Inside: Why is getting dressed so hard?? Here’s how I’m using a spring capsule wardrobe to make getting dressed and picking outfits fun again. Plus a bonus download so you can start your own capsule wardrobe.
Why is getting dressed so hard! Or maybe I should say, why is getting dressed in something other than sweats and yoga pants so hard???
Back when I was fresh out of college in my first job, I had sort of a uniform for work. Not a real uniform, mind you, but a set of blouses, pants, skirts that for the most part all could be mixed and matched. Add some black and navy pumps, a couple of jackets, and I was good to go.
I added things and subtracted things according to the seasons, but it was pretty easy to get dressed in the morning (assuming I had pantyhose that were clean and didn’t have runs! That is not something I miss at all!!)
Casual Friday was actually fun because you could pull out your cute tops, sweaters, and jeans and mix things up a bit.
My Spring Capsule Wardrobe
Fast forward to today…… My workdays in a corporate environment are no more. I’ve gone from stay at home mom to part-time engineer and now I’m a freelancer that gets to work from home each day. Thus, my love of yoga pants and sweats.
But lately, I’ve been trying to spiff things up a bit and I’ve been testing out the idea of a spring capsule wardrobe.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is simply a mix of tops, bottoms, layers, and accessories that all go together. Kind of like my fresh out of college work wardrobe.
The difference now is I am building my spring capsule wardrobe out of casual, but still presentable pieces, so I always feel pulled together.
Why would you want to start a capsule wardrobe?
- Because you want to look great and feel pulled together every day
- To hit the “easy button” every morning and get dressed without thinking
- To stop buying things that you never wear and just sit in your closet.
- It makes packing for travel a breeze.
- You want to simplify your fashion life.
- To spend less on clothing and really love what you wear.
Five simple steps to your best capsule wardrobe
- Think about your style – go to Pinterest and take a look. Are you classic, minimalist, athletic? Do you need a work wardrobe, outfits for date night or just fun casual clothes? Your capsule can be whatever style you most love.
- Pick a base color -usually black, navy, or brown.
- Pick a couple of neutrals that compliment your base color like grey, white, tan, ivory. Then pick a couple of accent colors that are flattering to you.
- Clean out your closet and pull out those things that fit you, that you feel great wearing, and that fit your style. Those things will be part of your capsule.
- Print out my Capsule Wardrobe Worksheet to see what you already have, and what you need to add to your wardrobe.
The great thing about building a capsule wardrobe is that you probably have a lot of foundation pieces already tucked away in your drawers or closet. (I had gray jeans, blue jeans, white jeans, white and grey t-shirts, a couple of cardigans and a chambray long sleeve shirt already.)
A capsule wardrobe is something that you can build over time, just buying a couple of pieces every season. Because you’ll be buying pieces with a plan in mind, you’ll actually wear them instead of pushing them to the back of your closet or donating them next time you clean out your closet.
I have found that having a capsule wardrobe plan actually helps me when I go shopping. I am less drawn to the wear-once trendy items because I’m thinking about how they will fit in with the clothes I already have.
A Peek at my Spring Capsule Wardrobe
This is me on a day where I was in and out of the car running errands. Nothing fancy, just grey jeans, a white T-shirt, navy cardigan and a cute neckerchief. But I felt great going both to Home Depot as well as Nordstrom. I even got a couple of compliments and that always feels great!
If you’ve been feeling a bit frumpy and not fashionably pulled together, starting a capsule wardrobe can pull you out of that funk.
It makes getting dressed a snap and feeling good about the way you look a daily occurrence again. After all, we’re fun and fabulous, aren’t we?
Next season, I’m even going to try a 10 x 10 challenge where I wear 10 outfits made from only 10 items.
How do you manage your wardrobe? Have you ever thought about giving a capsule wardrobe a try?
Want my free Capsule Wardrobe Checklist?
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