I’m Quitting Capsule Wardrobes!

As the title says, I am quitting capsule wardrobes!  This may come as a surprise to some of you.  It certainly did to me, once I realized this is what I wanted to do.

First off, I would like to say that I have nothing against capsule wardrobes.  I think that it is a great tool for teaching you how to live with less, to understand your core style, and to appreciate quality over quantity.  It is difficult to appreciate those things until you have carefully planned a smaller versatile wardrobe and lived with it for a while.

I think that if one starts this process, falls in love with it, and wants to continue, they should by all means do that.  However, I feel I have learned what I needed to learn from this experience and now I need to move on.

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REASONS FOR QUITTING CAPSULE WARDROBES

  1.  Living by principles rather than rules.

I want to stop thinking so much about how to live my life and actually start living it!  I don’t know if that makes any sense, but that is what I have been feeling as of lately and it has made me come to the conclusion that I do not want to follow by the “rules” of a capsule wardrobe for the rest of my life.

Granted, I learned a lot going by the rules, but living by those rules merely helped me to see the principles behind them.  For example, limiting the amount of clothes to a specific number (the rule) helped me to see that I don’t need that many clothes to have a wardrobe I am happy with (the principle).

Other principles I have learned are quality vs quantity, avoiding trends that are not my true style, having versatile pieces that all go together, learning to part with clothes that are worn out or not my style anymore, and the list goes on and on.

These principles have become a part of me and will effect my wardrobe decisions the rest of my life, regardless of the exact amount of items that I have. In my opinion the actual amount doesn’t really matter as long as every item is something that I love and wear all the time, that’s the most important thing I’ve learned in this process.

2.  Freedom to create and add items as I wish to.

Ideally doing a capsule wardrobe you should create your wardrobe before or at the start of  that season, which means planning, purchasing and making items almost in one fell swoop, so you are prepared and not shopping the rest of the season.  And while that is great in the beginning to help teach self-control, I feel that I have learned how to control my spending and don’t need that rule.  I’d much rather have the freedom to make things and shop as I feel the need to.  If I find an amazing piece that I have been needing, I don’t want to feel guilty for getting it nor do I want to feel rushed into making or buying new pieces.

Of course, this doesn’t mean I am going to be going on shopping, thrifting, or sewing splurges.  I must always work on exercising self-control and evaluate whether something is a need or a want, and whether it is a part of my core style.  But these are things that I have come to appreciate and have become a part of who I am so I don’t see myself having a huge issue with this.

I’m sure I will still make some shopping and sewing mistakes, but then again, I know I would even if I was doing an actual capsule wardrobe.  The important thing is to learn from those mistakes.

3.  Goal of an “all seasons” minimal wardrobe 

I am really not that into creating different wardrobes for different seasons.  It just doesn’t make sense to me and it feels a bit stressful.  In my mind, there is really only two seasons: Hot and Cold. Therefore, there are really only a few types of clothing that I don’t wear all year long, my winter coat, boots, my bathing suit and shorts for examples.  Everything else, could be worn all year.  Even sweaters and cardigans I wear all year because I get cold indoors easily.

I’d much rather have a versatile wardrobe that is appropriate for all seasons, with a few seasonal items that get mixed in during those times of the year.  Storing away perfectly good clothes that I could and want to wear all year long just doesn’t make sense to me.

Sure there are some items that I may store away, like heavy thick sweaters, heavy coats, tall boots; the things that I won’t  wear at all for half or more of the year.  But most of the things I own are things that I could wear all year long.

I actually don’t own many clothes at all anymore. I honestly probably have around 50 capsule wardrobe worthy items, all of which could fit in my closet quite comfortably.  Granted there are still things I’d like to add to my wardrobe but even then it wouldn’t be so much to make my closet seem out of control.

I prefer to see all my clothes right there in front of me.  It makes sense to use my closet to store my clothes, that is what it is meant for.  Why hide clothes out of site where they are just taking up space when they could actually be used? Clothes are meant to be worn and if I could wear most of my clothes all year then that is what I would like to do.

