Creating less:

3 reasons to build a capsule wardrobe

1. Figure out what matters.
If you are overwhelmed with stuff and busyness, you may have forgotten what really matters to you, how you like to spend your time, and the dreams you had for your life. Living and dressing with less helps you reconnect and remember. Sometimes to figure out what matters you have to get rid of everything that doesn’t.

2. Reduce decision fatigue.
Deciding what to wear requires mental energy better spent on other things. Instead of trying on several outfits getting ready in the morning in hopes of finding the perfect thing to wear, curate a small capsule wardrobe. Then there are no daily decisions required. You get to wear your favorite things every day.

3. Create more space and time for what you love.
Even if you don’t know what matters yet, or what you love, by dressing with less you’ll have a little more time and space to figure it out. A little more time and space to breathe.

The idea of capsule wardrobes has been fascinating to me since I learned what they were.  In my mind with a capsule wardrobe I would look like princess Kate and always be crisp and perfectly fashioned.  As weird as it is to type this out loud, I feel like I have a relationship with my wardrobe. My clothes define a lot about who I am and what mood I am in.

Anyone who has ever seen my closet or asked me to borrow something knows I have WAY TOO MUCH! Mr. Maker may indulge in beer making kits but I certainly blow our budget out of the water with my clothing spending and hoarding habits.

The thing is these clothes aren’t sentimental. They are not like the t shirt of my first concert, or the shirt I was first kissed in. They are just clothes.

Lately, inspired by blog writing, decluttering my life and a way to live a happier carefree greener life, I have been slowly working on my capsule wardrobe.

So what is a Capsule Wardrobe?

When I Googled the definition of a capsule wardrobe I found …

  • a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential
  • a person’s basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions
  • a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.

For my own capsule wardrobe, I am still working on the basic collection part. I have been trying to look through my clothes and see what I actually want to wear and how I feel about wearing it. Add that to what else I can put with it, different pants or shoes and I am on my way.

So where does ThredUP come into all of this.  I discovered this site based on a commercial. One thing about a capsule wardrobe is to buy less but buy better quality or spend more per item since you will be wearing it more and want it to last. I am thrifty by nature and spending more than $40 on a sweater has never been cool with me. ThredUP is an online thrift store.  This backs up my whole concept of reusing, and also allows me to buy cashmere sweaters and name brands for under $30.

My first order arrives this week.  This includes some great sweaters from JCrew to pair with skirts or pants or even jeans for weekend wear. I can add pearls or a blazer, even a scarf. Basics like this give me plenty of options.

Now the other thing…I have been selling some clothes on our community Buy Sell page on Facebook. Lately the people wanting clothing has really dropped off.  ThredUP, also lets me sell on consignment. Order a Clean Out Bag and refresh your wardrobe. Fill it up with like-new women’s and kids’ clothes. Earn a little cash or credit.

Like I said, for me this is a work in progress. I hope you will join me in this adventure and we would love to hear how you plan your wardrobe.

Starting a Capsule:

1. Pare down your closet to 37 items.
2. Wear only those 37 items for three months.
3. Don’t go shopping during the season until…
4. During the last two weeks of the season, plan and shop for your next capsule.
​5. The amount you buy for the next capsule is up to you, but less is more.