Capsule Wardrobe

Imagine not shopping for any items for your wardrobe for three entire months.

If this seems easy, then I salute you. As a constant thrifter, I’m checking everything out, mostly to resell. I encounter so many items on an almost daily basis that it gets overwhelming.

After undergoing phase one of The Purge (link to my last entry), I’ve needed to remind myself that things don’t equal happiness. Clothing, makeup, otherwise.

Enter the concept of capsule wardrobes!

I’ve heard the term fairly recently. Random but eventually related (like everything in my Gemini brain!), I was perusing some links yesterday related to freelance and technical writing.

Down the rabbit hole I went and found Caroline and Un-Fancy on the web.

According to Caroline,

It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.

For Unfancy purposes, it’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes.

You should read her posts about year one and year two.

Occasionally I’ll come across some amazing pieces while thrifting that I absolutely hold onto for the future. I keep it realistic with my informal rules:

  • No extreme projects with stains, holes, etc.
  • Nothing that I can’t flip for profit if/when I decide to sell it.
  • Must fit my body type whether I’m +/-6 lbs. or so (I fluctuate within this range).
  • Items must be exquisite, which means as good or better than what I currently possess.

With these informal rules, I can weed out a lot of items.

Being choosy is the concept that I hold dear. I choose myself and myself chooses exquisite things, if anything at all.

If it isn’t exquisite, get rid of it! – Me

I keep thinking of the (possibly made up?) statistic “you wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time.”

It bothers me and I’ve been dividing things accordingly. My current to donate pile has reached two bags. These are items that I don’t need to bother with for resale.

I’m pleased that I now have a minimal project pile. It’s out of sight in one of my plastic storage bins in the garage, but I’ll revisit it before year’s end.

I’m delighted that I fit into nearly everything that’s now in my closet and drawers! I’m almost the same weight that I was before my second kidlet but this post-baby body is very real. There are shifts and changes in areas, and you work with it.

Above image is a closer view of the closet. I need to use my Alpine Stars leather jacket (far left) to ride a new bike. Must envision perfect motorcycle.

I keep my clothes formfitting rather than bare it all. Even when I wasn’t eating very much (stress and overwork) and was exercising 1.5 hours a day in my early 30’s, I rarely showed my midriff back then.

I’m just keeping with that trend and avoiding my midriff.

I’ve been weeding out the girls’ items as well and here’s Coco’s closet. I wish I could fit into her Mini Melissas. Maybe I’m the only person who’s not obsessed with the strawberry phthalate smell?

There a BST (buy sell trade) group for Mini Melissas on FB that I lurk in. I don’t get the hoarding mentality with these shoes, as they’re pretty expensive. I’d rather put more money into Coco’s educational fund rather than buy her 50+pairs that she will only fit into for a minute.

To each his own though!

Thrifting is my middle name. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of thrift stores pricing all of their faux furs at $69.99 and up.

Say what? We’re not talking 80’s pristine finds here. Faux fur is my other middle name and I was so tempted to get this black and white Cruella number from H&M.

On occasion, I must step foot into the mall for back to school items.

 Links to other places on the web about capsule wardrobing

Project 333’s How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Author: Lisa