How To Curate A Capsule Wardrobe – #2: Nerd Alert List Time!

Okay…so we’ve purged our closets, we’ve sorted the items into piles, and we’re ready for the next step in curating our capsule wardrobe!  This next one is a bit like doing homework…but like the MOST fun homework ever!  😂  I’m not going to reinvent the wheel (at least not right now… 😏), so I’m going to share with you the amazing capsule wardrobe planner I’ve used for years, and then we’re going to talk about how to move forward to actually choosing your capsule items!

I have to tell you, this is one of my very favorite parts of putting together my capsules…ORGANIZATION and PLANNING!!  🤓  Told ya.  Nerd alert.  I don’t even care.  It feels so good to have a plan, to know what I’m doing, to have a budget worked out, to know all the things!  Using the free capsule wardrobe planner from the Un-Fancy blog, I get started on each season’s capsule.  It is an amazingly well thought out and easy to use tool so that you don’t feel awkward and overwhelmed trying to figure out how to define your style with only a tiny number of clothes.  This planner maps it all out for you, and, by the end, you come away knowing what you love, what makes you happy and feel beautiful, and what you still need in order to complete your capsule!

Like I said, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel when Caroline Joy of has already compiled such an AWESOME (and free!) capsule wardrobe planner!  Y’all…go check this chick out.  She is totally my inspiration for living the capsule wardrobe lifestyle, and I’m so grateful my bestie Katie introduced the Un-Fancy blog to me years ago!

Some of my favorite sections in the planner are:
– A lifestyle pie chart so you can see exactly what types of clothes you need (i.e. are you in biz mode most of the time, or are you in casual mode?)
– Color planner: you map out your major colors that showed up in your “Love love love it” pile, along with some accent colors so you can curate a coordinating wardrobe that will come together easily every single time.  (For example, this time around, my main colors ended up being denim and whites/creams, and then my accent colors were soft pinks, soft blues and cognac leather.)
– Nailing down the go-to pieces and go-to outfits…this REALLY helps reveal your style to see on paper what you consistently reach for in your closet.  So helpful!

Something to avoid: the Shopping List and Budget sections…I’ll tell ya why.

In my experience, everything about this awesome planner makes sense, except I always got stuck at the end when I’d hit the section on final shopping lists and budgets.  It still felt like, ummmmm?  Really?  I’m ready to finalize NOW?  I get that this section helps wrap up the Un-Fancy capsule planner, but, in my own experience, I think there are a few more (easy!) steps before feeling confident enough to finalize a shopping list and hit the stores for those final pieces you need to complete the wardrobe (if any).
Want to know my method and the next (way fun!!) step…?
Stick around–the next post in the Cotton Stem Capsule Series is headed your way!

Want to see more behind the scenes and some outfit inspo?
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And if you missed Part #1 of the series, click here to get started!

STEP 1 – Purge + Pile
STEP 2 – Nerd Alert List Time
STEP 3 – Fashion Show
STEP 4 – How Pinteresting
STEP 5 – Pull It Together, Girl!

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  1. Lisette

    March 11th, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    This is so awesome this is a new concept to me I just learned the term a few months ago and I was intrigued! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! 🖤

  2. Erin Kern

    March 11th, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Oh yay, so happy to have you along for the ride!!

  3. Cici

    March 12th, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I love this! I will definitely have to get serious about not buying so many clothes! Ah! Especially now that we’re done having babies, and I’m older and wiser (I hope…) I need to start investing in good quality pieces. I’m staying tuned!
    P.s. I need that threshold quilt! It’s been on my cart online for over a month! 🙊 My bedroom is lacking in the pretty bedding department!

  4. Erin Kern

    March 12th, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Oh I know, my body has been all kinds of sizes and shapes these last years of baby makin’…I feel ya!! 😉

  5. Katie Jones

    March 12th, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I can not WAIT to give this a try when I’m out of maternity clothes! Don’t think in need to put all these stretchy pants in my capsule! Hope not anyway… 😬

  6. Erin Kern

    March 12th, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Hey, just count your maternity wardrobe as a capsule…boom. Done!! 😉

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