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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.A capsule wardrobe can bring more minimalism, intention, simplicity, and contentment into your life. Click To Tweet
Would you consider having a capsule wardrobe?