Capsule Wardrobe First Update

February 05, 2019

One month later and we are still working on solidifying our capsule wardrobes! To keep you in the loop, we've put together a one-month follow up to share our experience, how we are liking the minimal wardrobe, and some outfit recommendations that we love. Happy reading! 

Juli:
Hello! Its been about a month since I’ve cleaned out my closet and pared down to only items that brought me “joy” (thank you Marie Kondo).  I've actually enjoyed this challenge a lot more than I thought I would.  Limiting my options made it so much easier for me to get dressed in the mornings and run out the door.  I think it helped that my “style” runs casual and this challenge was during the winter months where my go-to outfits would typically revolve around a combination of sweater, jeans/pants and boots anyway.  

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put together outfits with a limited selection and how by changing up an item here or there, I was able to modify the outfit so it didn’t look like I was wearing the same thing everyday.  But then again, even if I did, I’m not sure anyone would notice or if they did notice, would say anything 🤭

Below are some outfits that I wore this last month using 2 shirts, 1 sweater, 1 sweater/jacket, and 2 pairs of jeans.

That’s it for this month.  Check back in in March to see how I fare once the weather starts getting warmer… 

Juli's Capsule Wardrobe
Kristin:
Hello again! I’m here with an update on my minimized wardrobe for the past month. If you read last month’s posts, you’ll remember that I DEFINITELY didn’t cut down my wardrobe to the “35 pieces” that a normal capsule wardrobe calls for…  BUT I have still been trying to slim down my closet and use what I actually have.

This month I've learned that I'm always worried about not having enough clothes, yet I wear the same clothes constantly. Basically, my "style" is either a sweater with tall boots, or a plain shirt with jeans and a jacket to “fancy it up.” And personally, I'm fine with it! I rarely have photos taken and the majority of the people I see in a day are boys - who, let's be honest, wouldn't notice if I wore a onesie for three days straight. 🤷🏽‍♀️ So with that in mind, I was able to give away more items that I was keeping for a "but what if I have to climb a tree covered in paint?" or a "but what if the Queen of England stops by?" Just.... no. 

SO with that second round of clutter eliminated after a brief trial period, I was able to start seeing what I could do with a smaller (admittedly still pretty large) amount of clothes. I do still have quite a bit to work with, but I didn't want to suddenly start wearing complicated outfits that took an hour to put together just so that I could wear everything I own.

So I tried putting together some outfits that use my favorites while using an element here and there to make the outfits look different to people who don't know I've been wearing the same 5 things the last 3 weeks. I was happily surprised at how easily this was done! I could quickly throw together 6 outfits using the same 5 items. (Admittedly due to the fact that I am the monotone closet QUEEN and everything matched pretty easily - white, black, and grey for the win)

Doing this, I came to the conclusion that layers are my friend when it comes to re-wearing items without anyone noticing 🤫 Switching out a jacket or adding a scarf completely changed the outfit and I no longer needed 10 different shirts, bottoms, and jackets to make 10 different outfits! (I've outlined a few that I made below using only 2 shirts, 2 jackets, and a pair of jeans below.)

Another tip I found while trying to use older items in my outfits was that you can make plain items look nice with a simple cuff or scrunch. For example, t-shirts that I love but only wore to bed ended up being my favorite errand shirts by cuffing the sleeves and tucking it into my favorite pair of jeans.

That's all for my one month update, but I look forward to checking back in in March! 

Kristin's Capsule Wardrobe

Clothing Items:
2. Soft grey turtle neck: Vici Collection Henry Sweater
3. Grey moto jacket: Lulu's Suede Moto Jacket
5. Black "leather" jacket: Asos Vila faux leather jacket
Accessories:
1. Tassel shoes: Sole Society Hadlee Loafers
2. Black flats: Target Mohana Flats



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