Before having a capsule wardrobe, I was a stay-at-home mom wearing sweats more often than real clothes. My closet was so packed with hand-me-downs, gifts, and stuff from impulse shopping runs that it was a mess. I was a mess.
Feeling bad about how you look can affect the way you perceive yourself. It can send a message of self-doubt or self-care.
At the time, I never felt put-together. I didn't know what to wear and trying to find something that went together from my packed closet was overwhelming. It would take me an hour to find an outfit and there'd be a huge pile on the bed. Even if I managed to scrape something together, it often didn't feel authentically me.
When I happened upon an article about a capsule wardrobe, it jumped off the page to me.
A simple solution to my crazy morning and an easy way to mange my closet? Yes, please! I decided to try it. I started getting rid of anything that did not fit, that was worn, that was torn/stained, and that I didn't love. That removed a large portion from my closet right away.
I wanted my clothes to feel authentically me but I wasn't even completely sure what that looked like. So I started paying attention to the clothes I loved wearing and what items I felt most happy in. I whittled my wardrobe down some more by getting rid of things that I never reached for. My very own style began to emerge in the remaining set of clothes.
This simple act of cleaning out my wardrobe and having clothes I loved within easy reach, had an immediate good effect on my mornings. I was able to quickly pull out an outfit I felt good in, and be ready in minutes.
I felt prepared for the day and that influenced the way I felt about myself and how I dealt with the kids. Because I was caring for myself, I found myself caring better for them. I could make a quick run to the store without having to "clean myself up". Someone could stop by and I didn't feel embarrassed to be seen.
The more I learned about capsule wardrobes and how many outfits I could make with a small set, the more energized and excited I became. The more clothes I let go of, the happier I felt. If the house was a wreck, I could open my closet and see all the beautiful spaciousness there.
The reason I share about creating a capsule wardrobe, is because I know there are women like me, who are overwhelmed.
You are so busy with all you do, that style seems like a luxury you don't have time for. My heart goes out to you because feeling good about your appearance doesn't have to take a lot of time and it doesn't have to be hard. You don't have to be high fashion to look nice and feel human again.
My goal is to make it easy for you to have something to wear that feels authentically you and doesn't take away from all you're needing to do in a day.
If you struggle with your wardrobe, please leave me a comment. I'd really like to encourage you! You can also scroll through my tips to help create a simple wardrobe you'll enjoy.
Your style is hidden in the similarities of your wardrobe.
Often, because we love certain styles, our wardrobe reflects that. It may be a certain brand, or a type of fabric or a certain dress style that you gravitate to. But whatever it is, you will be able to recognize your style by the similarities in your closet. You may not have even been aware of buying similar items but now you can uncover that secret style.
Your wardrobe has a theme running through it that may not, at first glance, be obvious. You probably aren't wearing the same thing everyday but the things you return to, have a similar thread. Look at your top favorite 20 pieces in your wardrobe. What is alike about them? Do they have the same colors? Are they similar styles? Do they usually have the same fabric? Maybe it's jeans, or maybe it's a color you love wearing or perhaps it's the cut of your clothes that you return to. Those similarities are your style. You love something about that common thread and it's important to pay attention to that. Maybe growing up by the ocean, you love seaside colors. Or if you're fighting your way up the career ladder, maybe all your pieces give off a business vibe. Maybe you're a new mom who's always on the ground or running after crawling babies and your wardrobe is durable. Whatever your similarities are, take note of them and place an importance on them in selecting and whittling your wardrobe. These similarities are super important because they have a connection for you of something valuable in your life. Be proud of the things that make you, you. Create a wardrobe with these values in it and you will be much happier with your outfits. You will wear clothes longer and feel more vital in them. What similarities did you find?
When traveling, you don't want to be loaded down with lots of clothing and a humongous suitcase. So instead of trying to pack everything "just in case", pack light with versatile pieces and the ability to make multiple outfits.
This set is a good mix of dressy, casual and cozy. Traveling in the fall and winter months, it's important to remember you might run into some very cold days along with the unseasonably warm ones. Layers are key to being prepared for any kind of day.