A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about creating a capsule wardrobe.
To recap, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe limited to a small number of pieces that can be mixed and matched into a variety of outfits. My personal goal of creating a capsule wardrobe isn’t just to cull my closet down to a manageable size. I have to purchase a new spring/summer wardrobe because everything from last year is far too big. If I have to buy all new pieces, I’m going to do it right – invest in quality pieces that I can mix and match.
Since Virginia is still technically in the midst of winter, I’m not ready to purge my fall and winter clothes just yet. Our weather is very up and down right now. It was nearly 80 on Sunday, in the low 40s today, and will be back in the upper 60s by the weekend. I can’t pack up those sweaters and leggings just yet. I also think it’s a trap – these warm temperatures and teases of spring are setting us up for a March blizzard.
You heard it here first, folks.
Let’s all hope Mother Nature throws us a bone and sends this blizzard mid-week. A Wednesday night snowstorm is going to be a lot more beneficial to me than a weekend storm. The office is already closed on weekends…
Back to capsule wardrobes.
Since the Great Clothing Purge of 2017 is still a month or so off, I put my focus on deciding two important details for creating a capsule wardrobe:
- What’s my color palette?
- How many items?
Those two questions required far more thought than I thought they would, but I found my answers in the end (I think…).
What’s my color palette?
When deciding on a color palette, I considered a few things:
- What do I already have (that fits…)?
- What colors are flattering on me?
- What colors make me feel good?
- What colors “go” together, even if they don’t “match”?
- What colors are more “in” for the season?
The seasonal question was easy. My winter wardrobe is pretty dark – lots of blue, black, burgundy, dark gray, and some off white. None of that screams “spring.” Out, too, are the burnt oranges, golden yellows, and rusty reds of fall. To me, spring is about soft colors – pinks, blues, mints, and lavenders. In summer, those same colors become brighter, bolder.
I did a quick browse of what was in my closet that still fit. It came down to a blue strapless dress, a white blouse, and a soft pink t-shirt. It just so happens that soft pink and virtually any shade of blue are colors that flatter my paler skin tone, and even generate compliments. It just so happens that they go together, as well.
With thoughts of blush pinks and sky blues, I chose a couple of neutral colors – white and light grey. I added a darker color – navy – and there we have it. My capsule wardrobe color palette.
Shades may vary slightly, but this is the base for it.
How many pieces?
How many pieces to include in my capsule wardrobe is an even bigger question mark. I’ve read of women who have as little as nine pieces (HOW?!) and as many as thirty-seven. I’ve opted to include shoes in my capsule wardrobe, while some people don’t. Remember, jewelry, other accessories, pajamas, and workout clothes aren’t included in capsule wardrobes!
I’m still working out on paper how I want my pieces to break down, but at the moment, I’m going for a 23-27 piece wardrobe that will look something like this:
- 5 pairs shoes
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 2-3 skirts
- 2-3 dresses
- 2 cardigans/jackets
- 10-12 shirts
My logic will likely shift as I begin to pick up pieces for my wardrobe. I’m pretty set on the shoes. I’ll have a brown pair of sandals, a black pair of sandals, a pair of grey wedges that I love, and two “fun” pairs of shoes, most likely a pair of wedges and a pair of booties.
As I write that, I’m already debating on incorporating another pair of shoes…
I’m a skirts and dresses girl, especially in the warmer months, so it makes sense for me to have 2-3 of each. I don’t wear shorts (save for athletic shorts), and it can get so hot and humid here, even in the spring, that I wear jeans a lot less often. As for cardigans, I have seven hanging in my closet right now. I wear two… We won’t talk about jackets.
On the shirts front, I’m planning to have a healthy mix of basic pieces that go with several bottoms, and more “fun” shirts that may only go with two or three items.
I’m already overwhelmed.
I’ve picked up a few pieces from Nordstrom already.
This Lush tank is perfect, and a bit softer in color in person. It still has the tags on it, as I’m trying to decide if I need to size down or if the medium will do. It’s a close call – shame it doesn’t come in a medium-small!
I’m loving this Gibson twist front pullover. In this case, the color is darker. It’s more of a terrycloth than the fleece listed in the description. I ordered a small, and it fits just right. I’ll admit that I’m struggling, however, on whether this will be a wardrobe piece or a studio piece. I happened to be in leggings when I tried it on, and it looked so cute over my workout tank. We know I’m all about that athleisure life.
This BP. off the shoulder top is SO cute. I love how it looks on. I’m on the fence about keeping it, however. I’m not sure if it’s the most practical piece to add to the capsule wardrobe. How often would I actually wear it? I can’t wear it to work (dress codes…) and I’m not sure I want to relegate something to weekends only when I’m working with a limited number of items.
Stay tuned for how that saga unfolds. I know you’re dying of curiosity.
The next month or so will be spent fine tuning how many pieces I will include in my capsule wardrobe, and finding said pieces. A trip to Short Pump is in the near(ish) future. Charlottesville has okay shopping, but there’s no Nordstrom!
What do you think? Do I need more jeans? Less tops? I’m all ears for your capsule wardrobe tips and tricks!