I’ve been working on building a Capsule Wardrobe for a few seasons now. The first two seasons were a bit rough, not because I had a hard time letting go of stuff, but because I needed to learn about what I really wear. I think there is a learning curve when it comes to what you like and what you actually pull from your closet and walk out the door in. It’s also been difficult determining seasonal collections. This season, for example, we’ve had 80-degree weather straight through to January, which makes a “winter” capsule wardrobe pretty difficult to create.
I’m still learning, but I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it and I wanted to share my journey and my wardrobe.
This is my “Cold Season” Capsule Collection for 2016. I’m calling it a cold season, because our winter has crept in like a snail. It was so hot in the middle of December that I hung Christmas lights in a t-shirt and shorts. No joke. So, as of right now I’m planning on doing only 2 Wardrobes, instead of the typical 4 to mark each season. One wardrobe for the warm season and one wardrobe for the cold season. It won’t always be 80-degrees in December, but my cold season needs to make allowances for unusually warm weather.
I’ve never been a big clothes shopper, so I was immediately attracted to the idea of a Capsule Wardrobe. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like clothes, I follow trends, I buy stuff, but I’m no Carrie Bradshaw. I pulled everything out of my closet and sorted them into piles. One pile was for clothes I was never going to wear. I was brutally honest. There were certainly things in this pile that I liked, but if I hadn’t worn it in 6 months, it got the axe. The other pile was for things I did wear, but that didn’t fit the current weather. These will be stored away for another season. The last pile were clothes that I loved and was currently wearing. The only clothes I kept in this pile were clothes that I would reach for, without hesitation, any day of the week. Then I wrote down a list of things that I needed to fill in the gap, trying to keep in mind that new items needed to easily mix and match with the existing wardrobe.
Lets talk about shoes for a minute. I LOVE shoes. It’s the one area of fashion I have little self-control. A lot of Capsule Wardrobes include shoes in the count for the collection. I have done away with this rule and chosen to include shoes as a part of my accessories. I wear the same jewelry everyday and have a few nice pieces that I wear for special occasions, so I use my shoes as my main accessory and a girls gotta have choices when it comes to accessories, especially when her closet is as paired down as mine. I’ll share all my new shoe purchases here and will include as much info on shoes already in my collection in upcoming outfit posts.
Now for my style. I work for myself, from home and have twin toddlers, so casual is the name of the game. That said, I’m not a leggings and sweatshirt kind of girl either. I get dressed everyday and when I have a chance to go out, I dress up. In my former life, I wore heels everyday and it’s still a part of me that I like to embrace whenever I can.
I didn’t sit down and create a budget. I knew I’d be reusing most of my existing wardrobe, so I gave myself a break for the few items I was planning to purchase: a suede pair of stacked-heel booties, a new pair of jeans, a button-up tunic, and ponte leggings. That’s one of the great things about a Capsule Wardrobe. You only buy a few items each season, so you’re able to spend a little more money on more quality pieces. I love that.
In all, I spent $376, most of which went toward the boots and the jeans. I rationalize buying quality jeans because I live in them. And since I won’t be purchasing clothes for another 6 months (in theory…eeeek!) I decided that was a pretty forgivable. That’s only $63 a month!
Where I’ve Landed
My Cold Season Capsule Wardrobe consists of 28 items. I have 18 tops and 9 bottoms. My wardrobe does not include shoes (although I did purchase 1 new pair of booties), gym clothes or jewelry. Almost all of my pieces can be easily mixed and matched.
Shop My Closet:
I’ve included as many direct links as possible and linked to similar items where items may no longer be available. Because I’m reusing from purchases past, many of these items can no longer be found. In those cases, I’ve marked items with a *star and linked to an as-similar item.
Starting next week I’ll be sharing a few daily outfits. Since this blog is not specifically about fashion and Capsule Wardrobes, I will not be posting daily about clothes.
**For a more in-depth look at creating your own Capsule Wardrobe, check out Un-Fancy.com. She has recently stopped blogging, but her archives have some great thoughts, ideas and tools on how to get started.