As you may have read in my previous Resolutions post, I am attempting a 3 Month Capsule Wardrobe this winter. The hope is that I can really streamline my life and minimize the amount of unwanted or unworn clothing hanging in my closet. Thanks to the help of an amazing new company, Capsules by Cladwell, I was able to really take this process step by step using a tool that reinvented my closet in ways I never thought possible!
Check out the whole process in this amazing video my friend Cassie helped me create, and then read more about my journey after the jump!
MY CAPSULE RULES
REMEMBER THAT EVERYONE’S CAPSULE JOURNEY IS DIFFERENT!
+ I will only wear my 40-50 capsule pieces for the 3 month period
(note that as little as 15 items may work for you,
but this range works for my versatile and busy lifestyle)
+ During this 3 month winter season, I will not shop for clothing or shoes
(AHHH, Pray for me ladies!)
+ Winter coats, Accessories, and shoes do not count in my 50 item limit
(because they’re promising a frigid January,
and jumbo layers are where it’s at…)
+ Undergarments, workout wear and pajamas are not included in the list
(LBH… morning trips to the coffee shop/market
will likely involve an item or two from this category)
WHY I WANTED TO SIMPLIFY MY WARDROBE:
HOW I APPROACHED MY CAPSULE CLOSET
I then followed the app’s instructions of eliminating seasonal pieces that wouldn’t be relevant in the winter, and folded them up to be placed out of sight until spring. Placing all of my remaining pieces on the closet rack, I really felt accomplished with what simplicity I had just created; A sense of peace washed over me. **Of course I panicked and immediately after finishing I FaceTime’d my BFF Jenna to express my loneliness, and whine about whether I was doing the right thing. She was wholeheartedly supportive and I instantly felt better about the whole thing, and in fact felt like I had a whole new closet full of pieces i couldn’t WAIT to style! She is the best!
After finally selecting your capsule pieces, you can plug in information about the color palate you selected, your daily activities from work to date night and everything in between, and what types of clothes you wear. Capsules will then help you develop a list of the types of pieces that would be ideal for your lifestyle. You can plug in information about the pieces you already have, and learn more about the pieces they suggest. by checking Yes/No if you own the piece they suggest, it will create a list of items that you can use to create a shopping list. I LOVE how far Capsules goes to help make your capsule wardrobe the most efficient and exciting new way to view your closet!
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
I really wish I could have selected a few less pieces, but I love layering, and having any less than one sweater for every day of the week wasn’t going to work for my thin blood in this winter weather! I really hope to learn, now with even less choice, which pieces I continue to love, and which ones I can further do without.
What I love about this app is that it is completely unique to you and your lifestyle, just as it is today. The challenge is simply to beat fast fashion and re-think your closet. I found that every visit to the mall had me itching to swipe my card, never leaving empty handed. While I believe that retail therapy is absolutely a REAL form of release, I was tired of succumbing to the act of selfish shopping. I hope that at the end of this project, I can really think long and hard before bringing new pieces home, and that I can begin shopping with purpose, intention, and only for pieces that bring JOY and cohesiveness to my personal style!
MORE ABOUT CAPSULES BY CLADWELL
As a solution to fast fashion, we built a site that generates a simple wardrobe by focusing on your personal preferences and the activities in your life. Users check-off the items you own, and only buy what you need. So you can clear out the clutter and get on with what really matters in life.
See we believe that sometimes we buy clothes just because they’re cheap or new. Over time, this creates clutter in our homes, hearts and minds. At Capsules, we want to make lives better and we believe we can do that by helping you own less while loving it more.