I'm going to start off this post by saying that I, in no way, think I'm the best person to give advice on fashion. I do love clothes and online shopping is my jam. However, I've struggled for years identifying my own personal style and creating a wardrobe that works for me.
Like most women (and some men!.. namely my husband), I would stand in my closet each morning before work or going out in the evening and say "I have nothing to wear!". Meanwhile, two closets in my house were brimming with clothes and I was hard pressed to close the drawers of my two dressers.
Bottom line, I simply wasn't a good shopper.
I didn't plan.
I bought more out of want than need.
I was impulsive.
I didn't look after my clothes.
Frankly, I was overwhelmed.
I came across the blog UnFancy which shares the concept of a capsule wardrobe. One post in and I was hooked. It was really an ah-ha moment for me. The more I read about it, the more I felt like it was describing me and what I was searching for in a wardrobe.
So what exactly is a wardrobe capsule? You can read more about it here but essentially it's creating a mini wardrobe of versatile pieces that you really love to wear. Makes sense, right? Absolutely. But getting there is the real battle. Whether you like your clothes or not, getting rid of them is really, really hard. It almost feels like throwing away money.
I went through all my clothes and sorted them into four piles.
- give away
What started out as stressful became quite liberating and enjoyable (almost addicting!). Surprisingly, what was left hanging in my closet, was something I'd been searching for all along - my personal style in a nutshell.
- Comfortable (If it's not comfortable, I won't wear it or only wear it once)
- Neutral (black, grey, beige, cream, white) with a few pops of color
- Soft breathable fabrics and some denim
That being said, I am still working on my wardrobe. It takes time to find things that you love, fit well, wash well, and work with the rest of your wardrobe. It's not for everyone but I shop mostly online. I personally prefer to try things on at home, read reviews and find I get better better deals than in store.
Again, I'm not here to give fashion advice but some friends and coworkers have heard about my attempt at creating a capsule wardrobe and asked me to share my experience. It's really the best feeling to open your closet door and feel great about wearing anything I see hanging there. I'm down to using one closet and half a dresser! The only time that I feel like I have no clothes is when I'm behind on my laundry.
While I'm at it, I also thought I'd share some of my favorite pieces that are on repeat. I'm quite selective when shopping and these are pieces that I find versatile and comfortable. As you can see, I'm a very casual dresser.
Obviously I have an unhealthy obsession with Aritzia. I love the style of their clothes and the soft fabrics. I could get lost in the website for hours. A disclaimer... I kept almost ALL my dresses. I love them all and decided it would be the one thing I'd let go. Also, the capsule wardrobe does not include workout clothes and pyjamas, although I definitely dwindled those piles as well in the process.
Have any of you attempted a capsule wardrobe? I'm totally curious to hear about your experience. If not, is it something you'd like to try?