PRINCIPLES OF A MINIMALIST WARDROBE

Now, that I have explained my reasons for quitting capsule wardrobes, I want you to know that I am still committed to having a minimalist wardrobe.  These are the principles that I am going to live by in order to continue on this minimalist journey, that perhaps, you may be interested in adopting too:

  • Pick items that you absolutely love. Before adding anything new to  your wardrobe, ask yourself “Do I love this?”  If there is any hesitation, then don’t; you obviously don’t love it.  If you have an item that you don’t love but fills a need, then focus on replacing that item with one you do love.
  • Focus on versatile pieces that can be worn all year. When adding new garments, pay attention to the fabric, style and color.  Is it something that works well with my other pieces and can be worn all year long?  Keep strictly seasonal items to a minimum and to what is appropriate for where you live.
  • Focus on quality.  Try to focus on clothes that are higher quality, that will last a long time and avoid things that are lower quality and would need to be replaced often.
  • Stick to your style.  Avoid trendy pieces that you may tire of quickly and instead stick to pieces that reflect your core style and make you feel confident.
  • Replace and donate.  When something gets worn out, replace it.  Don’t hang onto doubles of everything.  If you find something isn’t your style anymore, donate it.  Don’t let perfectly good clothing take up space in your closet if it isn’t being worn.

Like I said before, I have nothing against capsule wardrobes.  In fact, if you are trying to pair down your closet and are struggling with it, I would recommend doing a capsule wardrobe for a while as a tool to help you pair down.

However, I no longer enjoy doing capsule wardrobes and what I really want is to focus on having a versatile minimalist wardrobe, with pieces that I could pretty much wear all year.

So what are your thoughts?  Do you like capsule wardrobes, or do you like this idea of an “all seasons” minimalist wardrobe?

Summer Capsule 2015

I have my summer capsule wardrobe up and ready to show you all!  It still looks pretty similar to my last wardrobe but obviously it is a little more appropriate for the hot weather.

It is pretty slim pick-ins at the moment.  I made out with a total of 24 items.  I was hoping to have made some more items by now, but moving across seas and getting settled, amongst other things, has taken a toll on me and I haven’t been able to sew much.

However, I finally have my sewing machine up and running and  I will be adding more things in as I make them, so stay tuned as I add/replace some tops and I am hoping to be able to add a dress or two.  But it all just depends on what I will have time for.

I also might add in a pair of shoes or two if I happen to find anything I am in love with.  I am on the hunt for another pair of flat sandals.

However, even though this wardrobe is small, it should still be a sufficient amount.  I didn’t even use all the items in my last wardrobe as much as I thought I would.  So I know this will still be a good amount and will require me to get a little more creative when putting together an outfit.

So, here it is:

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24 Items (and counting)

  • 9 Tops
  • 9 Bottoms
  • 1 Dress
  • 5 Shoes

Also, stay tuned for my “extras” and capsule combinations!

 

Spring Capsule Update

So moving from a colder environment to hot and humid Florida required that I adjust my current wardrobe a little.  I posted a picture on my Instagram account but decided I would give you all a proper view of what was added in.

At first, I thought that I only added 13 items, but I forgot about my Zinnia! How could I forget about my new Zinnia skirt?  I love that skirt! So I actually added 14 items.

Anyway, here are the items I added to my wardrobe:
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  • 1 tank
  • 3 tees
  • 2 blouses
  • 1 light knit cardigan
  • 2 skirts
  • 2 shoes
  • 3 shorts

But I also removed and donated a few items.  Below you can see what I took out (orange X’s) and donated (grey X’s).  I basically removed items that would be way to warm for Florida this time of year and I donated a few items that I wasn’t wearing much or was looking worn.SPRING CAP 2015 update

A couple of items didn’t get worn very much, like my blue oxford shirt.  I found that I don’t like wearing that many button-up collared shirts.  One is good enough for me and I was always grabbing my beloved chambray instead of the blue oxford.

