Hi beloveds! I’m so excited to share this project with you. I happened upon this idea a couple months ago and knew immediately I needed to do it. If you’ve ever stood in your closet full of clothes and muttered the words, “I have nothing to wear,” (or possibly grumbled and growled those words loudly while throwing your clothes all over the floor), then this is for you.
I realized I was tired of hearing those words come out of my mouth. How could I possibly say that I had nothing to wear when I clearly have plenty of clothes? I have more than I could ever need, and there are many who live with so much less. I was being taught a huge lesson of misguided attachment to material items that had become a distraction. I knew I needed to pursue minimalism and refocus my heart, I just wasn’t sure how to go about this without throwing all my clothes away.
Two days later, I came across the capsule wardrobe. The basic premise is to go through your closet each season and narrow down your clothing to a small number of things you actually wear. So, those items that collect dust in the back of your closet that you keep around because, “there might be a day when I’ll need this” have to go. Because there are plenty of people out there that will wear them, and these clothes are doing no good in the dark corner of your closet. It was quite clear that this project was the answer to my prayerful reflection.
There are many ways of creating a capsule wardrobe, and this is just how I did it based on my style and needs. The items will vary based on comfort, location, lifestyle, and needs so be creative and enjoy the process!
The first thing I did was grab some bags and start pulling out those back-of-the-closet clothes. I filled the bags while reminding myself of the purpose of doing this. I prayed that God would help me disconnect from my possessions and allow these clothes to bless others. I was amazed at how quickly the bags were filled and how much better I felt with each item that went into them.
I typically wear neutral clothing, which is wonderful for intermixing – something that comes in handy with a condensed wardrobe. I also wanted to make sure I included pops of color and some fun patterns to spice up the neutral tones. I didn’t include workout items, business attire, accessories (my hats would take up half my wardrobe) and pajamas/undergarments. I went through those items as well and downsized, but those were moved and organized in a different spot.
I packed away clothing worn in other seasons that I’ll get to once the season shifts. The exception was a sweater, a jacket and some pants. I live by the beach in Southern California so weather can be unpredictable, and a summer storm or cooler nights may require a jacket and some jeans.
Once I had finished, I ended up with 28 items of clothing and my closet has never felt so inviting.
Here’s my final summer capsule wardrobe list:
1. Army green utility jacket
2. Light cream sweater
3. Floral button-up blouse
4. Chambray top (my favorite item because I can throw it over pretty much everything)
5. Sky blue HE>i tank top (amazing company from Hawaii – look them up!)
6. Light blue and white long lace tank top
7. White and tan striped dress with belt (I wear this one all the time – #targetdoesitagain)
8. Simple white tank top
9. Black and white patterned blouse
10. Black and white striped t-shirt (another favorite – Urban Outfitters for the win)
11. Dark grey t-shirt
12. Long flowing black tank top with white embroidery
13. Black long sleeve off the shoulder bohemian top
14. Black shorts
15. Jean shorts
16. White shorts
17. Floral tie up top
18. Light floral dress (staple for summer)
19. Aztec print dress (this is the dress for everything: casual day time, date night, evening out with the girls, and even church!)
20. Bright summer dress (great for summer BBQs)
21. Black jeans (I would sleep in these if I could)
22. Army green pants (a new gift from my boyfriend’s mom – love this color!)
23. Black sandals
24. Tan flats
25. Brown boots
26. Tan and white striped Toms
27. Black and white Chucks
28. White Chucks (because chucks deserve two spots)
I know this doesn’t look like a lot of clothing, but these are the items that I always go to, so it’s just a perspective shift. I was actually quite surprised at how quickly I had narrowed down the items. This process helped me declutter my closet and my mind. It shifted my focus to more important things, and by building an intentional wardrobe, has helped me eliminate unnecessary shopping, which has freed me from monetary bonds.
So how do you go about building your capsule wardrobe?
1. Pick a number of clothes that you want to try and narrow down to (I chose 30 and ended up with 28).
2. Based on the season, decide what types of clothing you’ll need to have. Think about the palette you’d like to build around and what your staple items will be. Consider having basic items that are easily intermixed. The idea is that you should be able to mix up your wardrobe with different combinations so solid colors are key. But be sure to add some spice with patterns and textures.
3. Time to clean out that closet! Put all the clothing you don’t wear/haven’t worn in forever away or into bags to give away. If you think you might have some trouble getting rid of things, ask a friend or family member who can assist you in kicking those unused clothes to the curb.
4. Once those clothes are out of the closet and your mind, reorganize your clothes in whatever way you choose that will make your clothes most accessible and inviting. I organize by color and clothing type.
5. Remix every few months when seasons shift. Don’t feel bad about getting a couple of new things that you would like to add to your wardrobe when it’s time to remix.
The key is to be creative and have fun with it! Enjoy the light feeling and full heart that come with a redirected focus.
“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15