anna W says
I pared down A LOT several years ago and loved the lighter feeling of having less to choose from in my closet. Having less meant having to be more intentional about what was there, and in the past two years I’ve learned a lot and watched my tastes solidify into what I believe is the style I want to have. I feel as though I’m finally in a consistent lifestyle groove to try to put together a true capsule – starting with the spring 10×10 – and I’m excited to see where that leads.
Color scheme is huge for me, as are having a few go-to uniforms that I know I can count on, whether it’s a color uniform (like charcoal on denim) or a fit uniform (loose on top, fitted on bottom – or vice versa), it really helps me to pull things together easily when I can fall back on my style templates.
As always, you’re a great inspiration! Thanks for making me think :)
Hey. I’m happy to see you in these overalls again, they do have your name on them!
No, I don’t capsule. I like the variety. I did like the 10×10 challenge though: very limited time, very limited range of clothes that got me to be creative and opened my eyes to what my true closet heroes are.
I do keep a thoughtful closet though:
One in, one out is a rule that works well for me. For every new item, one has to be sold, donated or ditched.
I also follow the 4 season color analysis and have worked out a color palette that allows a lot of mix-n-match.
Since it was about a year ago that I discovered your blog I thought about the top three things I learned from you:
1) Shop my closet, mix and create new outfits with what I already have
2) ethical fashion can look good
3)shop less, buy fewer and better
Thank you for your inspiration. xoxo
Sue lou says
Thank you for allowing us on your adventure. I have always had a minimal collection of clothes, but as I approach my 50th birthday, this is the first time that I’ve had a wardrobe. The other day I wore an outfit! One that was put together without trying too hard. I felt really good! The structure of a capsule, as well as your planner, has helped me greatly! I still mostly shop at my long-time favorite thrift store and score great pieces from G-Star Raw, R&J, and 7 For All Mankind for pennies on the dollar. But now I don’t buy anything unless it fills a need.
My capsule is at 37. I have fewer shoes and dresses and more jeans right now, but I love the built-in evolving nature of the capsule. For me it allows just the right amount of structure and your approach has given us all the freedom to make it our own.
Gen from montreal says
I started doing capsule a year ago, because after having a baby and changing from office work to self-employement (as a writer), my wardrobe needed a refresh. I’ve never been into fashion or styling before (cause I’m a minimalist and it didn’t seem to be my kind of thing) but I stumbled upon your blog and found it inspiring. I read it all, let it sink and now I’m preparing my third capsule, with a fixed number of clothes (around 35) because it prevent me from « saving my nicest clothes ». It’s not always easy, because the concept of season is sometime blurry in Quebec, but I managed. Last week, I asked my husband « Hey, do you think I’m always dressing the same? » He stopped for a minute and thought, then said : « I don’t know, but now that you mention it, in the last months, I often thought your outfits were really good looking. » Yesssss! Objective acheived! ;)
I just started putting together my spring capsule last night! Doing a capsule has helped me so much. Everything must be comfortable, fit perfectly, and be something I really like wearing. Seems like a no brained but it’s funny how your closet can get away from you, isn’t it?
Holly J says
I’m on my 4th season in a capsule (I started last summer, inspired by Into Mind and lately, this blog!!! thanks Caroline!!). I’ve always let myself “pick” from other seasons if I saw a hole (so, I guess I wasn’t too strict) and try to keep the number under 40 items-ISH. I feel like that number is WAAY too big and too generous and I’m not getting enough use out of (especially) my tops and some of my shoes because I have more tops/shoes than bottoms. I’m just not sure what to let go of because I love each piece when I wear it!
I write down what what’s in each capsule, tick mark when I wear it, note what it cost (and whether it was ethical/responsible), and write down every new purchase for the year on one sheet. It has made me realize how much of my wardrobe sees pretty light use!
Caroline-you seem to do a great job wearing ALL your clothes. I actually see items repeated and restyled, which is really cool. A lot of fashion bloggers seem to wear a new piece every single day!
