Fashion (My Style) · Wardrobe Remix

[The Capsule Wardrobe Chronicles] Planning the Pieces

Hello, all!

So it’s been a while since I have posted on this blog. I ended up taking an unplanned two week hiatus due to an anniversary, an extremely busy time at work, and then a vacation to Branson, MO for a good friend’s wedding. And THEN, I actually had a blog post written and about 90% ready to publish yesterday, but by some weird twist of fate (and what I assume is a WIFI/WordPress glitch), I totally lost the draft, and am now typing away, trying to remember everything I had put in the post (and muttering “harsh words” under my breath about technology and its many shortcomings).

Breathe, Lydia…BREATHE!!

Well, technological failures aside, I had promised to continue this saga that is the building of my “Capsule Wardrobe.” To be honest, what I had to start with before this process could have already been considered a capsule wardrobe.

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See? Pretty basic and streamlined already.

But I knew there was still a ways to go. If a capsule wardrobe was based on nothing more than a limited number of pieces that I love, I probably could have simply switched out a few seasonal pieces and been done with it. But a capsule wardrobe is so much MORE than that. According to Wikipedia…

[t]he term has come to refer to a collection of clothing that is composed of interchangeable items only, to maximise the number of outfits that can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colours.

Capsule Wardrobe. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 15, 2016, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_wardrobe.

Even with the limited number of items in my closet, I had a hard time putting outfits together because I just didn’t feel a lot of the items worked well together…for me. Not in the style I was aiming for, anyway.

So I decided to treat my capsule wardrobe as a “start from scratch” project.

Now, I could have simply followed my old five step process of revamping my wardrobe and started “systematically purging” the items from my closet (and my secret stash of stored away pieces from pre-pregnancy days). But I knew if I wanted to have a closet of pieces with which I could maximize the number of outfits with, I would have to be more deliberate in my planning.

So, as my mentioned in my last post, I used Caroline Rector’s “Capsule Wardrobe Planner” as a guide.

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Using my #bulletjournal to make out my plans…

First, I needed to identify and define my style. I’ve already done this in that past (see this post) and already had a pretty good foundation to start on. Ultimately, I needed a wardrobe that was casual, effortless, with an urban twist. In those few dressier occasions, I like the simple, classic look.

Second, I listed all of the brands I liked to shop. Over time, I have slowly moved away from shopping at places like Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, and other places where I could get trendy pieces for extremely cheap prices. The clothes I bought at these stores never lasted me very long, and I wanted to start spending my money on pieces that I love and would withstand the test of time, both in physical durability and fashion trendiness. Granted, the brands above may not all be the highest of quality places, but they definitely indicate a major step up for me.

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One of the things that is included in Caroline’s Capsule Wardrobe Planner is this section about colors. As you can tell, I had a little bit of trouble with this section. I honestly do wear a lot of neutral tones. But being summer, I really wanted to add color into the mix. I found that I gravitated towards blues and greens (of all shades). I also wanted to add a warmer shade in the mix, and went with pink. I never thought I’d see the day I would actually seek out pink in my wardrobe (I was a tomboy throughout my adolescence, with a major aversion to pink), but of all of the bright, summery colors, I felt it matched my skin tone the best.

I ended my planning with a listing of my “go to pieces” that I always wore (the ones that would probably end up right back in my closet…whether this season or in seasons to come) and my “go to outfits” (which was SO much easier once I had a clear understanding of what my “go to pieces” were). From these lists, I was able to determine which items in my closet should stay, which should go, and which should be tucked away into storage.

And so…I was ready to begin the “systematic purging” process in my wardrobe overhaul. But that’s a post for another time (hopefully, next week).

If you are considering creating a capsule wardrobe, I would highly recommend this planning step. Don’t skip it thinking it’s something you can figure out as you do the purging/organizing/shopping/etc. After having gone through this process once without the planning step, I can tell you it will save you from a whole lot of confusion, frustration, and wasted money from filling the “holes” that aren’t really there (or are in other areas of the wardrobe).

Think before you leap…for mindfulness of where you land makes all the difference.

Until next time…keepin’ on living to learn and love!  ❤

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