Create a Capsule Wardrobe {Day 3 to a Renewed You}

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Create a capsule wardrobe from well-loved clothing items. You’ll feel like you went shopping for free.

Create a Capsule Wardrobe {Day 2 to a Renewed You} - a 12-part series to renew yourself on Life as MOM

Today’s assignment is to create a capsule wardrobe.

We often think that we need new clothes when really what we need to do is clear some space and give the clothes we already have new life. I’ve found that a capsule wardrobe ( a select combination of pieces that perfectly mix and match) helps me feel good about my body as well as helps me get ready quickly each day.

I spent a lot of time determining a wardrobe to take on our month-long trip to France. I was pressed for space, but really wanted to look good no matter where we were. (You can see everything I took here.) I packed very few items, but amazingly, I never felt under or over dressed. In France!

Creating a mix and match, or capsule wardrobe can help you feel put together all the time. It gets bonus points because laundry is quick and easy to do and you don’t have that struggle each morning to figure out what to wear. The best part is that you can shop your closet to create one!

I’ve been doing this every season for several years now and I find that it gives me a boost and makes me enjoy my clothes anew.

Follow these tips for creating a capsule wardrobe:

How to create a capsule wardrobe:

1. Get rid of the stuff you don’t like.

This is the easiest and best thing you can do for yourself. If it doesn’t fit or you don’t like it, GET RID OF IT.

Need coaching on this step? Go read this post about how to clean out your closet.

2. Choose two to three favorite colors.

I chose a few colors (blue, red, and teal) that coordinated well with each other as well as with black, white, and khaki.

Create a Capsule Wardrobe {Day 2 to a Renewed You} - a 12-part series to renew yourself on Life as MOM

3. Pick out a week (or two)’s worth of clothes.

I do laundry once a week. On our trip, it was about as frequent. I have no qualms, however, about wearing my jeans a few times before washing them. I’m resurrecting my travel wardrobe with a few changes for the new year:

Here’s how I’ve narrowed things down currently:

  • 2 pair skinny jeans
  • 1 black skirt
  • 1 khaki short
  • 1 long sleeve black and white striped dress
  • 4 tank tops for layering: black, teal, red, and black-and-white striped
  • 3 short sleeve tshirts: black, white, and khaki
  • 3 long sleeve shirts: red, white, and navy blue
  • 3 sweaters: red, striped, and blue
  • 1 cardigan: khaki

Obviously, your weather and lifestyle will dictate different choices. Don’t freak out that you’ll have “nothing to wear”. You’ll be surprised how much less is more.

4. Put the rest of your stuff aside.

Isolate your chosen capsule wardrobe from the rest of the stuff you own. Don’t get rid of the clothing that works until you know how low you can go in terms of a capsule wardrobe.

I’ve got things narrowed down to 19 items, not including shoes and accessories. I can make that work but I may also dig into my t-shirt stash if the weather doesn’t cooperate with me. Amy over at MomAdvice has her capsule set at 37. You can check that over here.

The point of a capsule wardrobe is that your clothing choices are narrowed down to the items that you love and that work well together. Like my dejunking of the kitchen, it’s actually more fun to use a few loved items than to dig through many things that I don’t really like.

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This post is part of a 12-part series, 12 Days to a Renewed You. You can read through the archives here.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. June Combs says:

    Oh Jessica 19 pieces! I am starting on basement storage first? But I will never get down to 19 pieces! I have 1 more giant meal to prepare new years day plus constant chaos here until 1/5/15 Then i will start on decluttering and organizing! I will use your blog for help! Its all good advice except 19 pieces? I have 19 sweaters i hide behind? I’m keeping them! I really like your advice on colors, I assume you meant per season.

  2. I had to do something similar when we were working and living “on the road”. All we could take were some clothes and very few personal possessions. I used navy and black (and denim) as my basic neutral colors, then picked various tops that had to co-ordinate with both–red, white, cream, fuschia, pink, teal, etc. I think I may have thrown in a pair of white capris for summer, but that was the basis of my wardrobe, and pretty much everything went with everything else. After I got back home, I started branching out and adding a few colors, but honestly, I still reach for my tried-and true basics, so I think going back to a system like that makes a world of sense!

  3. I’m hoping to do something similar. But I do have a question…..are these what you are wearing around the house? Because the clothes look a LOT nicer than what I wear when staying home! I don’t like to wear my nicer things when cooking, cleaning, gardening, etc. because they won’t be nicer for long! I do hope to put together a capsule wardrobe for the days I have substitute teaching jobs, which is 4-5 days per week!

    • These are for when I leave my house mostly. But, now that we’re past baby spit up, I can get by with wearing them at home. Some days I’m much more accomplished if I get dressed more nicely.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I think 37 would be more realistic for me! I have WAY too many clothes!! I just parted with a huge box but I still have a ton. I rarely buy new stuff, so it doesn’t represent a big budget for me. But I really like clothes and changing styles, so I never manage to limit the number of items in my closet. This is a tough one for me.

  5. Great idea! I think I will give it some thought and see what happens.

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