Jan Marie says
This is inspiring to me! Makes me want to do the following: list all my items, number them, buy a year calendar, and write down each day what outfit formulas I used (2+27+15), make monthly tallies per item, so I can see what my heavy hitters are. Thanks for the inspiration!
Kd Stein says
I always love hearing about your approach to clothes and what makes them special to you. I was wondering if you would post about a pregnancy capsule or something like. I am currently 3 months along and recently purchased some maternity clothes. I will be pregnant for spring and summer. I was going to try to make a capsule for spring with my new maternity clothes but I guess I am not sure what to expect (as far as what I might need, etc), so I wanted to know if you or any of your readers might have some advice. Again, thank you for your posts, before I got pregnant your blog really helped me notice that half my clothes I had because they were cheap and easy to have, but not really something I went back to time and time again. I now have classic pieces and found some renewed love for others. I don’t strictly have a capsule attitude (mainly for lack of space) but I know everything in my closet brings me joy and looks great on me. Thank you again, KD
Yes a pregnancy capsule post would be amazing! I just found out I’m pregnant, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes I’ll only be wearing for a few months,
Audrey from Puttingmetogether.com put together a maternity capsule a couple years ago. It’s worth a look. :)
Jan Marie says
Check out Truncation Blog. She’s amazing for this.
I’ve been fine tuning my Spring Capsule for a couple of weeks now, I can’t wait to see yours! The Winter Capsule was my first. It’s been so much fun creating all my outfits from this capsule. Towards the end, I did swap out a few pieces that I discovered were not working. I enjoy this method because it’s such a fun organic process!
I’ve always wanted to do a capsule for a season, but my problem is that I have a lot of clothes, and I love everything I own! I can’t part with any of it. So I’ve been trying to focus on just wearing what I have and not adding anything new unless it’s absolutely necessary. I’m using the Stylebook app, which is amazing and allows me to come up with hundreds of different outfit combinations using what I already have. When I have an urge to shop, I look at the app to remind myself of all the great pieces I already own.
Andrea Handojo says
I am super excited for spring and spring fashion! You are rocking those overalls! I still don’t know if I can find one that doesn’t make me look like I’m 8 lol.
My story is similar to yours – I really enjoyed the structure of the capsule in the beginning and how it forced me to be thoughtful. But eventually it felt restrictive, and like I was spending MORE time and money on my wardrobe than before because I was trying to achieve Capsule Perfection.
Now I’m just trying to have a thoughtful wardrobe of items that I love and wear often, and I try to remove things that aren’t serving me well.
But I’m thinking of reintroducing some structure, maybe by defining my staples and sticking to a set number of purchases for non-staple clothing (like a french 5-piece wardrobe, maybe). I feel like I have a solid basic wardrobe now, but it’s almost TOO basic, so that’d help me drop the guilt of buying something that isn’t “classic”.
I’m looking forward to seeing your capsule and how it’s evolved from the original structure!
Girl & Closet says
Yay for spring and YAY for starting a spring capsule. I just dived into one this week and I’m loving it + with you… now that I’ve done a few… I’ve happily abandoned the structure and instead I’m following my gut, adding pieces if I need to, but still following a mindful & minimalist approach!! Can’t wait to see yours next week!! xo
I’m doing the Project 333 for spring since I need a serious change in my relationship with my clothes! Hoping to switch to a sorta capsule once I feel more in control of what I own/wear.
I didn’t go full on capsule, but I did stop shopping and reduce what I had. If it didn’t work for whatever reason I gave myself permission to let it go to a better home. I always felt so guilty when I thought about getting rid of something I spent money on or when I saw it hanging unused in my closet, but once I made the single decision for it to go I finally was released of all that guilt. Thanks KonMari lol. My style phase right now is add in a few things here or there and then utilize what I have.
