This OYDC post is going to be just a little different than past posts! Usually, I pop in here at the end of each month to chronical my adventures in decluttering each months space. This month's post is all about my plan of action with my closet. What plan is that? Capsule Wardrobe.
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Before I get into the nitty-gritty of this concept, let me recap my monthly One Year Declutter Challenge. See, I crave a decluttered home, but I also have two kids that make those nice and cozy 30 day challenges unrealistic. So I’ve created a declutter challenge that you can do at your own pace. There will be one prompt each month, giving you 30 days to work at your own speed. Grab your Free Declutter Printable and jump in with us.
Where to even begin? As I was browsing my closet looking for a great starting place to clean the closet completely out, that's my first step in decluttering a space, I realized how unhappy I was with my wardrobe. Most of my clothing items are pre-kids and yall my style majorly evolved when I had kids. No longer did I like low cut jeans and tight tank tops...HELLO MOMMY BELLY... and the 4 outfits I do have are in constant rotation and starting to look worn.
That's when I stumbled upon the Capsule Wardrobe concept. And while I haven't fully submerged myself in this styling idea, I am starting the process of building a basics foundation.
So, just what is a capsule wardrobe?
Basically, a capsule wardrobe allows you to have a small number of key pieces and you can use them to make a large number of outfits. The key is using classic elements to mix and match. Major pitfall, you guys! I have nothing classic in my closet beside jeans and a black blazer. So my task is to slowly incorporate these classic key elements. Here are the pieces I've collected to create my classic basic mini-capsule wardrobe. This is such a great foundation of items that can be worn, mixed, and matched together to great hundreds of different outfits.
To get me started, I did a ton of research and utilized Pinterest in my journey. Pinch of Yum gives a great lesson on capsule basic. Cotton Stem is where I first heard about the concept and has great seasonal ideas. Un-Fancy totally helped me organize my thoughts and ideas on the capsule. There are so many great resources out there that explains this still-fuzzy-to-me concept.
Building My Classic Basics Capsule Wardrobe
I've spent the last several days sorting through what I currently own and want to keep and purchasing a few new basic items like some classic v neck tee's. After all the swapping and sorting has settled, here is my current wardrobe. (Yall, it looks so bare compared to the piles and piles of clothes I used to have and never wear. Yet it's freeing to not look at the waste of clothes I never really liked to begin with.)
1 | Tops So I have a few basic tee's that are so comfy and can be worn with virtually anything. I decided to stick to the basic neutral colors of black, grey, and white.
2 | Cardigans Yall, I love cardigans, kimonos, jackets, and vests! Anything to layer over a basic tee and provide some warmth. This is also where I incorporate color and design. Luckily I had so many in my closet that I still loved so these were definitely keepers.
3 | Bottoms I'm a blue jean type of gal. Nothing feels more comfortable and like I can go out and face public like a pair of jeans. These below are my favorite. I especially love the high waisted Levi's that provide extra support for the mommy flab.
4 | Dresses Maxi dresses are my absolute favorite, they cover the legs and thigh area. They are easy to wrangle kids and not worry about flashing the world. And you can mix these up by layering different cardigans and shirts on top yet are so classic with some simple accessories.
5 | Shoes So, I've always been a shoe snob! When I was in college, I had this one crazy busy weekend waiting tables so I splurged on a pair of Jimmy Choo's. They still hold a special place in my closet and come out when I want to be extra fancy. All that aside, lately I've been trying to collect some great mom basics. Below are my favorite flats and chunky heels that are my go-to's.
See below for all the items I've included in my classic basics capsule wardrobe. I've tried to add my actual items, but some are substitutes that I've found for you all.
So this month's OYDC was way different, but a lot of fun. It's something I've been chewing on for a while but had no clue where to even begin. I still have a million questions! Do any of my readers have capsule wardrobes? Have you heard of this concept? I would love any and all comments. Leave them below or jump over on Facebook to discuss.