Have you heard about capsule wardrobes yet?
I stumbled across the website, “UnFancy” first. The blogger, Caroline Rector, is sadly on sabbatical.
Why do I want a capsule wardrobe? I live a pretty simple, boring life. I am in workout clothes pretty much every day, as my schedule usually consists only of driving to school, going to the gym, driving back to school, and maybe a baseball practice a couple of times a week. My social life would be occasional meals out, church, baseball tournaments, football games, the grocery store, school meetings, the flea market, and my cellist son’s concerts and recitals.
I was so excited for the first few cool mornings…and then I tried to find something to wear! I am not really in need of an extensive wardrobe, but I do like to look put together when I actually do go out in public!
In the words of Rector, a capsule wardrobe is “a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear.” Each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter), you clear your closet except for a set number of pieces to be in your capsule wardrobe. Rector’s golden number is 37 items, but it varies by season. Your capsule collection is made up of a combination of items you already own and love to wear, as well as new, quality items that you can shop for once a season.
According to Unfancy, a capsule wardrobe represents more time, more money, and more energy for the things in life that really matter (aka not your clothes). By shopping only once a season, you save money on frivolous items that add up. Rector also says that by narrowing her wardrobe, she was actually able to define and understand her style more. Plus, she always feels like she has something great to put on, as every single item hanging in her closet is something she would love to wear right at that moment.
5 STEPS TO BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE
Rector has a five-step approach to building your own capsule wardrobe.
- Pare down your closet to 37 items.
- Wear only those 37 items for three months.
- Don’t go shopping during the season until…
- During the last two weeks of the season, plan and shop for your next capsule.
5. The amount you buy for the next capsule is up to you, but less is more.
HOW I BUILT MY CAPSULE WARDROBE
I have two closets, side by side. I usually use one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter.
I have now gone through both of them, and made my four piles, LOVE IT, MAYBE, NOPE and SEASONAL. I made a big trip to Goodwill with my “nope” pile, and placed everything from my “maybe” pile and my “seasonal” pile in one closet, and my “starter capsule wardrobe” in the other.
I then made myself a worksheet, and started planning my “dream wardrobe.” You know, like if I had to start from scratch, what I would want. This is for all seasons, not just fall. Here is what it looked like…you can click on the picture to download it.
This formula is not written in stone…I am not sure that the 15-9-9-2-2 formula is going to work for me. I actually have a lot less bottoms, and more tops. The important thing is to have things that you love, and that you can mix and match. Like Garanimals! Just find a way that works for you!
Caroline Rector has one on “UnFancy” and here is the one I made. You can click the picture to download it!
You can also check out Project 333 and The Vivienne Files, or go to Pinterest and search for “capsule wardrobes” and “french wardrobes.”
Project 333 has a great planning tool here!
I love the Polyvore app! You can go in and build your wardrobe…it is kind of like paper dolls! I am putting my in process Fall Wardrobe from Polyvore down below.
Are you going to try a capsule wardrobe?