Capsule Wardrobe #fail

Remember when I said I was going to try that capsule wardrobe thing?

Yeah. I was super stoked about it.  I was going to go from having lots of options in my closet to 37(ish) pieces of clothing? Why? Because less is more and I always wear the same staple pieces anyways, right?

“This will be a snap!” I thought.

*ha. ha. ha. delusional much?*

I went into my closet and starting tearing through it.  Plucking clothes off hangers without taking a second thought. Saying things like, “this is cute, but I rarely wear it.”, “ew, why did I even buy this?”, “aw, I loved this, but it doesn’t really fit very well.”  Toss. Toss. Toss.

“Sweet! I’m making so much progress! I feel better already!”

I didn’t pull everything out, but I filled up a medium box without allowing myself to feel guilty about things I only wore once (or not at all!).

Well, here I am several weeks later and I’m declaring it a FAIL.

Three reasons why…

1.  When I started trying to pinpoint my style, I realized that I didn’t have enough pieces in my closet to get me through a week, much less a whole 3 months! I’d have to either buy a bunch of items or supplement with what I had. Spending a few hundred on new clothing wasn’t happening right now and I wasn’t really thrilled with the other option.

2. I’m a jeans and tee girl all the way. I like to get out of my comfort zone now and then and occasionally I wear a dress/skirt, but for the most part, I’m in jeans or slacks.  And I’m okay with that!

3. Sometimes you may need to pull something out of your closet that you haven’t worn in awhile, but need for a specific event. For instance, I was going to a luncheon yesterday with my hubby.  It was last minute, I hadn’t shaved my legs (any dress other than a maxi was OUT!), it was chilly out (no sleeveless unless I had a sweater that would work with it), unpainted toenails = closed toed shoes, and I needed to be more on the conventional/conservative side (it was a hubby event and he’s more conservative than I am). It was basically normal business attire. My normal go-to would have been black slacks and a top with flats.  I tried on THREE pair of trousers before I found a pair that fit right (gotta lose these few lbs I’ve gained!). The pair that fit right? The pair I called my “wedding pants”. They were the slacks I purchased solely to wear to weddings when I was second shooting with a photographer. The last wedding I photographed was probably 3 yrs ago (maybe 4) and I haven’t worn those slacks in at least two years (maybe more). I had them in my giveaway box. Thank goodness I didn’t actually give those clothes away yet or I would have been screwed!

So, I’m giving up on the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I’m not ruling it out for the future (with some tweaks of course), but I’m putting it on the back burner for awhile. It’s been sitting on my rolling to-do list taunting me for weeks. I think it’s time to bump it off and move on.

I don’t feel like it was a total waste though. I definitely learned more about what I want my style to be. I got a little off track when I went through my fashion blogger phase (yep, it’s official, it was a phase), but by completing the capsule wardrobe worksheets, it actually confirmed what I mostly already knew. I like classic/neutral with a bit of an modern/trendy edge. I like classic cuts and neutral colors, but they need to have a trendy/modern edge to them and I need to mix in a few funky pieces as well. I will need to remind myself of this while shopping, but I hope to make smarter clothing choices going forward.

What do y’all think about the idea of a capsule wardrobe…yay? nay? maybe?




  1. Nay for me, all the way. However, I have started a strict policy of only buying things I either need or love. So often I have a handful of items at a store only to put most of them back before checking out. I feel like my style is finally starting to come together too, so that helps.

    • Me too, Erin. I feel like I’ve gained more clarity into not only what I want my style to be, but what kind of style is practical for me. It’s been helpful to stop feeling like I want to try all the trends and start asking myself whether it fits into my “style” or if I will wear it often.

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