Hi guys! I lost my capsule mojo this fall, but I think I've found it again. I didn't use a capsule wardrobe this fall, and I had mixed results. On one hand, it was fun to use all my clothes and not feel limited to a certain number of items. On the other hand, I had a mess of clothes from late summer, fall, and winter jumbled together in my closet. There were several times when I tried to get dressed and felt like I had nothing to wear. I felt frustrated and like I was wasting time.
So I'm back! I cleaned out my closet, put away all the summer and early fall stuff (anything that's too lightweight for winter weather), and donated a few things. I organized everything so that similar items are together. I tried on some clothes to make sure they fit right now (I weigh a bit more than I did last winter, and a recent spate of eating cheesecake and cookies has added to the situation).
Now everything in my closet is right for the season, for what colors I like now, and what fits now. I thought I'd put together a small capsule to use as my wardrobe base. I can use those as my defaults to make quick outfits, and layer on variations when I have more time or imagination. If I feel like wearing something outside of that capsule, I will! I'm not imposing many strict rules on myself this season.* I'm just making my life easier by choosing some outfit components ahead of time. When I'm in a rush to get kids to school, I'll know I can grab anything from the capsule and it will work.
*My one rule is that I'm not buying any new clothes this winter. I have plenty of stuff that I love and I don't need anything.
I'll admit that I wore baggy sweatpants to preschool drop-off twice this fall! I was a little embarrassed and would rather not repeat that. Even though I was really cozy and physically comfortable, I didn't feel like I had on "real" pants for going out in public. It was psychologically uncomfortable.
I'm choosing 20 items for my base capsule and I'll share them with you this week. I think it will be fun to make and share outfits again.