This is not a fashion blog. I repeat: this is not a fashion blog. But I’ve been dying to tell you guys about this concept that has pretty much revolutionized the way I think about my clothes.
You know that feeling when you stare into your closet and get stressed out because no matter how many clothes you have, you can’t find anything to wear? For the longest time, that was my morning routine. Getting ready for work was a pain because my closet was all over the place and I had a love-hate relationship with clothes (mostly hate, to be honest.)
Enter the “capsule wardrobe.”
Essentially, you pare down your clothes and shoes into a curated collection of items that go with each other and that you love enough to wear for an entire season (because there’s no shopping for the next three months!)
The idea immediately hit home for me because I’d been longing to overhaul my wardrobe for a while. Plus, I’d just read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” so I was on a minimalism streak — and still am!
I went through everything I owned and got rid of the items that just didn’t make sense for me anymore, or didn’t “bring me joy” as Kondo writes. Then I selectively added a few new pieces that complemented what I had left. After the initial clear out this spring, I ended up with about 40+ items that served as a starting point and helped me identify my style: classic, with a twist.
Now for summer, I’m wearing even less! I have about 25 items that I mix and match, and the rest is in storage for future seasons and special occasions.
So what’s in my wardrobe?
Tops: White tee. White tank top. Grey tank top. Black lace blouse. Pink button-down (old). Red tee (sold out). Yellow tank. Long-sleeve blouse (old). Striped button-down (on sale!). Patterned blouse (old). Striped tee.
What I love most about this concept is that it works for anyone regardless of your gender, age or lifestyle.
It’s not about forcing yourself to live with less. It’s about freeing up space in your home and life for the things you love.
To be honest, I don’t even miss shopping that much — although I still let myself buy accessories to jazz up all these outfits. It frees up so much mental space and actually saves me a lot of money that I would have been frittering away stopping into stores and buying random things. Now, it takes me seconds to get dressed because I love everything I own — and thanks to this cool app called Stylebook, I can pre-plan tons of outfit combinations that I just choose from when I need to get dressed. Easy, right?
I’m curious – besides loungewear, how many clothing items do you own?