Also, there was no reason to have two medium wash jeans, one is enough.  I thought I would get more use out of the second pair but I didn’t.  They were a little too tight to begin with and super low-rise, and I have learned that I do not like low rise much anymore.

My taupe sweater and tan wedges were worn out so I decided to donate them.

And as for my lovely Delphine skirt, it was hard to part with but I decided that it would be best since it was something I didn’t think I would get too much use out of anymore as I really only felt comfortable wearing it with tights.

I will be starting my summer wardrobe soon (July), which will probably look pretty similar to what I have going on currently.  There are some things I would like to add and make/refashion for it but with the way things are going around here right now I may not get to it before July.

Well that’s all for now.  I am not making any promises at this moment on how often I will be updating here on the blog.  I’m kinda on a break, trying to settle back into life.  But I am planning on being around on Instagram so if you want to see what’s going on, check me out there.

Ok bye for now!

 

 

Chambray Shirt 4 Ways

CHAMBRAY SHIRT 4 WAYSOne of my favorite pieces in my capsule wardrobe is my chambray shirt.  It is a great staple piece and is very versatile.  I love the soft blue color and since it is so lightweight this one can be used all year-long.  I could even use it as a cover-up in the summer for indoors when the AC is cold or going to the beach.

So I thought I would share with you all the different ways I like to wear my chambray shirt with my spring capsule.

For a bit more dressy look, It looks great with a classic high-waist gathered black skirt and wedges.CHAMBRAY SHIRTOne of my favorite ways to wear it is under my red lace sweater, with dark-wash skinny-jeans, and a statement necklace.  I love the way the red looks with the soft blue and this is a great date night outfit.

CHAMBRAY SHIRTThen for a bit more casual look I like it partially tucked in to some fitted jeans and paired with comfy sandals.

CHAMBRAY SHIRTAnd last here it is paired with a printed skirt and flats for a dressy-casual look.

CHAMBRAY SHIRTOne of the important things with creating a capsule wardrobe is having pieces that are very versatile, that you can create many different types of outfits with and I think the chambray shirt is the perfect piece for that.

Do you have a chambray shirt that you love as much as I do?

2015 Spring Capsule: Outfits

So have you guys heard of stylebook?  It’s a wardrobe organizing app.  You can take pictures of your clothes, take out the background,  and then create different looks.

Well, I was playing around with this app the other day and decided to see how many different outfits I could come up with using my 37 piece spring capsule wardrobe, and let me tell you, the possibilities seem endless.

So, I thought I would show some of the different outfits I can create using my spring capsule.  I would like to do this with all of my capsule wardrobes in the future as I think it is helpful to see how the pieces go together rather than just seeing them all separate.

I put together outfits I’ve already worn and love and others that I would like to try.  I made sure I used every piece of my wardrobe at least once in this example so you can get a visual of all the unique looks that can be created with a capsule wardrobe.

*I did not include my trench coat in these looks as it is a piece I wear when I am going out, and take off when I am indoors.  I don’t really consider it as part of my outfit. In fact, I am considering putting my outerwear into my extras in the future for this reason.

So here it is:

2015 spring outfits

Of course, I would accessories these with jewelry, tights, and belts, but you get the idea.

A few months ago, I may have thought that having a small wardrobe would be boring.  But if the pieces are picked carefully so that they all go together nicely, then the possibilities of outfits are endless.

So are you on the fence about doing a capsule wardrobe because you think you may get bored? I assure you, I don’t think you can.  What do you think?

A Minimalist Wardrobe Tour

When I was first introduced to this concept of a capsule wardrobe I thought, “How is this possible?!”  But still I was intrigued.

At the time, I wanted to rid myself of things.  I wanted to detach myself from my stuff and I really, really, REALLY wanted a wardrobe that I loved.  Going down to a capsule wardrobe was something I thought I should try.

It took me about 3 years and moving overseas to really understand what simple living means to me and in that time I have been able to detach from my things, little by little.

