My first capsule wardrobe

I started this blog with the intention of building a collection of things that inspire me – namely interior decor, beautiful architecture and delicious yet simple food.

I had (and still have) aspirations of feeding my design urges via this little blog, and someday getting my hands dirty – literally – learning the ropes of decorating homes, offices and event spaces.

But underlying my interest in all of those things is really a basic desire to live a simpler life, which is where the minimalist movement comes in, and thus the capsule closet.

To think of myself as a minimalist is laughable. I am a hoarder, a mess, a thrift shopper, a sale rack monster and a procrastinator. Yet deep down inside, there is a Type A, OCD, yoga-practicing, organized zen mama screaming to get out. We argue multiple times a day, and shit is getting real. So I’ve decided to give her some love and let her do her thing. We are exercising more routinely, trying to clean up after ourselves, buying local and USA made goods, and attempting to dress more like a grown-up nearing age 30. She is winning more and more arguments, and she’s wanting a simpler life. So here my capsule challenge is born.

It really is the perfect time to start a capsule wardrobe. I have a new job that is great for many, many reasons – one of those reasons being that I can wear anything I want. Gone are the Ann Taylor pencil skirts and unflattering blazers that were part of my uniform the first 5 years of my professional life – yay! Gone also are the numerous pairs of pants that somehow didn’t fit after moving to Texas and regularly indulging in tacos and beer. Whoopsies!

I have embarked on several closet purges over the past six months, including using the KonMari method to sort out and donate unwanted and unloved clothing. Yet I still feel like I have too much, and that I truly could be happy wearing only a small percentage of the items in my closet. More on that in a later post.

I’m not going to document the rules & how-to’s here because I am no expert. But I WILL direct you to a few experts who have inspired me – Courtney Carver of Project333, Caroline Rector of Unfancy and Harben Porter of HarbenPorter.com. Thanks, ladies!

So let’s get this party started! Here are my 38 items:

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  • 4 short-sleeve tees
  • 2 long-sleeve tees
  • 1 gingham button-down
  • 1 sleeveless floral blouse
  • 1 short-sleeve silk blouse
  • 2 tank tops
  • 2 short sleeve sweaters
  • 3 camisoles
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 kimono
  • 1 drapey vest
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 3 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pair of black pants (not pictured)
  • 2 dresses
  • 1 romper
  • 8 pairs of shoes

Thoughts on obeying the rules

The ladies I referenced above have some great guidelines for creating a capsule wardrobe. I’ve stuck with most of them and feel pretty good about my choices. I may have too many tops and not enough pants/skirts, but we will see how this goes.

Down to the nitty/gritty of what’s included and some scenarios I might face. Most capsule experts seem to agree that you should not count workout clothes, pajamas, swimwear, etc. as part of your capsule wardrobe, so I haven’t. That being said, I work in a very casual office and have occasionally worn yoga pants to work. Those aren’t accounted for in my capsule, and I’m just going to try not to do it.

As for outerwear, thankfully it’s summer in Texas so I don’t need much in the way of jackets or boots. But if I need to wear my rain jacket or rubber boots, I probably will. And if I go out two-stepping I will probably break out the cowboy boots… sue me.

Accessories. I alternate between 5 or 6 different purses and tote bags, and have not accounted for those here. But I did put a couple away so I really only have 4 to choose from. My other accessories include a couple scarves, a belt, and maybe a baseball cap on a bad hair day. And of course a healthy dose of jewelry for each outfit.

Where to go from here?

Most capsule experts plan their wardrobes according to the season, one capsule for winter (Jan-Mar) and so on. I’m kicking my summer capsule off tomorrow and will wear these items thru the end of September.

I will not make any clothing purchases until mid-August, when I start planning my fall capsule. However I will allow myself to break this rule if I find a pair of Birkenstock sandals on sale, because I just need them.

There are so many other things I want to talk about, including closet organization, the things I’ve gotten rid of over the past 6 months, and how capsule wardrobes play a role in a zero-waste lifestyle. But I won’t dive into that quite yet. Stay tuned…

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