My Accidental Capsule Wardrobe & What it taught me about Contentment

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So I am a missionary

& when I moved to Ukraine in March I came with two suitcases and a backpack. I came to live here for a year so no, I didn’t only pack clothes in there. I am a HUGE book nerd so I narrowed down the necessities to just 6 books & that’s not including all the ‘homey’ American things I knew I would need to make it through the year. 

I only brought about 30 pieces of clothes, three pairs of shoes, & some Jewelry. I knew I could make it for three months with just these pieces & I was right.

Wait what's a Capsule Wardrobe?

If you’ve missed the newest minimalist approach to your closet this is the lowdown. 

Here is the official Google definition //

“Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London Boutique called “Wardrobe" in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with season pieces.”

If you want to simplify your time getting ready in the morning & spend less money on clothes, this is the way to go!

I’m not a minimalist. I wasn't really listening to all the hype or seeing this as a necessary change for my wallet or for my mornings

BUT

I will say after only wearing the same pieces of clothing for three months in rotation, this method is really challenging in the best way.

I am a creative, as you can tell by this blog, I love to create! This limitation has caused me to see what I have and really use it all to the best of my ability while desiring to keep things looking fresh! I’ve made outfits I would never have thought about before & I am seeing the true quality of the clothes I own. 

It not only affected my wallet and my time spent getting ready but also my heart in surprising ways.

I don’t typically put a lot of value in material possessions but I do love expressing myself through clothes and sometimes that means buying a few new pieces I don’t REALLY need. With the latest Instagram post or the newest line at Target (anyone else agree?) I typically make a run into the store to grab some clothes to just leave the tags on them hanging in the closet until the next move. 

Not having the option of a Target run has really shown me how much I DON’T NEED things! I am guilty of sometimes drowning my emotional issues into a shopping cart at Target and feeling that moment of excitement in the car on the way home with my new purchases. I am NOT saying this is a bad thing! I am saying that this is NOT the first place I should turn to for consolidation. 

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Have I sold you yet?

It’s not an easy transition by any means but there are a few ways you can put these principles into practice! Here are my tips for the girl wishing to try this out!

01 / Start with what you have

Go do a COMPLETE closet inventory check & purge. Seriously don’t hold back & no you don’t need that many t-shirts!!! Get rid of things you haven’t worn for six months, the pieces that are falling apart, & anything that doesn’t fit you right.

02 / Build a plan 

If you don’t have enough shirts, pants, dresses or shoes for your normal life then this will never work. So look at what you spend the majority of your time doing. Are you in business clothes everyday? Do you work from home? Do you like a mix? Knowing yourself is the best place to start to  make the wardrobe plan. 

Here is an awesome infographic & video from Stitch Fix!

03 / Get inspired

My personal favorite part, finding inspiration. This is where basics cross with seasons and other people’s examples can spark ideas!

Here are some fun videos that I love watching //

Hailey Devine’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Carly Jean Los Angeles - this is a shop that I LOVE and I find so inspiring. They intentionally show capsule wardrobe inspiration on their Instagram all the time!

If you have a hip casual style check out this board on Pinterest!

04 / Buy the RIGHT pieces

After you’ve made a plan, starting with what’s already in your closet, it’s time to buy some pieces! 

This is where quality over quantity is SO IMPORTANT! You don’t want to buy a piece that only lasts a season. You want to buy pieces that last a long time and are versatile. 

Investing in the right high quality pieces ultimately saves you money! 

Something I’ve been trying to do is buy more fair traded items.

 

Shops for basics // 

Krochet Kids IntEvery product is hand-signed by the person who made it. Shop with Confidence. Shop with Impact. 

thredUP: Used clothes at a good price & delivered to your door (+ get $10 off your first purchase if you use this link!)

Able: Beautiful products made by women who have overcome

Interested in more info about Fair Trade & Ethical Shopping? Check out The Good Trade!

05 / Limit yourself

Now put it into action. You’ve purged, prioritized, planned and purchased. Now you need to actually implement! Participate!

If you are going to take this seriously pack up all your other clothes in boxes and put them away and vow not to touch them! 

Limit yourself to ONLY the pieces in your closet & only then can you really feel challenged to get creative! 

Now tell me, would you ever build a capsule wardrobe?