Since starting my blog back up this year, I decided to post when I felt inspired instead of putting myself on a schedule. So as I have been pondering what I might write about next, I stumbled upon another fashion blog called un-fancy.com. This beautiful young gal named Caroline took the idea of wardrobe capsuling and put a few rules and recommendations on it and came up with what she calls the Capsule Wardrobe. Her definition is, ” It’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes.”
I don’t know why, but this concept really struck a chord with me and I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since. I think over the years of being a stylist and cleaning out closets and working with mine too, I have realized it’s really hard to find a balance of just enough to keep your wardrobe enjoyable and new and having so much that you can’t find, see or remember to wear everything in your closet. Then there is the guilt of spending too much or not wearing what you bought and as women we already beat ourselves up for so much, let’s not add this to the list. Or perhaps you are on the other end of the spectrum and find getting dressed in the morning to be very draining so you wear the same things over and over again so you don’t have to think about it.
So, I am ready to embark on this adventure and I am challenging you to do it with me. You can read all the details here and even print out a planner. I am also editing the planner for myself to add in body shape, color, personal style and accessories. I’ll let you know when I have that ready. Caroline lives in Austin, so her seasons are a little different than what we have here in CO so I have decided to start the fall capsule with the months of September, October and November. She recommends that you not only think about your weather but also write down any special events, holidays or trips you might have coming up during the quarter. Here is what I have so far:
If you have a rack like this you can use, I highly recommend it. It has been nice getting the fall pieces out so I can see them all at once, count them out and move them around. This also gives you an opportunity to see where you might have some holes and helps you make a specific shopping list with a budget. She also created a fun app called StyleBook app where you can store the photos of each piece of your capsule so you can remember outfit combinations and have it handy when shopping for accessories. I have noticed Caroline tends to be monochromatic in her wardrobe selection and brings color in with her shoes and accessories so it’s up to you on how you want to do this.
With my schedule, I can’t do this in the last week of August, which would have been a perfect time to complete my capsule, so I will instead use the first week of September to get things finished up. So I’ll be back soon with a finished list and will start posting outfits I am able to make with these 37 pieces.
I am also glad to come to your house and help you put this together. I will still do all the things I normally do in a style appointment, with color, body shape, style, etc but I’ll have my empty rack and will help you sort through your closet and leave you with a three month capsule that is perfect for you with a specific list of items needed. Just click on my “services” tab to read more about it.
See you in a few weeks ready to share and enjoy my fall capsule!