I was introduced to "capsule wardrobes" though instagram and found this write up by The Every Girl a helpful introduction. Basically you cut your clothes down to only things you LOVE - and by cut - really cut down, around 40 total pieces including shoes. From there you get creative with the combinations and accessories; only go shopping, or switch out your items every season and only buy things you really know you will wear or "have to have".
Seems simple enough, but it is a big jump. This past Saturday I took everything out of my closet...well everything except my shoes. Those I am not ready to cut down. While making piles on the bed the sorting switched from color coding to seasons. Easy way to start and it felt as if I was accomplishing something in the process. From there I shifted to work, casual and going out clothes. More progress...now to limit my number of items for the seasons.
My total number...Six. This is the number of items that are no longer in my closet. Not much success in limiting my number of pieces. I like having choices and I really was not ready to go shopping to fill in the holes created by limited the number of items for the summer season. I am not giving up on creating a capsule wardrobe, just lengthening out the process. Here is what I learned from the experience.
- I will need three capsules - work, casual and cocktail/party.
- Having your closet organized by season and work vs. non-work makes finding clothes much easier.
- Even though I have plenty of clothes, I will need to shop to maintain a capsule style closet.