A Capsule Wardrobe: Round 2
In the past few months, I've had one too many freak outs about what exactly to wear. Too many options, too many opinions, too many styles to try and mimic. In the past few months, I've also blown through way too much money on clothes that I don't wind up wearing. I love dressing up, but I also love lounging around in a casual outfit. Getting dressed has become next to nearly impossible, and over the past few days I've been finding articles of clothing in drawers that I completely forgot about. It got me thinking about capsule wardrobes.
I used to live in a teensy tiny apartment with my Greek husband, back when he was my Greek boyfriend. A teensy tiny apartment meant teensy tiny amounts of closet space, which inspired me to take on the idea of a capsule wardrobe.
Capsule Wardrobes are pretty neat. You can streamline it based on what your needs are, you can tweak and time them differently. For example, the CW you use for the summer won't get you through the winter. It's about setting guidelines that you can work with, because the main point of a CW is to streamline your closet.
My Capsule Wardrobe needed to be something that would get me through work, social events and casual days. I set a number, a time and a list of things to exclude.
- My Capsule Wardrobe would be for August 1 – September 30 (basically until the end of summer in Maryland). From then on, I'd switch out items every three months.
- It would be made up of 50 items – a good mix of some clothes that would be just for work and others that weren't appropriate for the office. I divided them into categories: shirts, pants & shorts, skirts, dresses, sweaters and shoes.
- It would exclude any workout clothes. I go through a few pairs of workout tops and spandex each week, so adding them to my list of items was pointless.
Only three guidelines – it's so easy. I sat down and listed what I knew I needed to add. I did this on my lunch break and not in front of my closet, so that I wouldn't get distracted. The next step was to go home and actually streamline my closet. This was a process. It took a while - several episodes of Criminal Minds played in the background as I went through my closet and drawers, and divided clothes into things to donate, things to toss and things to put in storage.
The final product? A streamlined closet of fifty items. I know fifty items might sound like a lot, but considering I have to dress "professionally" for work every day – I thought it gave me the right amount of flexibility.
What's next? Not shopping. I've definitely got an addiction to buying clothes – and as of today I've gone about three weeks without buying any clothes. I'm not saying I'll stop buying lipsticks from Colourpop any time soon, but hey – start small.
Have you ever considered a Capsule Wardrobe? Try it – I swear it cuts your outfit picking panic attacks in half.