Capsule Wardrobe: Step 1

So excited to share this post - I felt a little weird writing a "style" based post, since you guys come here for the food and I know pretty much nada about style, BUT I figured, maybe you're like me and need all the help you can get in the fashion department! My new capsule wardrobe has changed my life - I hope you find this step-by-step info helpful. This will be the first in a series of blog posts dedicated to sharing the secret to a successful capsule wardrobe! Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss a post!

First a little background on my fashion sense (or lack there of)...As a nurse, I never had to worry about what to wear to work and always had a few outfits for weekend outings, but generally speaking - fashion was never a priority for me. 

As a stay-at-home-mom having 2 babies in 18 months, left me living in Old Navy/Target type clothes (who wants to buy nice clothes when you're changing diapers, nursing, and getting spit up on regularly?)! So, yeah - there wasn't anything fashionable going on for about 3-4 years.

Flash forward to now - my kids are pretty self-sufficient, I'm proud of a body I work hard to keep in shape and I want to feel confident when out and about, so over the past couple years, I've put more thought, effort and money into my wardrobe.

I started with Stitch Fix - which has been all the rage for a couple years now and I too was enjoying my monthly box of goodies. However, I was keeping items of too many varying colors and styles to the point where I pretty much had only 1-2 outfits per item and then the boxes started going waaay off track - I had to send items back due to improper fit and style. It became a hassle, so I canceled....sigh.

I love to peruse Pinterest, envious of all those gorgeous style bloggers - but quite frankly, as a mom of 2 boys and someone who hates to shop, it all seems way to out of reach to look put together on a regular basis. Until my discovery of the Capsule Wardrobe!

In a way, I would say my journey started with The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  - the capsule wardrobe concept is very much in line with the KonMari method of organizing and decluttering your home (and life). By simplifying options and keeping only items that "spark joy"- it is so much easier to hone in on your true style + streamline the "what to wear" issue. You are left with items that you can mix/match and accessorize to match any look for any occasion. Easy peasy and just what I need!

I came across the Capsule (or Pod) Wardrobe concept when a friend posted an article on Facebook. Basically, a seasonal wardrobe with interchangeable outfits and accessories. However, when I researched for more info - I found most of the bloggers were shoppers and fashion lovers. Bloggers who find joy in spending a day shopping for items specifically for their capsule wardrobe. Not me. I prefer to online shop, or once or twice a year head out for a day of shopping with a few of my close friends. A gradual method is more my speed. So, here I will share what's working for me step by step - if I had realized this was such a hot topic, I would have taken more photos!

Step 1 in the journey to a capsule wardrobe: Remove everything from your closet and drawers. Yes. EVERYTHING!
Take a look at all the items - and take note of what you see - do you see a theme? What colors are most prevalent? What styles do you actually wear vs. try on and always put back? Are there items with tears or stains? 

For me, I saw that the majority of my clothing is black, white, gray, navy, or cobalt blue. Virtually 90% of my wardrobe falls into these colors. Secondly - I had many shirts and pants that I kept in anticipation of a night out, but always returned to the hanger and wore something else. This is the time to get real with what items you truly love and what items would find better use in a new home.

***NOTE - workout gear, bathings suits, undergarments, are not considered part of your capsule wardrobe, but I do encourage you to go through every single item of clothing you own and get rid of anything and everything that you do not love. ****

So get to it - remove everything from your closet and drawers + look at which  colors are most prevalent and make that your color scheme! Keep only items that fit in with your color pallet or truly + honestly bring you joy when you wear them. Get a {BIG} donation pile started and stay tuned for Step 2!

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