My First Capsule Wardrobe

Have you ever opened your closet full of clothes and still felt like you had nothing to wear? How about bought something not because you liked it, but because it was inexpensive? Felt anxious getting dressed in the morning, overwhelmed by the number of choices you have? Me. Too.

I'm excited to share a project of mine that has been in the works for quite some time now. For a number of reasons, including the ones I just described, I've been in the process of curbing my spending and cultivating a small closet of clothes that I love.
I initially decided I needed a lifestyle change when I began mindlessly shopping, spending money on things I didn't need simply out of habit. I would religiously check my favorite sites' new arrivals and purchase clothing just because I could. Needless to say, I nearly emptied my bank account pretty quickly.

I had amassed a collection of clothes that I couldn't even fit in my closet, yet I still wanted more. There was always something newer available, so I kept buying even before wearing many of my newest clothes. I was dissatisfied, restless, and focused on what I didn't have rather than what I did. Ultimately, I was miserable.

That's when this idea came in: my mom expressed her concerns about my lifestyle and encouraged me to consider starting a capsule wardrobe. Initially, I wouldn't even consider it; the thought of going months with only a few articles of clothing seemed ridiculous, but--even worse--the thought of not shopping seemed impossible. But surprise, Mom was right. I spent a lot of time researching different approaches to the capsule wardrobe and ultimately identified most with that of Caroline from Un-Fancy.

Caroline takes a more casual approach. She limits her number of pieces based on what feels right and only wears one capsule per season, switching out clothes (and purchasing a few new pieces!) every three months. Additionally, she doesn't include workout or sleep wear or accessories, only everyday clothes and shoes. This actually sounded doable to me.

an outfit made of pieces from my summer capsule

Here are the "rules" I'm sticking to, from Caroline's post How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe: Pare down your clothes. Wear only these clothes for three months (a season). Don't go shopping during the season. Plan and shop for your next capsule during the last two weeks of the season. That's it!

As with any project, I began with a Pinterest board. I pulled out all of the clothes from my closet and decided which were must-haves. Then, I filled in any holes with basics that I might have forgotten, and edited even more. I eventually found a number that I thought I could work with: 35. I split my wardrobe into 7 categories, each containing 5 of that item: sleeveless tops, short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops, shorts (and a skirt), pants, dresses and jumpsuits, and shoes. My start-date was July 1st. This would give me an entire season to experiment with my new wardrobe and make any changes before the fall season began.

My hopes are pretty high for this whole thing. With curbing my mindless shopping habit, I am working on being intentional about what I buy and what I wear; I want to feel confident and inspired wearing anything I own. I hope to become more creative with my outfits as I am forced to generate new combinations of a few pieces. More than anything, I just want to be happy with a lot less; and hopefully, practicing contentment with my closet will help me translate it to other aspects of my life as well.

I have no foreseeable end date for my capsules. I'm just over a week in, and it feels entirely refreshing. You can bet I'll be posting an update at the end of the season though! And if you're interested in following along as I plan and edit my next capsule, you can visit my Pinterest board, where I already have a rough idea of what it will look like.

Below, I've linked the items that are still available and similar versions of the ones that aren't.

Sleeveless Tops

Short Sleeve Tops

Long Sleeve Tops

Shorts and Skirts


Dresses and Jumpsuits


What do you think of a capsule wardrobe? Would you ever consider trying one? (Or have you already?) I'd love to know!


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