2.21.2017

Capsule Wardrobe Part 1



I have been suuuuuuper slow with this capsule wardrobe process. Mostly because we had been living in the hospital for forever  (we just got home this weekend though! and hopefully will be able to stay home for a while), so I haven't been able to sort through my closet like I want to. I did do the first step though, thanks to one of my blogger friends, Liv at Simply Liv & Co. She has an awesome course on minimalism and sent me the closet guide to help me with creating a capsule wardrobe. She is also one of my inspirations for wanting to do a capsule wardrobe. She is awesome, so you should definitely go check out her blog. :) The first step to any capsule wardrobe is to detox your closet. I got rid of A LOT of clothes that I know that I wont wear very often because they just aren't practical, that I haven't worn in a year(s), and clothes that don't fit anymore. I also threw away some super worn down clothes that I have had since high school. It was hard to let some items go, but I knew that I just wouldn't wear them very often or they didn't fit my everyday style.

I was a part of a clothes swap this past weekend, and it was awesome! A clothing swap is basically where people come together and bring the clothes that they want to give away and don't wear anymore for other people to take and vice versa. It is such a great way to recycle clothes. I brought all of my clothes from my closet that I sorted out in the giveaway pile. Everyone brought sooo many clothes, plus wine and snacks. Woop! I brought home almost as many clothes I brought with me to give away. I am really bad at this slimming my closet down thing. haha. But they were free clothes and some of them were some awesome staples that I know I needed in my closet. One of the main reasons I am doing this capsule wardrobe is to save money because I buy way too many trendy items and I don't wear half of them that often. Since the clothes swap items were free from friends, I justified it. :) Looking for other ways to get rid of the purged items? You can try selling them on Poshmark, Ebay, or through ThredUp. Donating or giving them to a friend is always an easy option too. Goodwill and Savers have lots of donation centers you can drive and drop off items at.

I realized sorting through my closet that a lot of clothes that I received as collaboration pieces from companies to post on my blog or IG went into the not practical pile to give away. After seeing that, I am wanting to be way more intentional about what companies I collab with and what products I choose. In the beginning of this blog process, I jumped at the idea to collaborate with almost anyone that reached out to me because I was so happy and honored that they liked my style/blog/Instagram enough to reach out. I didn't do my research on the companies or really cared about the quality of the products or if I would actually ever wear them again. I am super embarrassed to admit that today, but it is true. Now I want to care, and need to care. There is no point in getting something that I can only wear once "for the gram." I want to be more intentional and smart about the pieces I add to my closet and what companies I collaborate with because it matters. I want to be more conscious of what I buy. From clothes, to beauty products, and even home stuff. I don't want this blog to be shallow, and I want it to mean more than just what it's become recently. 

My next step is to sort through my closet to pick out pieces for my capsule. Since winter is basically over, I will be making a spring capsule (eeeek!). I have a huge pile just sitting of possible spring capsule clothes. haha. I am pretty nervous, but also really excited to start this process. I decided to do two capsule wardrobes: one for work and one for outside of work. Many of my favorite pieces that I love I can't wear to work, so I thought two wardrobes would be the most practical.

I bought the book The Curated Closet, and I am super pumped to read it while going through this processed. Has anyone else read this book?

Skirt: thrifted from a friend (thanks Bianca!) || Turtleneck: New York and Company || Tights/Boots: Urban Outfitters || Socks: Trohv