Capsule Wardrobe, Minimalism, Simple Living, Style Learning Curve

My Capsule Wardrobe: What Made the Cut

If you happened to miss my first post on my decision to finally try out a capsule wardrobe, go ahead and click here first.

Like I mentioned in my first post, my capsule wardrobe is a bit bigger than most people’s. From what I’ve read on the subject, most people keep their capsule between 30-40 pieces, but my capsule contains 48. If I end up continuing with the capsule wardrobe idea beyond this first test run, I hope to be able to edit it down more, but I thought that this was a good start for someone like me (who easily had almost 100 items of clothing in my closet before this, many of which didn’t currently fit or which I hadn’t worn in ages). In fact, both sides of my closet had been so stuffed before that I often ran out of hangers or had to try and “wedge” clothing in, but now, my capsule wardrobe only takes up half my closet space, and there’s even space between the hangers, too.

Imagine that.

So, in case you’re curious as to what I chose to go in my wardrobe for the next 2-3 months, here goes:

(1) pair of grey work trousers
(2) pairs of blue jeans
(1) pair of black skinnies
(2) pencil skirts (grey & blue)
(4) maxi skirts (grey, blue, beige, navy)
(2) dresses (cream & navy striped, grey & white striped)

(5) cardigans (black, blue, navy, green, pink)
(1) blazer (black)
(1) moto jacket (black)

(3) sweaters (grey striped, black, blue)
(2) grey tees
(1) white tee
(2) pink tops
(1) mint top
(1) plain black top
(1) short-sleeved collared navy top
(1) patterned short-sleeve tee
(1) Aztec patterned mid-sleeve tee
(4) button-up shirts (white, dark green, blue gingham, chambray)
(1) purple dress top
(1) dark green dress top
(3) long-sleeved tees (purple, (2) navy)
(1) black vest

(1) pair of black boots
(2) pairs of flats (black, navy)
(1) pair of brown ankle boots

(1) plain white tank
(1) plain black tank
(1) cheetah-print tank

Typing all that out, I realize that it is quite a bit bigger than most capsule wardrobes, but I figured I’d cut myself a bit of slack this first go-round and try to get better at cutting it down (if that suits me) when I try a different capsule.

Also, I’d better mention that I’m not including exercise clothing (including running shoes), loungewear, or pajamas in my count for my capsule wardrobe. Just thought I’d point that out!

Now stay tuned for part 3, where I’m planning on posting a series of some of the outfits I’ve created from the pieces in my capsule (so that you can see how boring my wardrobe really is as a general rule, ha ha).

Would you ever try a capsule wardrobe? Or do you already basically have one?


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