Influenced by a multitude of bloggers and vloggers, I’ve decided to give the capsule wardrobe thing a whirl..
The whole idea came from this video by Vivianna Does Makeup of her own capsule wardrobe with a link to the blog, Unfancy , and I found myself becoming more and more intrigued by the whole idea of having a finite number of clothing items per season. I researched it more, and it took me the best part of three months to commit to one set of clothes, that for the most part all work together, for the remainder of the ‘season’. But a week or so into this experiment, and I couldn’t be more pleased!
There were a couple of key factors that drove me to make the change. The first was that there was just so much stuff in my wardrobe that it was cluttered and unorganized, messy and almost painful for me to look at. The second was that there were certain items that I continually pulled out of my wardrobe and others that I barely touched (some to do with seasons [I’m not wearing shorts in a Massachusetts winter..!] and some to do with clothes that I just don’t like [I’ll give these away to charity soon).
Once I’d decided to commit, the process was fairly quick (for me anyway). I pulled out my wardrobe one Sunday evening and chose a number – I picked 40. This was the number of clothing items I’d allow myself in my wardrobe (shoes included). I think I actually ended up with about 42, so that’s not too bad. I decided to split it about two-thirds to one-third ‘smart’/day to casual with a further split of roughly one-quarter of each section being taken up with bottoms (skirts/trousers/jeans/leggings), one-quarter allocated to sweaters/cardigans and the remaining half to t-shirts/shirts/blouses. All in all, I think I did fairly well. Oh, obviously underwear, pjs and gym gear isn’t included in this or else I’d be in the Laundromat every other day…
So what is actually in my current wardrobe..?
A lot of stripes…seriously. Instead of giving you a run-down of every item I’ll show you a few of my favorite pieces..
The classic white shirt. This one’s from Marks and Spencer and I love it. In fact, I love it so much that I have the blue and white striped and the red version of this shirt… But, the cut is great, the quality is great & it’s a wardrobe essential, right?!
The dress-up, dress-down origami cat shirt. This is from a French store called Pimkie, and I picked this up in Strasbourg last year. It’s fun, but can work as a smart or casual top. I’ve worn it to work in before (back when I used to be an admin assistant..), but then the other day, I teamed it with some jeans, a black cardigan and my knee-high boots for a super cute, casual outfit.
The basic, high-waisted jeans. These are by Bullhead @ PacSun and these were part of a Black Friday deal (I think it was buy one get one free on their denim). I’m desperately trying to find a black pair in this style now as these are just so comfy!
The knee-high black suede boots. These are from Macy’s, and I think I bought them on Black Friday too, actually. Oh, and I love them. A lot. I wear them almost every day because they go with everything. As in, jeans, leggings, skirts, smart, casual, you name it.
Ironically, considering my whole wardrobe is basically stripes, there are no stripes mentioned in my top items…
So there it is, a brief run-down in how I created my capsule wardrobe. Let’s see how this goes!