Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe
I finally stumbled across the blog of Amy Allen Clark (who happens to actually live in my area and I recently started reading her book The Good Life for Less!). Amy’s post on a capsule wardrobe outlines a modified version of the Project333 capsule wardrobe and I’m a big fan of the revisions she made. She gives herself a little leeway with the number of items and exceptions for shopping on special occasions, but the true concept of a capsule wardrobe still applies. Below are her stipulations that I’ll be following for the next 3 months (September, October, November)!
+/- 33 Piece Wardrobe – The wardrobe can have 33 pieces in it (or more… or less, but not more than 40). This wardrobe does not include
pajamas(I’m going to downsize my PJ collection…promise), workout gear, undergarments, or camisoles (something that is a necessity for me), jewelry or shoes (these can make or break an outfit!). The capsule is made from items I already own and all of the items I am not wearing and still love are being tucked in storage for the next fashion capsule. Anything I decide to get rid of will be sent to ThredUp (use this link to get $10!) or Goodwill. I have created a Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Inspiration Pinterest board to help inspire me with the pieces I am using.
Choose 3 More for Rotating – Select three additional items and put them aside in the closet. Rotate these items in during the next three months, but three other items have to be rotated out. Consider donating those items.
No Shoe Shopping – I am not including my shoes for this challenge, but I am challenging myself to not buy any more shoes and use what I already have.
One Steal Per Month – Special occasions and events come up and I am allowing myself one steal per month from items that I already own. I may find I don’t need this, but I think it might help with the shopping bug.
No Shopping For Clothing – I will wear the clothes I have selected and not shop for three months and only shop two weeks prior to the next capsule for items for the next season if needed. This is going to require a lot of discipline for me and I am planning to unsubscribe to shopping newsletters and avoid the shops as much as possible.
I have a couple goals with this capsule wardrobe. I’d like to make getting dressed a little more simple every morning and still feel put together, even if I’m just staying in the house (which, as a work-from-home mom, is more often the case). I also want to curb my spending on clothes, and really just the urge to shop. I don’t spend that much (maybe $800 a year?) but I know that these dollars could be put to better use elsewhere. And I don’t want to get into the same habit in shopping for my children’s clothes. I’ll probably be working on capsule wardrobes for the kiddos next, a la Andrea Dekker! I don’t think I’ll go quite as minimal as this mom but I like the direction of this one, especially with winter coming up!
Even as I was starting to prep for this capsule, all I wanted to do was shop for some new “key pieces”! When, in reality, a better way to start is to sort through what I already own and determine what I really love or, a la KonMari, whatever “sparks joy”. So, I’ve been trying to do that. I won’t say I haven’t bought anything… because I have. But I’m looking forward wearing to using those pieces in the next few months. And the encouraging part about the Project333 style capsule is that you can still invest in new pieces at the start of each season! A 3-month capsule seems so much more doable, knowing that I will be able to change in/out items as the weather changes. Because my personal preferences change just about as often. But maybe as I’m going through this process again, I’ll be able to identify what I really love and what looks best on me.
So, without further ado (drumroll please), here are the pieces for my Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe: