I was first inspired to create a capsule wardrobe after being introduced to Unfancy . Caroline (Unfancy’s owner) is stylish and kind and an amazing blogger. After reading her posts I felt so inspired; however, I just couldn’t get started.
I would give few items of clothing away at a time without making a real dent in my wardrobe. I also couldn’t seem to get a sense of what my style was. As fashionable and beautiful as Caroline is, she works from home and didn’t have any “professional” or “work” attire. As a graduate student, I work twenty hours a week in a Career and Academic Planning office. I am a career counselor and academic advisor to undergraduate students, and I have to balance work clothes with casual clothes- without losing my sense of style.
Then my sister recommended the now infamous The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I read this beautiful little book and soaked up every word, and I realized that I needed to declutter everything in my apartment- not just my clothes. So I began decluttering and donating so much that I took four or five garbage bags of items to my local thrift shop every week. (I know this book isn’t for everyone but I was raised both Hindu and Mennonite and the concepts in this book had me smiling and nodding my head with each page I read.)
Four months later and I am still giving things away. Four months later and I finally have a capsule wardrobe that makes me so happy. Four months later and I don’t stress about getting dressed each day because I love every single item I own. Four months later and the lifestyle of simple (or slow) living and minimalism has brightened my heart and given me so much energy.
Here is my current (2015/2016) Winter Capsule.
Faux suede skirt
3 pairs of jeans, two pairs of dress pants, 3 pairs of leggings
Black pleated skirt
6 pairs of shoes
I don’t have a specific target number of items but I’m comfortable with about 35-38.
I hope this is somewhat interesting or helpful!
I’m happy to answer any questions or give more details as needed. I’ll be back with another simple day very soon.