So this past quarter, January-March I decided to try giving this new trend called a capsule wardrobe a go. I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers/YouTuber Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup as she found/became obsessed with this idea last Fall. Once I saw her YouTube video talking all about this idea behind the capsule wardrobe I found that this is something that I could get behind and felt like it was suitable for my lifestyle.
In case you have never heard of the idea of a capsule wardrobe it’s the idea where you assemble your wardrobe for the following three month season made up of a certain amount of items you feel is a good mix and can help be interchangeable in outfits. Then for the following three months you do not shop or add anything else to your wardrobe until the three months have passed and it is time for the next season/capsule. Since I’m a big advocate of quality over quantity, I really liked the idea behind the capsule wardrobe because it would allow for me to get some really quality pieces that make up my wardrobe and force myself to be versatile in my outfits. This idea also helps from constantly spending money on clothes because you feel like you don’t own anything to wear, and as a recent post-grad it would be helpful for me (and by me I mean my bank account) to adapt the capsule wardrobe practice.
Although I have to say my first round/trial of a winter capsule wardrobe was an absolute fail. I definitely didn’t work hard on it or take the time to really evaluate what I would need. Which lead to me wearing the same thing every week and a half because I didn’t purchase enough tops… Good one Al good one. I highly recommend if you are going to create a capsule wardrobe to really work on identifying your personal style, what you currently have, and what needs to be added. I really love this YouTube video by Estee LaLonde where she talks about personal style. She had this great idea to create a photo album of your phone where you screen shot outfits you like when you come across them. This way, you have a dedicated album for these outfits that you can reference later to really see what type of style and fashion items you like. I definitely did this for the month of March and found it super helpful when assembling my spring capsule wardrobe.
So far my spring capsule wardrobe is composed of 41 items broken down into five pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, two skirts, two dresses, two cardigans, three jackets, two long sleeve shirts, eight T-Shirt/tanks, eight blouses, and eight pairs of shoes. I say so far because I feel like theirs a few things I need to add to really make it a versatile wardrobe. I’m looking to add another pair of sandals (I like to buy a new pair each summer season because I practically live in sandals during the warm months), I want a pair of red ballet flats but I have yet to find the perfect pair, and I want a nice white blouse (I currently have one that has black mesh detailing at the top but I either want something all white or something lacy).
This time I definitely feel better about this capsule wardrobe although the first month of the period is over and I still haven’t completed it…oops! At least next time I will know to start preparing a month prior and then start purchasing my new items about two weeks before? I don’t know if I will need to add a whole lot to my summer capsule wardrobe, but I’m thinking if anything I’ll add T-Shirts with brighter colors. I’m hoping….that I might be able to make a video showing my capsule wardrobe since I found it difficult to photograph. We will see what May brings. Maybe I could do more outfit posts and show my favorite outfits to put together in my capsule wardrobe, I really do want to start practicing so I can feel comfortable in front of the camera. If any of you have any tips for taking outfit photos let me know! I feel so awkward and I feel like I never know what to do with my arms! Have you done a capsule wardrobe before? If so let me know how you assemble yours in the comments!