Krystal Nelson says
This is basically my strategy too. It sometimes drives me crazy to think about the amount of money I spent on clothes that I never wore or really liked, but I have to tell myself that the money’s already gone and to just focus on the future. I keep a bin of clothes that I take to the consignment shop every once in awhile (like today actually, and got $100 on the spot) or donate if they don’t sell. My purchasing mistakes are much more valuable if I can consign or give them to someone in need instead of clogging my storage space. As for capsules, I live in Florida, where the weather barely fluctuates, so there is no need to pack away clothes for the season (coats go in the second bedroom closet, and everything else stays put), and I have all my clothes available at once. There are just fewer of them now! Strategically planning my purchases, even though the items I purchased lately are more expensive, has actually saved me money in the long run. Vacations, here I come!
Samantha Lee says
I’ve never done a capsule wardrobe but HAVE significantly pared down my wardrobe. It is time I revisit my closet and get rid of more items though.
By the way, these overalls are adorable! I can’t wait for spring. I’ve been wanting a pair of clogs for ages too but am just worried they will always feel like they’re slipping off of my feet. I know you wear them often – do you have this problem?
I’ve ditched the capsule, but am still figuring out how to approach my closet intentionally. Right now, I make mostly sustainable/ethical clothing purchases (a lot of secondhand) and keep pretty much everything in my closet at all times. During the colder months, I stash away my shorts & any tops that just won’t work in the winter, and during the warmer months stash my big coats & heavy sweaters. Its working so far, but I’m always thinking about it. I’ve been enjoying your new approach & am learning a ton!
Alina @EclecticAlu says
It looks beautiful on you! I don’t have an overall, great outfit idea!
Heather Kendrick says
I am pregnant with my third (and we think last) child and I am attempting a “postpartum breastfeeding friendly capsule” for after the baby is born. ? I really want to have clothes I feel good in. I’m a little tired of surviving because my body keeps changing! This is my third time through so I feel confident in what types of clothing will work during that period and sizes I will need. I have nursing tanks for under all my shirts but all the top shirts I buy are normals shirts! In the future, I don’t want all my tops to have oddly placed zippers and stretchy necklines and have to start all over again!
Wish me luck!
I did the capsule wardrobe religiously for a year – 4 complete seasons – then I got pregnant and basically had a maternity capsule because I didn’t want to buy tons of maternity clothes. Then I had a baby and quit my job and nothing fit!!! I am so thankful for the lessons I already learned through doing to capsul experience by for a year, otherwise I think I would be in a very discontent place right now. Since I quit my job I don’t have a ton of cash to throw at a new wardrobe. But I’m using my principles and building slowly. My closet is the smallest it’s ever been but I love it the most I ever have! Thanks to your blog for a lot of those lessons!
One thing that is different this time around, when I followed the strict 3 months I felt like I needed to make a completely remixable 3 month wardrobe. And while I definitely succeeded at doing that – it meant buying items that I didn’t consider “forever items” to make it work. Now I’d rather have 5 outfits I REALLY love even if they don’t remix perfectly. But since I’ve narrowed down my style, they usually do in some ways anyway!
Hi :) Long-time reader, first-time “commenter”.
I love this outfit, it’s easy and you look awesome <3
On to your question: I kind-a sort-a capsule. When you started Unfancy I was inspired by the concept of a capsule wardrobe. I had never heard that before, but as soon as I read about it I knew it was for me :)
I'm a college student so I can't afford to stock new clothes for every season, so I thought I'd grab items I could use year-round and some specifics like summer dresses and chunky sweaters.
What I did was get rid of EVERYTHING I didn't like, all at once. I was left with very little (one pair of pants, two skirts, three T-shirts). Then I noticed exactly what I liked: there was a clear style that all these items shared.
