Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I posted. Life. You know how that goes! 😶😯😄
Today I am working on school prep. I’m sure you are wondering how that applies to my closet…Well, when you have chores and kids and animals all crammed into your school morning anything you can do to streamline is a big plus. So in with the capsule(ish) wardrobe! Ok, so I kinda cheated. I narrowed it down to 40 pieces and a true capsule wardrobe would be half that ( or less). But to be real I live where the weather is very changeable so I did repeats of some items in different fabrics. For example I have 3 black toppers: a sweater cardigan, a lightweight layering cardigan and a heavy neoprene hooded vest. That easily could have been one item instead of three but, again, the weather… I also have three denim skirts because I live in them and I don’t want to wear the same thing 2x a week. (Yes, I’m an over washer and if you think I’m “saving” that shirt for another wearing you are wrong)
So here was the 40 piece capsule(ish) wardrobe
If you will notice the bulging suitcase above… yeah, those are summer clothes. And down the hall there is this…
This is back up in case I just get sick of the whole idea after a while. So yeah, I definitely cheated but I have to be real here. I know that things get stale after a while and I may want to swap my color palate around.
For this capsule I used denim, black and beige tones for neutrals. I added blue/ greens, gray and berry colors to liven things up. My goal was to create fast and pulled together outfits every day that consistently looked good and saved me time.
In my capsule:
10 bottoms- black, denim, beige
10 tops- blue, green, berry, black , cream
2 vests- black, beige
10 toppers (cardigans or jackets to layer)- black, beige, denim, green, gray
8 dresses- beige, berry, green, blue, gray, black, patterned
I feel like this is a good amount to get me through 2 weeks if needed but not so much that my closet is crammed.
Why bother with all this work you ask. Well, the great thing about a capsule wardrobe is that each item is supposed to easily mix and match with the others so that you always have a pulled together look without all the time matching an outfit while you are standing in your towel and late for work. Basically, all your outfits are preplanned to go together in a snap.
So the big question is – does it work??? I didn’t want to wait a week to do a test run so I did a BLIND sample.
I turned off the lights and walked to my closet and closed my eyes. I grabbed a bottom and a top and then peeked to see what I ended up with.
To be fair I could feel the nubby texture of the sweater vest in test 3 and the cream bell sleeve was next to it which also had lacy fabric in it so I guess my tactile senses helped on that one.
I’d probably toss a denim jacket over the top in test 2 but I would wear all three of these out so I consider it a success!
Tell me how you save time in the morning!