I’m two months into my first capsule wardrobe, and many of you have asked me how it’s going, so I thought I would write a little update.
First of all, I love having a capsule wardrobe. Walking into my closet and getting dressed is easier than it’s ever been. I know everything fits, I know everything mixes and matches, and it’s all my style.
What I didn’t anticipate was how simplifying my wardrobe would also simplify my shopping experience. Now when I go shopping (or browse online), I am no longer tempted to buy random items just because they are a good deal. I know exactly what I’m looking for, and what will fit with the clothes I already own.
Because most of my capsule clothes are older, I have been shopping for a few replacements. Two of my chambray shirts are falling apart, my skinny jeans have been repaired a few times, and my gray v-neck is almost see-thru (although it’s still my favorite). I love having specific items to shop for because I know I will get great use out of them when I find them.
I thought it would be fun to evaluate what I have actually worn out of my capsule, so below I’ve marked the original photo with colored dots. Green = Wear all the time. Yellow = Wear sometimes. Red = Wear never or hardly ever.
I feel like my capsule could be even smaller based on these dots. Don’t you?
Below are a few things I’ve bought over the past couple months.
I bought the shorts because we had a really hot spring and I needed an extra pair. (Here’s the link, but I found them at Nordstrom Rack for $23) The Boyjeans were something I had tried to find for a long time and finally found a pair that fit (and didn’t make me look ridiculous).
The Vans were somewhat of an impulse buy. I actually went to buy some white Converse and came out with these instead. (Oops.) But the salesman made a great point. He told me that because my wardrobe is mostly neutral, I should try to go a little crazy below the ankle sometimes. And you know what? I wear them all the time.
In less than a month, we pack up for three months in Missoula, Montana. I’m working on a summer capsule right now which will include lots of comfy, outdoorsy, and warm clothes (their summer is cooler than our spring!). I’ll be using many of the pieces I already have, taking out some of the nicer items and replacing them with more layers. I’ll post an update before we leave.
Have you thought any more about creating a capsule for yourself? I would be happy to answer any questions you might have on how to get started! You can also read my original post here – How to find your style and create a capsule wardrobe (without spending a ton of money).