Last month I tried restricting my closet to only what I would keep if I was going to do a winter capsule wardrobe. I narrowed it down to 25 items.
I stuck with 5 pairs of shoes, 5 pairs of pants, and 15 tops.
I stuck with mostly naturals that would be easy to mix and match and accessorize.
I wanted to try restricting my closet to force myself to get a bit creative and also to help me land on my favorite styles. Doing this for a month was pretty easy. Obviously if you were going to do a true capsule wardrobe and stick to it as a lifestyle, you would add in more/different items. According to fashionmagazine.com, a true “capsule wardrobe was defined as a compact wardrobe made up of staple pieces in coordinating colours–usually in the realm of 30 items or fewer, including shoes and sometimes even accessories. One might update the wardrobe with a couple of new trendy or seasonal items two or three times a year, but that was it. The goal was to have a streamlined wardrobe of high-quality pieces that could be worn often and interchangeably, thereby saving money, closet space, and time.” For me and my trial, I wanted to just work with what I had and start to narrow down my closet and style preferences.
The shoes and the pants were easy, I stick to my favorites mostly anyways. But the tops, I had to get a bit more strategic on what would mix and match well.
It was nice to got into my closet and not have to think too much about what I was going to wear.
My options were limited right before me and pretty much everything matched.
Everything I picked fit me really well.
(Which helped me realize that many of the things I didn't pick were because the fit isn't great on me)
It forced me to get creative and try new combinations to switch things up.
And to really take advantage of using accessories to make an outfit feel different.
I really missed my more fun clothes. I did give myself one more fun top in my 15 but I honestly feel more like me in florals than in neutrals.
I got a little bored wearing the same things over and over, and I was only doing it for a month.
As someone who likes to use clothes to be creative, I think this would be hard for me to do as a lifestyle.
Overall, I really enjoyed trying it out and learned some good things about myself and my style.
It also really helped me figure out what things I did not miss at all after a month and what things I had avoided including because they really don't fit me that well.
That being said, I've got a closet sale going on of things I'm finally able to part with after doing this little capsule trial. Go check it out, I might be letting go of something I'll regret later. Hah!
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