Over the past three years I've been building slowly -but surely- my perfect wardrobe, buying pieces I absolutely need and LOVE. I currently own about 70 pieces of clothing and 5 pair of shoes (boots, sandals, flats) that I use year-round. It's so easy to dress up in the morning. I don't even have to think about it, the hassle is long gone <3
I love your blog and your positive outlook on life. I always keep coming back :)
Thank you, Caroline xoxo
I stumbled across your blog per chance a few weeks ago and ever since I have made the greatest changes to my wardrobe! It has been so much fun to go through my closet and get rid of everything that doesn’t fit me anymore, is worn or I only kept because it was expensive… now I put together a spring capsule of around 44 pieces (working part time as a professor and staying at home with my two young children rhe rest of the week made it – -at the moment – impossible for me to narrow it down to 37…) For that I bought 7 new items – after lots of thinking and looking around what it is I really want and need. And also finding and checking out ethically conscious brands and stores in my hometown zurich. Now I’m so excited to go through the next months with this capsule – trying out new combinations with a wardrobe that’s kept in good shape with loads of pieces I love. Honestly, I’ve never had so much fun with fashion ever before. Thank you Caroline! You are doing a great job with your blog!
I didn’t do a structured capsule wardrobe this last season, but I found even though I didn’t I was constantly just sticking to about only 50-60 % of my clothes. So…. back to capsule wardrobes! I do like how easy it gets to pack when you have a capsule. I did a trip last year (when I was doing a capsule) and ended up being able take most of my clothes!! No needless worry and panic about what to bring, because it all fit in a suitcase.
I don’t capsule but I’m finding myself reaching for the same pieces in a season lol.
Like others on here, I have gradually pared my wardrobe down to items that I love. I haven’t bought clothes in over a year. Funny how all those clothes that I love that I was saving for some special occasion are now my go-to pieces. It’s really cool liking every item that I wear and it all fits just like it should. It’s been a process and I still would like to streamline more, but for now, I like where I am. I gave away a lot of clothes that were in great shape, but just never fit quite right. And with that, I let go of the guilt attached to them. Thanks for all your insight! It has been very helpful for me in simplifying my wardrobe.
Yes, I capsule! I live in an urban area where all the houses and apartments are teeny tiny, so I really have no choice. It works for me though because too many choices gives me anxiety, so I guess it’s all good!
Btw, love the overalls!
Shelbi | Urban Girl’s Closet
oh dear. I was ummering and arring over a pair of dungerees this morning. I’ve been wanting them for AGES. Then I saw your post and it just pushed me over the edge. I really hope they suit me & I will wear them a lot. They look great on you!
Jan Marie says
Hey Melanie how did you get a picture to show up next to your name? Nothing comes up when I put in my blog… :/
I only did a formal capsule for the 10×10 but I always just end up getting obsessed with certain clothes for 4-12 months. During that time, I wear the items every day or as much as I can get away with. The first time I remember doing this was when I was 11 or 12 with a teal zip up hoodie that I had appliqued two poodle patches on the pockets. It’s normal to wear favorites and I’m so glad the trend now is rewearing instead of never being seen in the same outfit twice.
I can’t wait to see your spring capsule! I find it really helpful to see all the pieces together.
I use a capsule of ~35 pieces each season, but at least half of that is appropriate for multiple/all seasons. I like how it works because I have a foundation of favorite items but the seasonal changes add some variety and freshness.
Mamas To Be –
A number of Caroline’s style ideas will work well for maternity wear, especially flowing with a palette that works for you and sticking to a few key pieces. I had a baby three months ago and here’s my style advice:
1. Shirts that highlight your lovely clavicle/boobs and then swoop outward and just skim down to the hips. A deep v is good as these can then double as nursing shirts, if you go that direction. They help you feel pretty but also are very functional.
2. Black maternity leggings. Adore.
3. One pair of maternity jeans that pulls it all together. I was on a budget and didn’t want to blow a ton of cash for stuff I only wore a few months, so I tried maternity consignment jeans for a few weeks until I found a pair.
4. A maxi , t-shirt, or halter dress, cotton. Let it mimic the shirt recommendation- cleavage highlighted and then a loose, flowing shape. This piece helped me through the last month of pregnancy. Plus you feel less like a mess and more like a goddess post-birth when you’re living on the couch and nursing around the clock. You can also pair this with jackets you already own (denim or leather). I found this worked through month 8 with my jackets unbuttoned or unzipped.