And now that I have succeeded at going down to a capsule wardrobe, I have to say, it has given me such a sense of freedom!

MINIMALIST WARDROBE*My spring capsule officially started on April 1st but I was using it since I posted my spring capsule, which has been about 2 weeks now. 

I use to open up my closet doors and feel anxiety.  There were so many clothes stuffed into my closet and most of them I didn’t really love.

Many of my things didn’t go well with each other and I didn’t really know my style,  therefore, putting together an outfit was stressful.  Ultimately, I would end up throwing something on that I didn’t really feel that great in.MINIMALIST WARDROBEMINIMALIST WARDROBEMINIMALIST WARDROBENow when I open up my wardrobe,  Continue reading

Wardrobe Architect: Summer Wardrobe Planning

For March with the Wardrobe Architect Challenge we had to find the holes in our wardrobe and plan the projects we would be making or what we will be purchasing based on that.  And boy have I really had to change gears here!

I originally was planning a fall/winter wardrobe which would have been suited for life here in the mountains of Ecuador, but since we are now moving to Florida in the summer I am now planning a summer wardrobe so I can be prepared when we move back.

So I have tried my best, in this short amount of time, to come up with a capsule wardrobe that I think would be great for this summer so I can finally get started on some projects.

After coming up with an idea of a summer capsule wardrobe, I went through my clothes and figured out what I already owned that could be used.  Then I made visual lists in polyvore of what I needed to refashion, make, or purchase.

So here is what I came up with:

Wardrobe Planning: Summer 2015 Sewing Projects

 

 

Wardrobe Planning: Summer 2015 Purchase Items

 

This breaks down to:
  • 7  *Refashion or size-down projects with items I already own.  (Two have been completed.)
  • 8  Complete from scratch sewing projects.
  • 6  Items to purchase.

*When we were in Florida for a visit, I went thrifting and found a few items that I liked but were way too big and need to be sized down.

Of the complete from scratch projects I have lined up I will be using these patterns:

  • Moneta dress by Colette Patterns.
  • Zinnia skirt by Colette Patterns.
  • Mimi blouse from “Love at First Stitch.”
  • Lilou dress from “Love at First Stitch.” (maybe)
  • My own designs for 2 skirts.  (A box pleat skirt and a wrap knit midi skirt.)

I honestly don’t know how much I am going to be able to accomplish but this will at least give me a guideline to follow.

What I love about this Wardrobe Architect Challenge is that it is giving me a clear direction for my wardrobe.  Instead of being distracted by cool patterns and cute fabric that really aren’t me; I am carefully choosing my projects for a specific end goal.  This is great because it is helping me stay focused, not over-consume, and keep things simple.

This is exactly how I want to sew forever; with a purpose.  So that I can get the most use out of the garments that I spend so much time working on to create.

So that’s the plan!  I’ve already completed two projects off my sewing list which I will be posting about on Friday!

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2015

So I am super excited to reveal my spring capsule wardrobe!  This is my first capsule wardrobe ever and I hope it’s the first of many more.

I tried to come up with a good mix of clothes with lots of layers as I need something very versatile while I am here because the weather changes so much.  I think I came up with a good mix that will get me through.

And when we move to Florida, I may swap out a few items as it is going to be quite warm when we arrive.

It took me a long time to really come up with this wardrobe and even now I still have my doubts.  But I’m sure I am going to learn a lot as I wear the items and see what works and what doesn’t.

So…without any further adieu….HERE IT IS!

SPRING CAPSULE 2015 SPRING CAPSULE EXTRAS Main Capsule 37 Pieces

  • 14  Tops
  • 5  Cardigans/Blazers
  • 10  Bottoms
  • 1  Dress
  • 1  Outerwear
  • 6  Shoes

The Extras

  • 3  Scarves
  • 1  Bag (not pictured because it’s in terrible condition and I am planning on replacing it soon)

*I still have other accessories such as jewelry, sunglasses, and belts which are not shown here.

Now, want to see what I’ve made that made it into this wardrobe?   Continue reading