My cat is napping in my closet as I type this. I think he’s digging the extra room in there, because I just went on a bananas purging spree.
(It’s spring and spring makes me do things like that.)
Still, I have failed to make a capsule wardrobe. Or I have come close. Or maybe I just don’t care anymore.** I can’t tell.
If you Google capsule wardrobe, you will get a description that lists around 30 clothing items. The idea is that these 30 items are so versatile and perfect, that they will go with everything else, and your kitchen will then magically clean itself, and your kids will learn algebra, and your mother-in-law will be nicer.
I *believe* that these items are “out of the house,” items, and don’t have to include the pair of yoga pants that you’ve had since college, or work-out gear, or sleeping clothes, i.e. pajamas. (I don’t know why I used the term “sleeping clothes,” but now I like it because it sounds fancy.)
I wanted to create a capsule wardrobe because I am an easily overwhelmed person. I like limited decisions. Give me chocolate or vanilla and I will know the answer. Take me to Baskin Robbins, and I might start crying.
The simplicity of this idea appeals to me a lot. I remember in The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin writing about having a uniform and ever since, I have lusted after that ease. I used to say my uniform was jeans-tank-cardigan, but in considering a capsule wardrobe, I really wanted to go even more basic that that.
I generally wear navy, black, gray and white, so why not try to stick with those colors?
Creating a basic color scheme was just one of the rules in deciding what to keep. The other was to be realistic. Just as I am not going to wear a parka in July, I am never, ever, ever again going to wear that sequined sweater that I bought when my BFF and I went as Laverne and Shirley for Halloween 4 years ago. Even to church.
Other rules included that the pieces have to fit well, and I have to love them. NOT just like them.
I get regular Stitch Fix boxes, and often, I only keep one thing. Or I send back the whole box. Or rarely, I keep it all because it’s perfect, but ONLY when it’s perfect.
Stitch Fix offers a 25 percent discount when you keep all five items, but I don’t keep something unless I love it. Sure – I might be “saving money,” by keeping all five items, but I’m also clogging up my closet with extra things I don’t need, contributing to decision fatigue, and spending money that could be spent on something I really do need, like socks.
SO WHAT’S LEFT?
I embraced my inner Marie Kondo and pulled out every clothing item I own (except socks, bras and underwear – I did that separately) and put it out on my bed. Then I carefully decided what to keep, what to donate and what to store for fall-winter (sweaters, heavy long-sleeved shirts, boots, etc.)
And here is what I kept for my Spring/Summer Capsule:
- 3 pairs of jeans (All from Stitch Fix. Somehow, they find pants that actually fit me!)
- 2 pairs of work/church/fancy pants
- 4 work/church/fancy shirts
- 1 spring jacket
- 2 dresses
- 6 cardigans
- a swimsuit*
- 2 pairs of black leggings
- 1 pair of cropped leggings
- 1 pair of workout pants*
- 3 pairs of joggers*
- 1 pair of pajama pants*
- 4 pairs of shorts
- 1 pair of sleep shorts*
- 1 skirt (It has shorts underneath, you guys!)
- 2 light long-sleeved shirts
- 4 T-shirts
- 10 tank style/sleeveless shirts
- 10 layering tanks/sleep tanks/camis*
- 1 pair of Converse tennis shoes
- 1 pair of pool flip-flops*
- 1 pair of Sanuk flip-flops
- I pair of Lotta clogs
The starred items are ones that I’m not sure are true capsule items, so if we subtract those, we’re down to 44 items. Not terrible.
And it feels like a lot less. And I love everything.
Not in a creepy way – I could live without any of it. It’s just I’m not digging through piles of things I only sort of like to find the two shirts I do, you know?
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
I get a lot of my basics – tees, tanks, etc., from Alternative. My favorites are these sleeveless shirts. After asking for readers’ favorite brands available on Amazon, I found Easel, and I love these cute, swingy tops!
My work clothes all come from Stitch Fix. Like I said – it’s all about ONLY keeping what I really love. And not having to go to stores – that’s a big thing too.
In the meantime, it feels so good getting rid of things that aren’t me, you know?
So do you have a capsule wardrobe? Or do you have a homeschool mom uniform that works for you? Tell me below!
** The main rule is that we make the rules.
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