OK. So, I can become very passionate about something (read part 1) to the point of where I want to throw out everything that I’ve ever known and start from scratch again. After finding out that I have 55 slaves that work for me, via the Slavery Footprint web site, it was a little jarring. Then I felt so guilty after watching The True Cost. I felt like I’d rather walk around naked then put on those horrid clothes that I bought from H&M, Old Navy, Gap, Forever 21, anything else from the mall and Target too. I actually went to the mall and into H&M and felt sick to my stomach because I couldn’t stop visualizing the condition that the clothes were probably sewn in. I swore to NEVER EVER EVER under any circumstance buy anything there again.
And then do you know what happened?
I marched right in there the following week and bought a suit for my son’s homecoming dance! Can you believe it?
This is where my desire to do the right thing and real life interesect. They intersect at the two roads Compro and Mise.
How was I supposed to do this thing that weighed heavily on my heart? This is when I had to stop thinking about my failures as a newly informed consumer and turn my attention towards what I had done.
- become aware of something that I no longer wanted to support with my dollars.
- changed my whole attitude towards consumerism.
- actively began seeking alternatives.
- become an advocate for the ethical movement.
- educated my children on this not-so-pretty topic.
- started to care for the women and men that make my clothes.
When creating a capsule wardrobe, it is important to choose several silhouettes that you feel confident wearing. The reason why you take the time to choose silhouettes when planning a capsule wardrobe is so that you will have greater flexibility in mixing and matching your outfits, because they will all “magically” work well together. Simple, huh?
I showed you one silhouette that we chose for Amy during the last post. Another silhouette that we chose for Amie was an a-line skirt, fitted top, and cropped jacket. Her cropped jean jacket is perfect to put over this outfit, and completes the put-together look. We don’t need to own very many jackets in Florida, but a light-weight jean jacket is a timeless staple that every woman should have in her closet. For Amie’s figure, a cropped jacket lengthens her bottom proportion, and defines her waist.
Since I started this blog, I get asked a lot what a capsule wardrobe is. I’ll give you my version of the definition for it right here:
A capsule wardrobe is a carefully edited group of items that bring you joy, are simple to mix and match, and are chosen for a pre-determined period of time.
Some capsule wardrobe enthusiasts choose a number such as the lovely creator of Project 333 (33 items for 3 months), or 37 pieces total for a season like Un-fancy. Some capsule wardrobers challenge themselves to wear a certain number of pieces for a few weeks, like Style This Life’s #20itemsfor21days Instagram challenge.
And why would anyone go through the trouble to edit their clothes and arrange such a thing? The capsule cheerleaders report that it breathes peace into their life. Living with less brings less stress and more happiness. You’ll have more time and money for what really matters. Finding contentment in your wardrobe breaks the cycle of spending way to much money following trends and making expensive fashion mistakes. It’s a creative outlet. It opens more doors to seek a minimalist approach to other areas of your life.
I absolutely agree with what they say! I’ve done it myself, and will NEVER go back to the way that I viewed my closet or my clothes again.
Another thing that I like about having a capsule wardrobe is that it’s mine. That means my rules. If I want to pick a number of clothing, I can. If I want to decide that I’m not going to buy fast fashion anymore, but instead only thrift, I can. If I want to try an all-seasons capsule, I will. And with each new thing that I try, I learn something new. Every. Time.
If you are thinking about trying a capsule wardrobe, then you should. Set your own rules and go for it! Here are the things that you want to determine before you begin:
- Do you need to purge your closet first?
- Are you going to try to work with what you have, or do you have a budget to buy basics that you might need?
- Do you want to set a specific number goal? (Ex. 30 – 50 items?)
- Will your capsule be seasonal? Will you rotate clothes in and out or wear your clothes year round?
- Do you need to find ideas that will help you mix and match so that you don’t get bored? (subscribe to my blog, search pinterest, ask a veteran for help)
These are the basics to get you started. If you don’t think that you can do this alone and you want support and help then you can always work with me! I have a service where I come to your house and help you create a capsule wardrobe. Choosing silhouettes that flatter your figure, colors that speak to you, and having enough options for your lifestyle are also very important when planning a capsule wardrobe. A veteran capsule wardrobe enthusiast can help you have the most success because they’ve done the research. It’s not necessary, but it’s so helpful!
For the first part of Amie’s story, read here.
We took Amie’s lifestyle into consideration when designing her capsule wardrobe. Since Amie is a stay-at-home mom she needed quite a few casual and comfortable looks. One silhouette that we chose for her was a loose comfortable top with a fitted bottom. We also made sure that she could always add a third piece like a cropped jacket, necklace or scarf to instantly have a more put-together look. She had this beautiful black jacket in her closet, which is a little playful twist on the basic black blazer. But, since her tops are mostly plain, the jacket was perfect to go over anything and added an element of playfulness, which was one of her style words.
When we planned a trip to Tennessee for six days, I was very excited to test out my capsule wardrobe on a smaller scale. So, I did a little planning session on a post-it note. These are some of the notes that I wrote:
- 1 dressy outfit for dinner
- 1 outfit for hiking
- Coat! Finally!
- Comfy driving clothes
Here’s my packing list for 6 days:
- long grey dress
- 2 t-shirts
- striped long sleeve shirt
- white button down shirt
- pull-over sweater
- long cardigan
- jean jacket
- 3 pairs of shoes
- 1 scarf, 2 pairs of earrings, 1 belt, tights, and a necklace
Have you ever had someone ask you, “What do you do?” It’s not very easy to answer. Women are multi-faceted, multi-tasking maniacs. I can be three people, accomplishing three different goals all at the same time. I’m mommy, teacher, wife all of the time. That button never gets turned off. And, I’m designer (business number one) and now personal stylist (business number two) part-time. Oh, and let’s not forget keeper of all family scheduling knowledge, follower of Christ, goat farmer, avid reader, creative thinker…
Where do you begin to answer that question without looking like a crazy person? In all honesty, I usually give the brief answer that impresses the most, depending on who I’m around. Don’t we all?