Let me just tell you something, y’all.
As silly as it may sound, capsule wardrobes have changed my life.
I know, I know, it’s a tad dramatic, but let me explain! Picture this scenario:
It’s a school day, and you’re already rushing around a tad late, stopping to scoop up discarded sippy cups and socks, swirling around to change diapers and unclog the kids’ toilet for the seventy billionth time, hoping against hope that your first grader can independently find her missing left shoe, all the while wondering if you still have on the same underwear as the day before…or maybe the day before that. 🙈 You sneak away for a luxurious whole five minutes, run to your closet determined to look like a real live human woman this time, extend a cereal bar-encrusted hand to reach for a cute outfit…aaaaaaaand NOTHING. Nothing comes to mind! What to wear? What still fits? What do I even like myself in anymore? Where was that one pair of jeans I used to love? How is it possible to have a closet filled to the brim and STILL never be able to pull together an outfit I love in a short amount of time?!
Been there, man.
If this reminds you in any way of your daily routine, I’m telling you…a capsule wardrobe will completely change how you get ready for your day. It’s a little bit of work up front to save you a TON of effort and energy in the long run, leaving you feeling cute, comfortable and put together in no time flat…so if you are interested in curating your own capsule for spring, stick around! We’ll be walking through the process of starting from scratch step by step together over the next few weeks! I’ll share with you my own process of curating a capsule wardrobe, some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, and I’ll link sources to some of my favorite items and shops!
So….ready to start?!
Let’s get going with the first and, honestly, the most satisfying step of all:
THE GREAT PURGE AND PILE!
Are we ready?! So the first step is to get your hands dirty, dive into that bursting-at-the-seams closet and start THE PURGE! It feels SO GOOD to clean out the closet. Oh man. 🙌🏻 Now listen: it’ll take a little bit of time, so pour a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, turn on Pandora to the best station of all (French Cooking Music…ahhh soothing ), and start to sort!
What I did when I first began my capsule journey was sort things into three piles:
1. Love love love it
2. Kinda like it, I think
It’s for sure a balancing act; you don’t want to go nuts and donate all your clothes in one fell swoop, but you also need to resist the urge to do what I used to do…hold on to things because “maybe someday in five years it’ll possibly maybe be back in style and possibly fit me again…maybe.” 😉 A good rule of thumb as you purge and pile is to consider if you’ve actually reached for that item in the past year. If not, it’s probably not one of your very favorites for some reason: fit, fabric, color, style, etc. If you JUST CAN’T part with it right away, put it in the “kinda like it, I think” pile, and revisit later.
As your “Love love love it” pile starts to take shape, pay attention to which items you deem most lovable:
-What kind of fabric are they made from?
-Which type of lifestyle do they fit? Do you dress more professional for the office or more casual?
-How do these items make you feel? You must feel good in them if you love them, so why?
-What colors or color groups seem to call to you the most?
-Are you keeping things you hope to love someday or things you love right now?
After you’ve finished purging and piling your items, bag up the donations, toss the worn out pieces, and hang up what’s left over by season…that will get you ready for the next step in curating your capsule wardrobe!
Stay tuned for step number two coming this week! Be sure to follow along (links below!) on my crazy @cottonstem account on Instagram for a few more tips on capsule wardrobes, and check out my Pinterest feed for outfit inspo ideas!