It seems like the latest trend I've been seeing on Pinterest is capsule wardrobes. If you haven't heard of them, they are basically a small collection of clothes that can all be mixed and matched so you have lots of different options to choose from without having an overflowing closet.
I've been hearing about capsule wardrobes for at least a year and I always thought it was a neat idea. Who wouldn't want more outfit options with less clothes? And why wouldn't I want every piece of clothing in my closet to fit me well and make me feel good when wearing it?
Like I mentioned in my last post, a few weeks ago I decided to give this idea a try. Before I started, I went through my closet and counted how many pieces I had hanging up. There were 114 hanging items in my closet!! This blew me away because the majority of the clothes hadn't been worn in 6 months or even longer. So why was I wasting all this closet space with clothes that I wasn't even wearing?
By the time I was done weeding out the unnecessary clothes, I had a much sleeker looking closet with a grand total of 27 items (including pants & shoes). It was a huge sigh of relief! Every time I open my closet I can clearly see every piece of clothing to choose from. I know that everything fits me and that I have many different combinations to choose from for my outfit that day.
If you'd like to give this a try in your own closet, keep reading to get the step-by-step process for creating your own capsule wardrobe.
First, let's look at my closet before I cleaned it out. You can see that the clothes are all squashed in together and there's not a lot of room between the hangers. In fact, I was starting to have an issue with needing to steam most pieces before I could wear them because they were getting wrinkled by all being shoved together.
Here are the steps you can follow to clear out your own closet and create a capsule wardrobe for this fall & winter:
1. Empty out your closet so you have a clean space to work with.
These are the stacks of all the clothes I took out of my closet. Some of them went into a bag for donation and a few pieces were put in the trash. The rest of the items are now hanging in a closet in my second bedroom.
Since going through this process a few weeks ago, I've gone back to the second closet and removed even more items.
Don't be surprised if once you start getting rid of clothes you begin to feel like you're on a roll. Chances are it will be even easier to keep letting go of items you don't wear.
2. Hang up the clothes you are going to keep.
Here is a breakdown of the 27 pieces in my fall capsule wardrobe:
My name is Beth and I live in Denver. I am a single lady in my 30's and wanted to start sharing my awesome and amazing life through a blog.