Hello everyone! Today I’d like to share with you my process for minimizing a capsule wardrobe. This warm season capsule has been curated over the last 5 – 8 years & many core pieces will carry nicely into the coming season. However, I want to ensure each piece is in good condition, hasn’t become “dated” & truly reflects my personal style.
People change. You change.
Just think, there are garments you wore five years ago that you no longer wear. Some garments you wear now, you wouldn’t choose in the next five years.
Personal style evolves, lifestyles change, and a well-functioning capsule should reflect your life as it is now. A bit of style & color inspiration each season will keep your capsule looking fresh & like “you”.
- Replace/Upgrade dresses
- Add colorful tops
- Have fewer, more functional items
Since the best capsule you can own is the one you already have ~ I’ll begin by shopping my own closet!
Your closet needs & goals will be different. Hopefully walking through the minimizing process will give you a framework on where to start. Hopefully, you get some ideas & inspiration!
Some of my dresses work better than others so my goal is to replace/upgrade for a wider variety in color & better fit.
Evaluation: (L to R):
- White ~ a great classic, but I don’t reach for it ~ “on trial”
- Pink Floral ~ sleeveless, too long – hem it, add sleeves?
- Red Print ~ perfect ~ keep
- Polka dot ~ fabulous year-round piece ~ keep
- Black ~ great for formal occasions ~ keep
Evaluation (left to right):
- Periwinkle print ~ perfect ~ keep!
- Geometric ~ too short ~ goodbye
- Coral floral ~ pretty, starting to pill ~ replace as needed
- Pink rose ~ perfect ~ keep!
- Kelly green ~ great, too hot for summer ~store away
Next up, tops & cardigans
I was surprised how cohesive the color palette was here, easily diving into three sections. Neutral, coral/red, and blue/black.
- Lace vest ~ pretty, but I never wear it “on trial”
- White t-shirt ~ didn’t wear it last season “on trial”
- Gold Stripe ~ great for layering
- French Graphic t ~ love it, but it’s sheer…
- Lace front ~ layers well
- Polka dot ~ cute, but sleeve band is too tight. hmm… remove sleeves & layer with a cardigan?
- Vintage silk dot~ love this, neckline too low & a bit sheer
- Stripe ~ cute, but boxy
- Vintage floral ~ love, but hot for summer… make short sleeved?
- Coral ~ good, but was stained…
- Floral shell ~ A favorite!
- Cap sleeve floral ~ perfect!
- Pinstripe button ~ perfect!
- Floral t ~ cute, too long
- Navy t ~ rarely worn
- Black bell sleeve ~ perfect!
- Leopard ~ love this…make short sleeved, or store for fall?
- Taupe pebble ~ probably one of my most worn cardis, love it!
- Lilac ~ love the color, but it’s thick with 3/4 sleeves making it challenging for any season.
- Leaf ~ absolute fav, hope it never dies!
- Rose ~ lovely color, a bit thin (cheapy)
- Ruby ~ great find, works in fall too
- Navy ~ great almost year-round piece
- Black sweater ~ easy, instant class.
- Blush ~ gorgeous, need to style & wear more!
- Vintage Red ~ favorite! Remove shoulder pads
- Beige ~ classic, timeless cut
And now the bottoms:
These skirts are set aside for my spring/summer capsule. Too many unworn choices, time to minimize…
- Too many of the same (black & white)
- Poor fit/too short
- Color works poorly with palette
Results: Skirts kept for this spring/summer capsule wardrobe.
Evaluation: (L to R):
- Green floral ~ perfect! Great color options.
- Coral ~ a little loose & long… “on trial”
- Camel ~ love!
- Black & white print ~ Great!
- Denim ~ wonderfully useful!
Note: I’d like to try a daffodil yellow skirt…
Three church skirts
- Scroll pattern ~ elegant & simple, keep!
- Lace overlay ~ Kate Middleton inspired favorite! 😉
- Black pencil ~ classic
- Navy 1940’s pencil ~ classic, fits great!
Lastly, pants & capris
- Pink straight leg ~ adorable, too stretchy
- Sand capris ~ great fit
- Denim capris ~ goes with everything
- Black capris ~ chic & classic
What I’m Minimizing:
These pieces have been “on trial” since last spring/summer. This “on trial” step to evaluate clothes helps me to not discard too quickly. This saves time & money later from replacing pieces actually needed.
These pieces will be finding a new home. Consider selling your unworn or gently used clothing & use the cash to purchase pieces from your shopping list!
A minimal every day capsule wardrobe!
By minimizing my capsule at the beginning of each season getting dressed is easier, more fun, & I have a better idea of the pieces needed to fill any gaps.
This season’s shopping list includes: a dress or two, colorful tops, & possibly a yellow, or coral cardigan.
I hope this post has been helpful & inspiring for your capsule wardrobe journey!
Please let me know in the comment box below what your challenges are in this process? Do you have any tips to share?