Considering a Capsule Wardrobe


My collection of scarves is about to get smaller.

One of the biggest challenges I’ve had in the past, with every place I’ve lived in, was closet space being too small for my liking.   Even with an added dresser, I’ve always had trouble putting (squeezing/squishing) everything away… and still, SOMEHOW, I was constantly thinking that I had “NOTHING TO WEAR!”

Too many clothes, yet nothing to wear?  How can this be??

I’ve been thinking about this issue for several months now, and have finally decided to take on a huge challenge: The Capsule Wardrobe.  This term ‘capsule wardrobe’ was coined in the 70s by a London shop owner named Susie Faux.  Donna Karan later created a collection called “Seven Easy Pieces”, which catapulted the idea into popularity.

The basic definition of a capsule wardrobe is a small collection of staple pieces that work well with each other.  The collection typically consists of 30 items or fewer (including shoes and accessories.)  You can buy a few new pieces each year, but the idea is to build a streamlined wardrobe of timeless, high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time – and not to mention, save you money and closet space!

Caroline Rector of Un-Fancy re-introduced the trend of the capsule wardrobe a couple of years ago, and she explains it so well:

“To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.”

Having less laundry is a huge motivation (it’s a mom’s dream!), but what I really want is for my closet to be filled with ONLY the things I will truly wear, and obviously, the big picture: to own less.

The capsule wardrobe challenge has started.  I’ve started REALLY pairing down my closet and donating the items that have been collecting dust (I put “really” in all caps because I’ve literally done at least 3 closet purges in the past 9 months.  How is it that I keep finding stuff I don’t use?  UGH.)  I’m leaning toward having two capsules: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.  This would allow me to set aside items when they are out of season.  I’d keep each wardrobe (including shoes and accessories) to fewer than 30 pieces, there will be likely be overlap between the two collections.  I’ll keep you posted… Stay tuned!

BY THE WAY…  While this is on my mind, I want to say a few things:

When I started this 20mugs journey last summer, I had no idea where things would lead or how I would grow.  I felt an itch to make certain changes and knew that blogging along the way would hold me accountable to the challenge – because this sort of thing is NOT easy!  It takes a daily commitment and serious discipline.  Sometimes I liken it to when people attempt a lifestyle of a healthier eating.  It’s so easy to fall back into old habits, do what’s most comfortable, pretend like you never made that difficult commitment – and even EASIER if you don’t tell anyone about it.   I didn’t want my desires to fall by the wayside, and I have to say I am SO proud of myself thus far.  I’m not a traditionalist minimalist by any means, but I’m working my way toward a healthier lifestyle where LESS truly is MORE.

I want to thank everyone who has been keeping up with my blog, encouraging me and letting me know whenever I have inspired them.  It’s so rewarding for me to know I have good company on this long road.  Let’s keep taking those baby steps.  We can do it!!


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