Plan a Capsule Wardrobe with These Resources

Planning a capsule wardrobe has become my latest obsession. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of essential clothing items that pair easily together and don’t go out of style. I’ve never had a lot of clothes, but the few clothing items I do have just never seem to work together. Fashion is not something that comes naturally to me, and I struggle so hard to put together an outfit each day. This is why I believe creating a capsule wardrobe could be the solution to my problem.

Plan a Capsule Wardrobe with These Resources

Finding clothes has become even more frustrating to me because of the limited ethical consumerism options within the fashion industry. When I actually can find ethically made clothes I like, they’re often out of my price range and/or online. I understand that ethically made clothing costs more, as it should, because they’ve paid workers fairly, but sometimes the prices make my jaw drop. I also can’t bring myself to buy clothes without trying them on first. (I know a lot of people do shop for clothes online. If you do, I’d love to hear any tips.) Secondhand is a great option, but I find it involves a lot of trips to thrift and consignment stores before there’s much success.

When I first began hearing about capsule wardrobes, I wrote them off as something I couldn’t achieve. Now, however, I feel so defeated by my closet each morning, that I am ready to give it a shot. I’ve been researching online like crazy in preparation. Here are the resources I found most useful to planning a capsule wardrobe.

Unfancy

This site is where Caroline posts outfits from her 37-piece wardrobe which she creates every season (items roll over, it’s not all new all the time). In addition the inspiration of her outfit posts, she provides an easy to follow, comprehensive guide to creating a capsule wardrobe of your own. The entire site is filled with useful tips and resources.

Project 333

Project 333 is a challenge that involves wearing only 33 pieces of clothing for 3 months. Courtney writes about how she implements this everyday, not just for the originally required 3 months. You will also find a list of 33 essential items to use for inspiration when creating your own capsule wardrobe. Again, this whole site is filled with resources. They even offer a microcourse to guide you.

Darling

Johanna wrote this post for Darling, and while it doesn’t talk specifically about having a capsule wardrobe, she does discuss minimizing the amount of clothing she has. This post is focused more on creating a conscious closet through ethical consumerism. There are so many tips and resources for ethical shopping.

Houe for Five

Deme runs this blog which mostly focuses on DIY house projects and family life. This post, however, is about how she created a 30-piece wardrobe. She writes about her experience, shopping guidelines, and tips for staying on track. I particularly like the detailed graphic she has made to depict her minimal wardrobe list.

After going through these resources I am feeling more prepared to take on the challenge of a capsule wardrobe. I want to experience the benefits of having a simple and intentional style with an ease for putting together an outfit I can feel good in. I’m excited to get going on it, however, I do plan to take my time building capsule wardrobe to spread out the financial cost of purchasing the staple items I’m missing. I also do not intend to follow any rigid system of “rules.” The capsule wardrobe concept is just a guideline I want to follow to bring more minimalism, intention, simplicity, and contentment into my life. Oh, and a sense of style wouldn’t hurt either.

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Would you consider having a capsule wardrobe?

 

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11 Comment

  1. Reply
    Gill
    September 21, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi Grace, I love the idea of capsule wardrobes too, but for quite a different reason, I think I have too many clothes, because I love them so much and I try to cut down but then worry that I will regret getting rid of items which I then will need and want. The seasons seem to be getting more and more extreme weather wise, so you always need lots of options. I can however help you out with advice on buying 2nd hand….The trick of it is to find out what size you are at your favourite ethical brands and then look for those on eBay.com and vinted.com (both of which you can set up searches for so you get email notifications when new items are listed) Hope this helps. ATB Gill 🙂

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      Grace
      September 21, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Haha, oh no. All those “just in case” clothes are hard to part with too. That’s a great idea for the online/second hand shopping. Thanks for the tip! Getting the email notifications would be ideal.

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    Karin Rambo
    September 21, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Grace! Great post. I also heavily relied on Unfancy and Project 333. I think it’s great that you’re starting to think about this! I always say that Capsules don’t have to be perfect to work. I’d love to hear your progress as you continue on with it. Thanks for sharing!

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      Grace
      September 21, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks for checking out the post and for your encouragement. 🙂

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    Sue
    September 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I have been researching this too and have found good examples of “capsule” wardrobes by Light by Coco and Hello Cathy and the Daily Connoisseur on Youtube. They have all been doing it for several capsules so you can see the changes from season to season and year to year. They are also good at explaining the challenges that they experienced along the way.

    Hello Cathy recently had a video with a different approach by pretending that all of your clothes are gone and you have to start all over. With pen and paper, list the must have items that you would need in your life as it is now. Then see what pieces on the list are already in your wardrobe. She said that is where the exercise was really helpful. She found that she was missing two pieces from her imaginery list.

    Good luck!

    1. Reply
      Grace
      September 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Wow, thanks for all the suggestions. I will definitely check them out. I would not have thought to look on YouTube for capsule wardrobe inspiration. That exercise from Hello Cathy sounds like it would be very enlightening. Good luck on your capsule wardrobe journey!

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    Sue
    September 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Grace, if you travel and need to pack for air travel, or even road trips, you might also be sure to check out Light by Coco’s packing videos. She uses Eagle Creek packing cubes and it is amazing how she is able to pack so much in a small suitcase or backpack.

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    Karalane
    September 23, 2015 at 8:12 am

    “TheVivienneFiles.com” is one of my favorite resources for creating capsule wardrobes. Janice offers several different approaches so you can choose the one which one works best for your lifestyle, including Project 333, “mini” 4×4 capsules, a small common wardrobe of neutral basics, and a phenomenally useful Starting from scratch” series http://www.theviviennefiles.com/p/starting-from-scratch.html.

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      Grace
      September 23, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Oh, wow! I love how that starting from scratch series is so broken down into little steps and chunks. I’m looking forward to digging into it more. Thank you for passing it along!

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    Gabi
    October 19, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Hello! The intro to this post describes exactly how I feel right now! Good luck with your wardrobe – I hope you go through with it and enjoy it. I still need to decide whether I’ll take the plunge – somehow I’ve failed every time I tried to overhaul my wardrobe before :/

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      Grace
      October 19, 2015 at 8:42 am

      It’s a frustrating situation, eh? I’ve also considered the “uniform” style of dressing. I don’t know if you’ve looked into that at all. I wish you luck in getting your closet organized into something useful as well.

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