This weekend, I worked at putting the finishing touches on my Winter 2014 Clothing Capsule. Since this was my 2nd capsule, it came together a little easier and (I think) I did a better job a sorting and choosing this time around.
Here is the rundown:
♥ This time I chose 33 pieces and, unlike last time, I included shoes amongst my 33 items. *gasp!*
Ok, honesty time…I wrote this before I counted my pieces and counting both clothing and shoes, I have 39 items all together (33 items of clothing and 6 pairs of shoes). I tried folks, I really did..
♥ Like last time, I did not include pj’s, workout wear, undergarments, or jewelry/accessories.
♥ Because it is winter, and because I live in Ohio, and because I am always, always cold, I did not include cardigans or wrap sweaters in my capsule. Those were left in a separate drawer in my dresser and I am allowed to dive into those whenever I want. So there.
♥ I factored in outfits for most special occasions like date nights, girls nights with friends, and outfits for church. I didn’t, however, factor in outfits for those extra special occasions like weddings or banquets. I’m allowed to search my closet for those exceptions if need be. Also, I have a pink, glittery Kim Kardashian jacket that I love (don’t judge) and it is considered an honorary member of the clothing capsule. You better believe I’m putting that thing on the first chance I get!
Many people allot themselves a budgeted amount each new season to go out and shop for their capsule pieces. The idea is this: over the course of one year, you build a rock-solid capsule wardrobe for each season (summer, fall, winter and spring), which together, creates a clothing capsule that needs very little editing from year to year. One blogger I know spent $1,000 on her winter capsule wardrobe. I will not be doing that. Not that I’m knocking that sort of behavior. I would kill to go spend a grand on clothing right now.
But for me and my sad, sad wallet, I am creating my capsule wardrobe entirely out of things I already own, with two exceptions: I knew I needed a new fall-like jacket. I also really, really wanted a pair of black skinnies for my winter capsule. I allotted myself $25 for the jackets, and forfeited the skinnies since they really weren’t a need. But, lo and behold, I found the perfect jacket for $12.99 and an even more perfect pair of black skinnies also for $12.99. Thats a bingo.
I don’t want to reiterate all the reasons why I’m creating a clothing capsule, if you want you can check out my two previous post’s on the subject (already linked up above). However, I really enjoyed my Fall 2014 capsule wardrobe and I wanted to share some unexpected perks that I discovered along the way:
♥ I wore all of my favorite clothes, all the time. No more “saving” items for a special occasion and then wishing I had worn them more when they fall out of fashion. I wore them in the moment, whenever I felt like it, and enjoyed the feeling that comes from wearing something you love.
♥ I became a more creative dresser. I noticed myself actually styling my outfits. Because I only had 33 pieces to choose from, I become more adventurous in what I paired together, and I spent more time focusing on how to style my outfits (as opposed to wasting all my time on simply deciding what to wear.)
♥ I didn’t miss the clothes that were boxed up. In fact, except for a few pieces, I couldn’t really tell you what was in my boxes of clothes that weren’t being used for my current capsule.
♥ I became more satisfied with what I had. Sure, I still get giddy when I receive my weekly emails from H&M, but at the same time, I’m really happy with what I have in my closet right now. I feel confident wearing what I already have, and I’m enjoying wearing my clothes in a way that I’ve never experienced before.
♥ But perhaps the biggest take away, is that I now truly get the idea of “quality over quantity” when it comes to creating a wardrobe. I remember watching “What Not to Wear” on TLC and just cringing when Stacy and Clinton would throw away people’s entire wardrobes and then return them home with only 20-30 pieces. I was appalled, actually.
But now, I get it.I get how much better you feel when you have less clothing, but better pieces. I get how much easier it is to go into your closet that yes, might be a bit sparse, but contains only things you love, that fit well, and are in style/season. And I get the confidence you feel when, even if you only have 10 minutes to get changed and out the door, you throw together outfits that you just know are going to work. Heck, I even have time to put my lipstick on before I leave the house now! I’m telling you, this is life changing.
Less really is more.
Furthermore, I look forward to the day when I can take one full year and allot myself funds to purchase items for my clothing capsule. I can say with confidence that this experience has taught me how to curtail the impulse shopping and to instead, purchase “looks” instead of “pieces.” When that day comes, I know I’ll understand what it means to buy less items, but get more, quality outfits.
So without further ado, here is my Winter 2014 Capsule Wardrobe. No, I don’t have a fancy camera to take my photos with, just my crappy, almost no-longer-working i-phone 4, but hey, let’s just all agree that the “rusticness” of my photos is what makes this blog so charming, shall we? 😉 Enjoy.