I have subscribed to the capsule wardrobe philosophy for as long as I can remember. It started out by necessity. Being a single mom for 13 years I didn’t have unlimited disposable income but I did have a love of quality materials so I always tried to choose quality over quantity.
What I found was that even though I had a limited number of items I was constantly hearing “I want to shop in your closet” or “take me shopping with you”. People always thought I had more than I did. In Single Mom Chic, I mention a friend being so shocked when she actually saw my closet that her squeal actually scared me a bit! “How do you look so nice when you hardly have any clothes?” I laugh at that all the time because not much has changed. I now could have a closet full of clothes but I still don’t.
I like having fewer things because I can find what I need, it takes me no time to get ready and everything I have fits and looks great. I have to admit that many times I felt like an imposter. Why do people keep assuming that I have so many things? I wasn’t trying to fool anyone but I guess I was bluffing. People aren’t counting the items that you wear, what they see is that you always look pulled together.
I am a firm believer that when you say you have nothing to wear, what you really mean is you have so much that you can’t find what works for you. So how do you downsize and still look like you have an expansive wardrobe?
Here are four easy steps
Define your personal style-narrow it down to a word or two. Are you classic, sporty, glam, or bohemian?
Edit your closet-get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or is beyond repair
Pack away non-seasonal clothing-it will make getting dressed so much easier
Make a list of what you need each season and stick to it! Don’t be persuaded by sales. It isn’t a good deal if you don’t need it!
Check out my video below and let me know what your thoughts are on a capsule wardrobe?