The Elusive Capsule Wardrobe

Friday, 11 October 2013

I do not have Carrie Bradshaw's closet. Not in size not in contents. Hell, living in England, I find I'm lucky to have a closet, or built-in wardrobe as they call it, at all. What I do have is loads of clothes and not enough time to wear them all-- or heaven forbid have to wash them all. So most of the things in my closet go unworn. Why do I have so many? Simple. I cannot resist a bargain, whether on eBay or in the local thrift shop. So I end up with mountains of clothes that never get worn. It's sad, really.

For years I have talked about starting a capsule wardrobe-- a small collection of clothes that coordinate and allow me to easily choose outfits. Until now, I haven't had the guts to gut my closet. But in my quest to streamline my life, I know that the first thing that has to go is my bulging dressers. This has a lot to do with my recent shift to 'quality over quantity' and my sudden desire to own brand names. Yes, it is an expensive habit (not so much since I'm trolling eBay for everything), but I will be replacing the hoards of inexpensive/no-name brand clothes, shoes, and bags I have with these quality staples.

I have decided, based on loads of research, what should stay and what should go. I just have to put it into action, which I plan to start once the kids are in bed tonight. I have also downloaded a closet app for my tablet that will let me photograph my clothes and accessories and combine them into outfits and a plan for each month (Stylicious I think it was called, I haven't actually looked at it yet). I am relying heavily on info from Project 333, although I don't think I'll make such drastic cuts just yet-- I can't begin to add shoes or scarves in my 'allowance'. I do plan to get rid of some, but there is no way I could live with 3 pairs of shoes and 4 scarves!

So, I'll let you know how I do. Anyone else have a capsule wardrobe? Where did you get your inspiration/rules?

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