Do you struggle to find clothes to wear in the morning? Do you struggle to feel put together? You need to try a wardrobe capsule! And here’s why:
Two years ago I came across an article about a wardrobe capsule and decided to give it a try. I honestly didn’t think I would like it, but we were on a tight budget and I didn’t feel like my current wardrobe was working for me. I had just had thing 3 and was in between sizes. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes I wasn’t going to be in for long. It seemed like maybe it could be my answer, but I was nervous. I love clothes. In high school a majority of my money went to clothes (yes, I wish I had saved better). I rarely got rid of clothes, they just got shoved in the back of the closet. I thought having a full closet was the way to go because I loved clothes so much…it wasn’t and I didn’t even realize why until I tried a wardrobe capsule!
I started by going through everything in my closet. Anything I didn’t love was sent to the thrift store and clothes I loved but were currently too small were put in a rubbermaid under-the-bed storage box. I was then able to see what I had left to work with and built my wardrobe capsule from there. Some of the wardrobe capsules recommend a certain number of each article of clothing. The one I had looked at recommended 37 piece wardrobe (9 shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops, 2 dresses and 2 jackets). I didn’t set a strict number and adjusted it for my needs, for example I go to church every week in a dress so I wanted more than 2 dresses in my wardrobe! I will post how to put together a wardrobe capsule in my next post.
There were several aspects of the wardrobe capsule I liked. I loved that I could go into my closet and not have to hunt down something that would fit because I only had things that fit in there! This made it so much easier to put an outfit together and cut down on the try on-discard-start over part of getting ready each morning. This also helped me feel better about my post baby body! Instead of putting on clothes that didn’t fit and then go through the whole not liking my body conversation in my head, I only had pieces I knew fit and loved and it was easier to be nice to myself because of it.
My closet was easier to keep clean. In the past clothes that didn’t fit right would often be discarded anywhere in the closet, from the shelf to the floor, anywhere it was “out of the way”. I honestly don’t know why I held on to these things or why I let them stay in the closet!
It’s so much easier to feel put together. Most of the pieces in my wardrobe capsule could go with just about all the other pieces. This helps you spend less time on trying to find something that matches because you can practically choose any top and any bottom and it will match.
Also I felt like I had a new wardrobe almost every season without changing too much or spending a ton of money. Each season I go through the clothes, pull out the clothes that were put away for another season, decide on my base pieces and then buy a few things to freshen it up!
It also allows you to make way for the pieces you love! Because you know you only wear a handful of the clothes in your closet anyway, so why are you holding on it it all?!
If you haven’t tried a wardrobe capsule I strongly recommend giving it a shot! If you are unsure and don’t want to commit to it, just box up some of your clothes and only keep the capsule pieces in your closet. Give it a try, you may end up loving it like I did!