How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe Like A Mother

So I know I’ve talked about creating a capsule wardrobe in the past, but things have taken a serious and exciting turn in the wardrobe department. Namely, I gave up my glorious, walk-in closet with the built in shoe rack and shelves to house something much more precious than clothing – my little girl.

So my closet is now Bea’s room, which meant it was time to get down to business on this whole capsule wardrobe thing. In the past, I would just pack up whatever didn’t make it into the current season’s capsule and store it in my closet. That, is no longer an option. Not to mention the fact that I was starting to feel physically oppressed by the shear volume of stuff. I had all these things that were still in great shape but belonged to a different me who did different things. A me that no longer exists. Their daily presence in my life just stressed me out. It was time to go.IMG_5748

Bea’s new room. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts as we turn this space into a sweet little bedroom!

Many people create a seasonal capsule, each containing 33 pieces. I’m attempting to do one mother of a capsule and get it under 100 items (around 70, ideally). This is  partially a result of my need to purge, and partially logistical as I now have a very small but cool space for my clothes. IMG_5752

wardrobe rack found here

This go around, I did two things differently that really helped me scale back. One, I piled all my clothes -ALL OF THEM- in the living room floor and went through them at once. This included all seasonal items, coats, shoes – everything. Two, I went through things as quickly as possible. That’s right, no stopping to get too over analytical on it; if I didn’t immediately feel down to my toes an “oh, I just love this!” sort of feeling, or if I knew I hadn’t worn it in forever because it didn’t fit me or my style – out it went. Gone! See ya! Wouldn’t wanna be ya!

I’ll be honest, it was kind of a scary, reckless sort of feeling, but once it was all said and done and I saw how huge my give away pile was I felt so F R E E !

Here’s the thing. I am a mom, but I have many interests and I do many things. I don’t do t-shirts (like the kind you wear in school) and I don’t own sweat pants. I love skirts. I like to wear my hippie vintage just as much as I love my preppy stripes. I go just as crazy for a skull and bones tank as I do for my floral peplum.


Sometimes all that variety can make it hard to get dressed in the morning. One thing that helped me narrow my clothing focus was to go through this Wardrobe Planner from un-fancy. This planner asked me questions like “What color do you love yourself in?” and “what are the brands of your favorite pieces?”.

After filling out this planner, I realized that:

I love myself in skirts, so I need to wear skirts.

I love myself in navy, hunter green, and black, so I need to wear those colors.

I don’t love myself in shorts, so I need to get rid of most of my shorts.

I don’t love myself in my dressy business clothes (they don’t fit my life anymore), so I need to get rid of a good majority of them.

I hate myself in capris and haven’t worn them in years SO WHY DO I STILL OWN FIVE PAIRS???

Basically, I came away with a renewed sense of self. I am a stay at home mom, but I’m still me. So I need to dress like me.

This helped me formulated my “uniform.” Like I said, I don’t do sweatpants and t-shirts, but I also don’t go to an office each day. I need to keep clothes in my capsule that represent my style while still fitting my lifestyle.

Here is what I came up with:IMG_5726

Gap high waisted jeans // H&M basic tees // Vans

This is my stay at home mom uniform. On a daily basis when I’m at home, going for walks, grocery shopping, or grabbing coffee, I don’t need to think too much as long as I have these items at my fingertips. I love them, they fit, and I like how they look on me.

This doesn’t mean that I will only wear these items. I’ve factored enough pieces into my clothing capsule to keep things fun and interesting, it just helps to have a go-to look for busy days/weeks.IMG_5729

Top: H&M basic tees, Bottom: Gap tees (except far right, Little Addi)

What does the rest of my clothing capsule look like? I plan on showing you looks from my capsule from time to time, but I don’t think I’ll do one long post with every item. I’d rather show you how I’m putting things together and making it work, to keep it more interesting and functional for you.

I still have a lot of work left to do. My goal is to get my total number of clothing items down to under 70, and I’m having a hard time getting below 100 (You dang comfy sweaters! Why can’t I part with youuuuu?) There are even a few items that I’ve held back for my capsule wardrobe that I’ve already decided will need to go if I haven’t worn them in the next month. It’s a process, and I still have a long way to go.

But I’m getting there.

I did tuck away a few of my favorite pieces from by-gone days to pass down to Bea. She can play dress up in my fancy cocktail dresses or she can enjoy my only pair of designer shoes that will by that time surly be vintage gold. Either way, I wanted to have a few things for her to look through and be like, “Mom, you wore that!?”

That will be fun.

In case you are new to the clothing capsule game, here are a few basics:

-the idea behind a capsule is to a) eliminate excess and to b) create an ease and cohesiveness to your “look.”

-you only include items in your capsule that fit your body, your lifestyle, and your budget. Annnd, that you love yourself in. (That’s a biggie.)

-you are allowed to shop for items that fill a void in your capsule wardrobe. For example, I purchased the H&M tees and the Vans after filling out my wardrobe planner and determining my uniform.

-your capsule wardrobe doesn’t include your pj’s, underwear, or your workout clothes. However, I will say that I went through everything and found it so incredibly freeing to get rid of ratty items! ALSO One byproduct of this is that you give yourself permission to buy things you actually need. For example, if I throw out my ratty bras then it will force me to buckle down and go bra shopping already.

-once you’ve created your capsule wardrobe, the goal is to not shop, except to replace items within the capsule. This means you don’t purchase things because they are a good deal, you purchase things because you need it and it’s an item that will bring you great joy to look at.

Less stuff, more joy.

Thanks for reading today and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my capsule wardrobe journey. I’d love to hear your feedback and stories of your own capsule experience! IMG_5727


6 thoughts on “How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe Like A Mother

  1. Awesome! I do seasonal capsules because it helps me keep my clothes shopping under control. I like having a smaller wardrobe and only keeping pieces I love to wear! Good luck with your capsule building! It sounds like you are off to a great start!

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I just love the simplicity of the basic tees and a great pair of jeans. And the black Vans are not only comfortable, they look cute too ;-). Keep me updated on what you come up with!

    • Thanks Jenny! I agree, when you keep things simple is makes getting dressed so much easier. This doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be boring, it just means you only keep things you know work for you! I love knowing that when I look at my clothes, everything fits and I like how it looks. It makes getting ready so much easier (and fun)!

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