Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Intro to Natalie's Capsule Wardrobe


I have become obsessed with the idea of minimalism: fewer, better things.

At the end of August I was putting away laundry and realized I had absolutely no.more.room. My closet was literally bursting at the seams. I had hangers on my closet door knobs and my bedroom door knobs. And then I was moving stuff to the closet in another bedroom and I became overwhelmed. In taking a step back and really looking at what was in my closet, I realized that I had way too much crap. There were a lot of things in my closet that I didn't love. What's the point of having something that is just okay?

So, I did a major clear-out. Inspired by Caroline, I went through and got rid of the stuff that I don't wear, don't like or that doesn't fit. Pretty simple, no? Then I started narrowing it down. What did I purchase only because it was on sale? Does it fit? What is versatile? What's the quality of it? And anything that had a negative response was thrown out. I kept out what I love and what's seasonally appropriate. Anything else was put into storage. So now I have a rotation of items that I love and get tons of use out of.

I haven't narrowed it down quite as much as I'd like to, but like anything else, it's a work in progress. The idea is to have 4 capsules that you rotate every season and only add a few new pieces each time around. You carry over from season to season those pieces that are seasonally appropriate and that you still love. You pull some from storage and then fill in the gaps with new pieces.

After going through my closet, I looked at the gaps that needed to be filled (i.e. a plain black blouse - I mean, how have I not had one of those?) and went shopping. And for the past 3 months (September - November) I've only worn those. Since I have a professional work environment and very casual home environment, I have more pieces than Caroline has in her capsule (she has 37, I have 40). Since my wardrobe requirements change from work to home so drastically, I felt it was necessary to have a few extras. Having done a trail capsule and done it successful, I'm sharing this time around!

I've started applying this minimalistic idea to my entire life. I've narrowed down the amount of beauty products I have (except for the Sephora Beauty Insider sale - hello 20% off!), I cleared out my bookshelf of the books I know I'll never read and have realized I'm much more content with what I have. I don't struggle in the morning to get ready, I'm not overwhelmed by crap, and I feel good with what I have. I've invested in quality pieces that I know will last and they're pieces that I love! No more buying things just because they're on sale or are "in" for the season. And this has helped me define my style. I've realized I really love monochromatic looks and I like sleek lines. I like soft fabrics (silk and cashmere), but I like throwing in edgy accessories like black leather booties and hard, metal jewelry.

This has also really helped with my budgeting! I'm spending less because I'm strategically planning out what I'm going to be wearing ahead of time, so I'm not running out thinking, Oh, I need a black cardigan, and come back with way more than I intended to buy in the first place. Granted, I'm spending a big chunk of money in a two week period, but if I break it down, I end up spending less that way, than if I did doing normal shopping every few weeks. And, I'm guaranteed to love everything that I buy. Again, no more buying because it's on sale or "in". 

So that's my introduction to my capsule wardrobe! If you stuck through this post, congratulations - I know it was a long one! I'll share with you my capsule for December - February next week and I can't wait to hear what you have to say.

Have you tried the whole capsule wardrobe thing? How is it going for you? Do you have any tips to share? Leave a link below if you're blogging about yours! I'd love to see how everyone does their capsule