My Spring Capsule Wardrobe

If you’ve been following along on my journey for a while, you know that I’m a big fan of a capsule wardrobe. I became interested in the idea of a capsule wardrobe about 4 years ago when I felt the need to simplify a lot of areas in my life. You see, I’m a 1 and 3 (tied) on the enneagram and my strengths on Strengths Finder are futuristic, strategic, achiever, competition, and learner. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read about strengths here. Anyway, my brain is constantly thinking “how can I make this better and better and better?”, and I’ve realized that the more I simplify small areas in my life the more success I have in the “big ideas”. So one area I’ve simplified is my closet. I started out pretty strict and have since lived with a modified version of the strict capsule I started a few years ago.

As I put together my spring capsule, I wanted to point out a few things that have evolved for me over the past few years of adopting this mindset. This time around I paired down my closet to 40 pieces, but you can definitely use this as a general guide. Feel free to get to a number that fits for you, your personality, and your lifestyle. It is less about rules, and more about what feels right to you. Also, my capsule is for every day wear. It does not include workout clothes (although I take a similar capsule approach), pajamas, accessories, special occasion pieces, etc. Fortunately I get to dress pretty casual so I have more denim and casual tops as opposed to more dressy pieces. I leave those for date nights! So let’s get started talking about your own capsule wardrobe.

First things first, what is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few clothing pieces that you love, that fit your lifestyle, and that can be mixed and matched regularly, allowing you to be more confident in your style, shop less often, and be more intentional about what you buy. If you love simplicity, you’ll probably love a capsule wardrobe.

General guidelines as you begin building your capsule…
1. Toss, donate, or sell anything that doesn’t fit your body, your lifestyle, or you haven’t worn in 2+ years. If you have something that is seasonal, just store it. If you have “event pieces” (i.e. items you don’t wear every day, but they are reserved for special events… weddings, baby showers, date night, etc.) keep them out, but place them in a separate pile or section of your closet.

2. Keep all the pieces you love, that fit, and that you naturally find yourself wearing most days. Have a general color palette in mind when pulling the pieces you love. The more cohesive your color palette, the easier it will be to mix and match. This is how I got to my number. Generally I wear the same 40 pieces, and I have a color palette that blends well together so I can make hundreds of different outfits with those 40 pieces. As much as I want to ride the “orange, yellow, blush” trend, I’ve found that those colors just don’t look great on me. So I’ve chosen pieces that are a “cool neutral” because those shades look much better for my skin and hair color. This also allows me to dress an outfit up or down with certain accessories (earrings, rings, necklaces, etc.)

3. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not each season, then give yourself a budget if you need certain pieces for that season (ie. shorts, sweater, jacket, etc.) Typically my capsule doesn’t change a lot from spring to summer or from fall to winter except for maybe a few more shorts and tanks in summer and more sweaters in winter (you get the idea.)

The Benefits?
The one thing I’ve learned over the last 4 years is that I’ve slowly developed a personal style that stands the test of time. Sure I like those one or two seasonal trendy pieces, and I do buy them. But because I know what works and what doesn’t for me, I buy more intentionally and I budget for those pieces because I’m not impulsively buying things that don’t serve a purpose in my wardrobe. Make sense?

Anyway, I hope this gives you a starting place if you’re interested in building your own capsule wardrobe, and mostly just have fun doing it. I linked all of my capsule pieces, but because some of these are a couple years old, I tried to link something similar. Also, check out my Shop Wardrobe page for inspiration for your own wardrobe. I update it regularly with my favorite seasonal picks. Lastly, stay tuned for more as I go in depth on how to create a color palette, how to mix and match, style ideas, etc. More importantly though, if you try putting together your own capsule, I hope it brings joy, intentionality, and a sense of confidence to your personal style.

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