My First Capsule Wardrobe

May 29, 2019

The idea of a capsule wardrobe had always intrigued me, though the act and effort to do so did not. Until now.  For reasons unknown, I donated every article of clothing from my postpartum time with Owen, leaving me reaching for the entirety of my doubly ill-fitting maternity and pre-baby wardrobe long after I returned to work after I gave birth to Asher, sending my already fragile postpartum self-esteem into a further tailspin. 

I had recently begun working out again and knew the necessary wardrobe pieces had to be transitional, taking account for not only my changing body but my self-esteem as well.  At my wit's end, I decided to give a capsule wardrobe a try - enter my first capsule wardrobe. I'll admit, the initial research and preparation were laborious at the time.  Thankfully, I'd given myself just over a month to weed through my closet (a long overdue task), find my "uniform", complete the wardrobe planner and source pieces.

And, because I am the epitome of OCD, I logged the contents of my wardrobe into the Finery app, which makes me feel very much like Cher, circa Clueless.

Spring Wardrobe (April to June)

Shopping List: 
  • Long sleeve tops/sweaters
  • Casual/Athleisure tops
  • Sports bras
  • Underwear
  • High waisted jeans
  • Dresses 
  • Swimsuit
  • Gym Jacket
  • High waisted gym crops
  • Pajama set
  • Gym top

Researching average weather temperatures for the capsule period really helped me drill down on current necessities and set the intention for my shopping, which I didn't realize until this exercise, I require.

I credit Amazon Prime Wardrobe, Target, Stitch Fix and Nordstrom/Rack for the ease to shop from wherever I was and deliver to my door, a service I hadn't fully appreciated until I had two children under the age of two.

This experience has taught me not only that I impulse buy inconsistent with a need or the current season, but also really allowed me to take a step back and focus - coming to the realization having a robust closet means nothing (and is a waste of money and space) if you don't utilize it.  Now, I reach for quality over quantity (splurging on staples, saving on others) and have found joy in thoroughly researching/sourcing pieces that make me feel confident and leaving the rest, behind. 

Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe?

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