Spring is just around the corner.. Tuesday, March 20th to be exact.
Ever since I moved to NYC, I have created a capsule wardrobe system, without even planning on it. You kind of have to. There really is no time to shop. I do most of my shopping online when I get home from work or on the weekends, and I would consider it as my me time - let's just say it's not a chore!
What you wear should make you happy and comfortable and a capsule wardrobe will help with finding that balance.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
"Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces." (from wikipedia)
In addition: a capsule wardrobe is a system that you create for the two separated major seasons (Fall/Winter, Spring/Summer). You know exactly what's in your wardrobe and consider creating multiple outfits with each item - getting the most out of your wardrobe. For example, I may choose to only have three pairs of shoes for Fall/Winter: Docs, Black booties, and knee highs. That way you cover your basis, you don't over spend or over shop, you have what you need and move forward with confidence knowing that. The goal is to have about 30 items, but really, it's just toning it down - also great if you want to be a minimalist.
Here's what I've gathered so far for my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe. Keep in mind that I am buying pieces that'll apply to both my social and my work life.
(Bullet journals are great to brainstorm and keep track)
white collared shirt
gray band tee
(to add: another tee)
b/w adidas (perhaps will sell these)
(to add: b/w vans)
le specs tortoise sunnies
(to add: purse/backpack)
light wash raw hem
light wash skinny
light wash mom jeans
to add: (ripped jeans)
faux leather jacket (evenings)
black coat (for colder days)
(to add: check blazer)
Leather skirt (evenings)
baby blue dress (could replace)
rose dress (could replace)
(to add: skirt, dress)
Once you list the items that you own, you can then analyze what you have, and start planning for what you think is missing. It looks like I'm missing a skirt or a dress for work. I would also love to get the b/w vans, I think those would look great with all of my pieces. One item that I have added that'll definitely make my Fall/Winter wardrobe feel more S/S ready, are the white booties. I can't wait to wear them and freshen things up. I'm also missing a bag/purse, but I can't decide on what color - Zara has a lot of options atm and I'm really feeling ORANGE right meow.
Another tip would be to establish the one in, one out rule. Before buying anything, consider what item in your wardrobe it'll be replacing first, then sell or donate that item before purchasing the new. I love to use the Poshmark app. I've been using it and selling items there for years and it helps when I want to freshen things up in my wardrobe (I like to shop there, too).
Follow me on Poshmark here: http://poshmark.com/closet/laurenportillo
Have fun with it and take control over your belongings, don't overspend and KNOW exactly what you have in your closet.
At the beginning of the year I did a huge clear out before starting S/S. I'm learning more about fabrics and what works best in the heat (more on that in another post) and I'm truly trying to wear/buy less of polyester/leather - although this is a challenge in the high street/fast fashion world.
I hope you found this a bit helpful. Please let me know if you are starting a capsule wardrobe and what items you are loving for Spring!
Love always, Lauren