My Capsule Wardrobe Project

My Capsule Wardrobe Project

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After downright scorning the idea of a capsule wardrobe for a few years and then slightly toying with it for several years more, I finally did it: I conducted a brutal closet purge, then identified the exact types of pieces needed to fill in the gaps and shopped for only those items.

My capsule wardrobe was born.

The results of my capsule wardrobe

  1. Everything fits into my closet, making it much easier to find what I’m looking for.
  2. Everything in my closet fits me, which saves SO much time.
  3. (Almost) everything in my closet is something I love to wear.  Still working on this one!
  4. Many of the pieces coordinate, which simplifies the process of creating outfits.
  5. There are fewer options to choose from, which also saves SO much time.

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Why I resisted a capsule wardrobe

The first time I heard about a capsule wardrobe, I thought it was the most ridiculous thing.  I love to get dressed!  I love piecing together outfits.  I love accessorizing.  My husband agreed: he would hate it if I wore only a few different pieces in rotation.

At the same time, I hate spending too much money on clothes.  I’ve always loved shopping thrift stores and second hand shops in order to save money, but also for the challenge of piecing together an awesome wardrobe from whatever was available.

It might be related to the reason I love to decorate with junk fill our home with vintage, distressed, second hand furniture and repurposed items.  Anyone can pick out a bunch of new stuff from a store room or a catalog, but it takes talent and resourcefulness to create a thoughtful, original and welcoming space using pieces that have a story.

The same goes for a wardrobe: anyone can pick out stylish outfits from a popular store or online retailer, but it takes something more to curate a unique and still stylish look from secondhand finds and sale items.

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It was time

Anyhoo, fast forward through about eight years, seven pregnancies, three children, three (nonsequential) years of breastfeeding, plus hypothyroidism, a move to an older home with a teeny closet, and the rise and fall of several major fashion trends in the world at large, and I found myself staring repeatedly into a too small, awkwardly shaped closet overflowing with outdated, ill fitting articles of clothing that were mostly just taking up time and space in my life.


It was time.

Time to say goodbye to most of my wardrobe and start afresh with pieces that actually fit and looked good.

Ready to create your own capsule wardrobe?  Start here: How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe – Part One.

The Capsule Wardrobe Series


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  1. tharrington79 on 01/19/2016 at 1:07 pm

    I love this idea! Can;t wait to hear more about this!

  2. Cheryl Ann on 01/19/2016 at 1:30 pm

    I’m about ready to retire and I need to do this. And, yes, I, too LOVE thrift stores!

    • Kathleen on 01/26/2016 at 8:32 pm

      You can do it, Cheryl Ann! 🙂

  3. Jeannie J on 01/19/2016 at 7:11 pm

    I am so glad I found this site a few days ago! Now I am staged to hear how to do this Capsule Wardrobe idea. I am, as I procrastinate writing this, in the process of trying to par down my closet! Seriously great timing! I am also ready to be brutal and get rid of everything that “almost works”. Maybe we can gain back control together! ☺️

  4. Carly on 01/19/2016 at 9:46 pm

    You cliffhangered me! I was all excited to forward your article….I know a few ladies that are into thrift store shopping and I think would LOVE you. I personally have hated my closet for years. I have a bunch of fat and skinner clothes. I’m having weight loss surgery in Feb and will purge as I go! Would love tips on what to do with those smaller sizes I know I’ll get back into in the next year. I don’t want to forget and miss their moments.

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