Why I like the Capsule Wardrobe (Part 1 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Angela

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A wardrobe that is paired down for you of pieces that you love, that fit you well, appropriate for your lifestyle and for each season. In the desert, I have two capsule wardrobe bases- Summer, (hot weather) and Winter, (cold weather) and then a few things that are added in making Spring and Fall.

Why Did I Start a Capsule Wardrobe?

Thanks for asking! 🙂 Because I had a closet full of Summer and Winter clothes mixed together. I had some mediocre clothes I didn’t like that much, but just hadn’t gotten rid of.  Laura kept telling me about her Capsule Wardrobe and sending me blogs about it, and you just take note of these things your bestie is doing! At the same time, I read a George Brescia book, called Change Your Clothes Change Your Life.

Capsule Wardrobe Rules I followed.

There is a lot of info about Capsule Wardrobes out there! These are some that Laura and I have used!

Rule #1- Only keep things you LOVE! This principle came from The Change Your Clothes book. You will immediately know what items those are and you don’t really need to think about it. If you have to wonder- you don’t love it!! Empty your closet- everything! And only put back in the pieces you love. Even if you only have a few pieces in there at first your style will scream at YOU!

Rule #2- When you have emptied your closet you will have a pile of maybes. Assess why they are in the maybe pile. Doesn’t fit? Needs tailoring? Trade it with a friend or give it away. If you need help with this stage invite a trusted girlfriend or someone who you like their style over or skype with them if they live far away!

Rule #2- Pair down your wardrobe per season. Have approximately 35-40 pieces. This could include: 15 tops, 9 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 outwear and 9 pairs of shoes. No need to include your pajamas/lounge wear, swimsuits, purses and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room. If you live in a place with 4 seasons, figure out your seasons- Winter (Jan- March), Spring (April- June), Summer (July- September), Fall (October- December). Don’t get caught up on the number of items or the seasons as much as what is working for you! I have found that I love to include one new dress in my Spring/ Summer Wardrobe that I can wear for Easter, and then graduations, weddings and any other summer events. Less is sometimes more and pieces that you LOVE with often interchange.

Rule #3- Enjoy your wardrobe for the full season. Don’t feel like you need to go shopping. As you get started you will still be doing some sorting of that season capsule. Take your time and figure out what is working or is not working. Then you will be able to keep those rules for you into the next season capsule.

Rule #4- During the last part of the season, plan what you have for the upcoming season and what pieces you want to add. Put away the current season, figure out what you will transfer to the next season and make your list for the few things you want to shop for and add. Check out the sale racks too for the end of season things you know you are needing.

Rule #5- Jewelry and Accessories are not apart of your seasonal capsule wardrobe so your possibilities of mixing things up is endless! I talk more about that in my Accessorizing your Capsule Wardrobe coming at the end of this week.

The Extra Findings of the Capsule Wardrobe.

  1. Keeps laundry manageable. Since it is more of a minimalist wardrobe. I do wear my jeans and certain clothes several times (especially if I just have them on for a few hours). My Laundry System and the Capsule Wardrobe work nicely together 🙂
  2. I found that I stopped feeling like I had nothing to wear when I stood in my closet! I liked all my options and found that the pieces mixed and matched so nice into outfits! See my Fashion Formula to how I put outfits together. I thought the Capsule Wardrobe might cramp my style, but instead it defined my style more!
  3. Keeps my closet cleaner and more organized! That is a plus!!! 🙂
  4. Having a Capsule Wardrobe has made shopping easier. I know much quicker what I LOVE and need. I have made fewer mistake purchases.

Don’t delay- no matter where we are at in a season, start today!! Clear out your closet with your BEST options! Be sure to watch for Laura’s post on a Capsule Wardrobe for your Kids! And then next I am going to share how you can add in Accessories to your Capsule Wardrobe. 🙂

Disclaimer: The closet above is my DREAM closet! Would love to have that closet system!

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8 thoughts on “Why I like the Capsule Wardrobe (Part 1 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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  5. Donna Agrelius

    Hi Angela!
    I had already started getting rid of things I don’t wear when I read your post and realized it was just the next step I needed. My one challenge is living in so cal. We barely have seasons and can have winter weather in June and summer weather in December, January etc!! Any advice on that? Can’t wait to makeover my wardrobe!!

    • itssodelightful@gmail.com

      Hi Donna!!! 🙂 Good to hear from you! Thanks for reading the blog! Did you see it on fb?? I edited your comment too:)

      I totally understand your weather dilemma- it’s similar here too! I have just two capsules mainly- with warm clothes and cold clothes and then several what I call the middle clothes. As I find that many of my shirts I used in both and just added a sweater or jacket too. I noticed that many of my darker color clothes made it to the cold capsule. But I have a lot of denim jackets and cardigan sweaters that end up in the middle to be used in the Junes that turn cold and I have loved wearing my sandles with my jeans this last week because we have had February in the 80’s!.

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