It’s January and that means Capsule #2 has begun for the winter season. This has been a much more pleasant experience with my capsule already being semi-full of cozy winter wear and only needing to “refresh” this time instead of starting from scratch. We have also had the added benefit of end of year sales as the stores prepare for their new 2015 spring line.
Aubrey and I will share our capsule contemplations at the bottom of this post but one thing that happens as you stay within the confines of your 37 pieces is you develop what I call “style habits”. For me this season it has been monochromatic dressing. I don’t know if I’ve always done this but just haven’t noticed or whether it’s something new, but it is definitely something I have grown quite fond of and will continue with capsule #2. So, here I am in one of my new fav’s, dressing in winter whites:
Monochromatic dressing tips – be sure to mix texture, pattern and layers or you will be boring instead of unique and don’t be afraid to choose other colors. Mixing shades of gray is my second favorite. (In this photo I am wearing top #7, leggings #8+ and shoes #5. Scarf is from Anthropolgie and ivory slip is from Nordstrom Rack)
BOTTOMS – 1, 2, 5, 6 nordstromrack.com 3 evereve.com 4, 7 CAbi old, 8+ freepeople.com
Feel free to call me out on my patterned leggings. I’m not sure how to categorize them. They are NOT PANTS (hint hint you young things out there) but more like accessories for me. Kind of like adding a scarf. So for now they are in the category of pants 8+.
I’ll wrap up with our thoughts so far, hoping that it will make this idea a little more intriguing if you have been considering it for the new year:
Thoughts from Aubrey, 20-something, full time working young professional…
Refreshing: I literally have a whole new closet and finally feel excited to go pick something out or pack for a trip. However, I don’t think it will be something I do multiple times a year. I really feel like making a capsule wardrobe is a great way to refresh yourself and your closet. If you feel like you’ve lost your style, are overwhelmed by old clothes you wear, or just feel like you want to freshen your look, but you don’t know what to buy in order to do so, capsuling is the best way to jump start. It forced me to figure out what my style was (which I really needed in the transition to young working life), it helped me clear out so many items I was holding onto since college, and let me see what I was missing in my closet!
My de-stresser: The main reason I won’t be doing this every quarter is because shopping is my de-stresser. I like the feeling of adding 1 or 2 new things to my closet every month. BUT, now because of capsuling, I feel more of the need to give clothes away or sell them as I add new stuff in order to keep my closet uncluttered.
Budget: I would rather have a budget spread out into every month that allows me to shop every once in a while then save and spend it all at once every three months.
Thoughts from Missy, 50-something, part time working,
old wise mom…
Comfort: I have noticed I migrate towards my comfy outfits when getting ready in the morning so I tried to keep that in mind as I added new pieces this time around. Case in point…I have a new found obsession with patterned knit leggings. (see photo #8+) They add so much interest to an otherwise boring outfit and are so comfortable.
Restriction: I have come to appreciate the restriction in 37 pieces and seen the benefits of a simpler closet that forces me to wear what I have and get creative mixing it up.
Freedom: With the restriction has come more freedom. More freedom to be picky in my purchases, to spend a little more on something I know I’ll love and wear a lot and to be free of shopping in between capsules.
Too much: to my surprise I did not wear all 37 pieces in my first capsule. I had several pairs of shoes and several tops that never got touched, some still with tags, so out they went as I prepared for capsule #2. I was so worried it wouldn’t be enough. Who knew? In light of that, I am not using all 15 slots available for my tops quite yet and will keep my options open.
Here is the formula reminder:
9 pairs of shoes
= 37 pieces total
Do you think you can do it? I know you can. And it’s a great time of year to try new things. Let me know if you need any help or suggestions. We’re here for you!
XO missy and aubrey