Lately, I’ve been looking at my closet and feeling a bit underwhelmed. Which is really sad because it’s jammed packed with stuff. At least 50 dresses, 20+ pairs of denim shorts and distressed jeans, a bunch of lightweight summer sweaters, I don’t even know how many pairs of shoes, and the list goes on. I should be loving having all these options, but there are so many things I just don’t wear.
My goal in 2015 was to buy less and invest in higher-quality pieces, but I still have trouble spending a lot of money on trendy pieces and for a long time, It was more important for me to have lots to choose from vs. having a smaller wardrobe of higher-end pieces. But that is all about to change.
I came across the concept of a capsule closet a while back and more and more, I’ve decided that this drastic change in my shopping and dressing is just what I need. You can read all about this minimalist concept here, but I’ll give you the basics:
-Every three months (each of the 4 seasons), your closet will feature a curated collection of 37 pieces that you LOVE and that all work well together. What I would/will do is pick 4-5 colours for each season so that I can mix and match everything.
-Your 37 pieces should include: tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. Your 37 pieces should not include: workout clothes, jewelry, accessories, purses, swimsuits, pajamas/loungewear, underwear, and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room.
-I’m only human so chances are that there will be that one pair of shoes or that one dress that I just can’t pass up, so there is some wiggle room in the number of items, but try to remember that less is more and impulse purchases should work for more than one season.
-At the end of each season, take stock of what you didn’t wear or only wore once or twice and donate it/give it to your best friend and replace it with something you truly LOVE. Obviously you shouldn’t repurchase 37 pieces EACH season, but realistically, you’ll probably buy 4-8 new things each season.
The most important thing before you start creating a capsule closet is determining your overall style. And the best way to do that: EMPTY YOUR ENTIRE CLOSET. I’m tired just thinking about doing this but it’s a crucial step in this process. Now take your absolute favourite pieces right now that you wear all the time and step back and see what colours you’re drawn too, and what these pieces say about you (I think my style will feel very feminine and girly, since I love blushes, nudes and whites).
The last two things I will say about this are:
1- You might want to consider having a capsule closet for workwear and maybe a bit of a smaller closet for weekend wear. I don’t think it’s realistic to have only 37 pieces that work for the office and the cottage. So you might spend a bit less on your weekend pieces or the other way around, but overall you still have a nice compact wardrobe.
2- I think this would be an amazing thing to do for kids, especially when they start wanting to dress themselves. I’m sure a lot of moms cringe when their kids come down wearing a tutu with with a Spiderman tee and rubber boots! If you give them a closet of pieces that all work together, they will make better decisions but still have the freedom of picking their outfits. And let’s face it, you have to buy new clothes for them each season because they are growing so fast, so this concept makes a lot of sense for the little people in our lives!
Ok, I’m done rambling about this, and I will keep you posted on my journey through this closet overhaul! I’ve included a sample of a capsule closet below, so you can try to wrap your head around what 37 essential pieces look like!