I’m sitting here writing in black yoga pants…and I have no plans of going to yoga today. That’s a no-no in a lot of circles, but especially when you’re planning an intentional capsule wardrobe!
What is a capsule wardrobe? There is some variation in the number of items, but it’s a set number of items of clothing, shoes, and accessories for a season. Courtney Carver of Project 333 chooses a seasonal capsule wardrobe of 33 items for 3 months. She counts clothing (including coats), shoes, jewelry, and accessories in her 33 items. She does not count underwear, lounge around the house clothes, and workout clothes (if you’re actually working out) in her 33 items (hence the reference above to my yoga pants…).
Decluttering Clothes with the KonMari Method
I’ve edited my clothes using the KonMari Method over a year ago and donated and recycled over three large garbage bags full of my and my husband’s clothes. Since that time I may have bought one or two items, but the amount of clothing in my closet has felt fine. I know that not every single piece sparked joy but they were mostly being used.
I recently saw a documentary, The True Cost (on Netflix streaming now) on the detrimental environmental effects as well as human rights violations involved in fast fashion. It opened my eyes to how I need to consider how and who I buy my few clothing purchases from.
One of the other things that watching the documentary stirred in me is the fact that I should be more intentional about what I actually keep. Sure, I went through once and asked if each piece of clothing “sparked joy” but now I wanted to go through again and try to put intentional pieces together to form a capsule wardrobe.
Step 1 to starting an intentional capsule wardrobe
The two questions I had going in to this were:
- How many pieces of clothing did I actually have?
- Would I be able to form a cohesive, attractive capsule wardrobe of 33 pieces for the season?
Here are all my clothes piled on top of our bed:
It turns out that I had:
- 2 formal skirts
- 1 black blazer
- 2 brown blazers
- 5 skirts
- 14 dresses
- 5 button down shirts
- 6 pairs of jeans
- 6 pairs of pants (slacks)
- 20 shirts (casual and work tops)
- 4 tank tops
- 19 sweaters (pullovers/cardigans/turtlenecks)
That is a grand total of 84 total items in my bedroom closet and dresser. I do have a raincoat, a jean jacket, a khaki coat, a windbreaker, and 2 cold weather coats not included. If I included those, that would be 90 items of clothing. I haven’t looked at my shoes yet but I don’t have many.
Donate and Recycle
I immediately put in the donate pile:
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 cardigan
- 3 shirts (for recycling – 2 are threadbare but I wore them around the house because they were colorful, and the other had a few stains.)
I also immediately knew I would put 2 nice pair of black slacks in the thredUP pile. They’re too small in the waist and I’m finally facing that fact. I held onto them this long because they’re more expensive pants and I even had one pair tailored.
I could squeeze into them comfortably in the morning, but by mid-day, I was doing the first trimester pregnancy thing of wrapping a rubber band around the top button to keep it from being too obvious that I had undone my top button. (Was that oversharing? I hope I’m not the only one who has done that!) Anyway, it is time for them to go, and for me to find a pair of black slacks that actually fit…all day long.
Next step, divide my clothes into Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter wardrobes, then inventory my shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Now the burning question is, should my yoga pants be counted as item #91?
Have you experimented with a capsule wardrobe? Want to join me?
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