5. Many of your button-downs and t-shirts will look amazing knotted over comfy dresses. One of my fave combos was my chambray unbuttoned and knotted over a black cotton dress. Try stealing your hubby/lover’s v-neck t-shirts, too.
6. Accessories! Lipstick and sunglasses go a long way!
And bask in it. It can feel really wild having you body change so much, but it is a short stage and then they are outside. So slow down, enjoy, and get creative with the things you own. :)
This look is one of my favourites! Love it, and the entry was overall very good as always.
Wow! So cool! I’ve never heard about capsule … You inspire me to rethink my wardrobe and shopping behavior :)
The weekend is gonna be so lovely warm. I hope you have an enjoyable day too and I hope to see you on my blog too :)
I’m so excited for your spring capsule, Caroline! Eeee! :) While I don’t have a true capsule myself, I have a much more effective means of growing my wardrobe than I used to. For instance, I’m specifically looking for spring tops since I’m seriously lacking in that department. My rule is that any new addition needs to have at least 3 bottoms it can coordinate with. Jeans, shorts and skirt, or jeans, black jeans and shorts, etc. Basically, no more buying pieces that only look good paired with a particular item. That way, I don’t get bored with what I own so quickly! It’s so nice to figure out what works in real life that’s easy to apply. :)
I used to have so many clothes that I never wore and didn’t really like. So I gave away about 80% of my wardrobe and now only wear the pieces I have either loved and worn a lot, or have thoughtfully added after weeks of considering 1) if I really would wear it and 2) what I would wear it with. Now my entire wardrobe consists of only 40-ish pieces that I wear all year, depending on the weather, and that I always feel good in.
Jessica Hale says
So I live in Fresno/Clovis California and the weather is hot most of the time (summer over 100 every day!) with very mild winters.. In one “season” i may need access to all seasons clothing. So basically I don’t have capsules but make sure everything in my closet is something I love and try to only buy out of necessity, not want. So a thoughtful approach?
Ann Marie says
I almost donated my overalls…But your outfit is SO fun. So the overalls are just waiting to be washed and back in the closet
Hey, Caroline, love this denim and white! Are these overalls comfortable even when sitting? I find that sometimes the length of things in the inseam don’t seem to work out when you transition from standing to sitting while in overalls.
Britt // http://www.radiantearthart.com
I love the idea of capsule wardrobes. This way you can really invest in the pieces you wear. However, I never really started with it as I’m afraid that I will get bored with my clothes after a while. I’m very curious to see what you’ve done with your Spring capsule :)
Enjoy your Sunday!
Emily Mahi'ai says
I do a sort-of capsule-ish wardrobe, but I don’t do seasonal wardrobes. I just count all of it as one big wardrobe, and I try to keep it at around 50 items. This doesn’t include shoes, loungewear, or basics like tees, which all have their own separate number ballpark. I really love shoes so I allow myself to have up to like, 25 pairs. Currently only have 19 though.
I’ve found that I need structure at first too, and then later as it becomes a habit I don’t need quite as much and it can just be what it is. Have you read Gretchen Rubin’s book “Better than Before?” It’s all about habits and stuff like that. I think you might like it!
Aspiring minimalist says
I’m traveling for 3 months starting May 22, so have started trying to put everything I want for those months (capsule length) into a carry-on. I also may not be returning home in the fall so I’m trying also to get rid of anything wintry that isn’t irreplaceable. The thing I’ve realized is that most things really *are* replaceable. And the idea of getting all new things in the fall either way really excites me! :)
I do not capsule (yet) but when I discovered your blog, I wanted to try. Still not done yet.. Something about it is scaring me..
BUT I’ve already tried to reduce the amount of clothes I have and put clothes into storage when I wasn’t sure about keeping it or not. Some of those clothes are back in my closet now, some still not (maybe because of the season).
SO it’s still under process & you are a source of inspiration ;)
You are looking pretty in blue denim.