Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2017

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Here comes spring!
And for me, that means intense spring cleaning.

Don’t get me wrong, I clean out and purge items in my house all year long, but something about the fresh new year just makes me eager to do an even better job at cleaning and getting rid of what is not necessary.

Lately, I’ve been exploring the magic of Minimalistic lifestyles as well as capsule wardrobes.
If you haven’t heard yet, capsule wardrobes limit the amount of pieces of clothing that you own and help you to focus on keeping and purchasing versatile items. Minimalistic lifestyles range from keeping only what you need, to the extreme of getting rid of your car. No offense to either of these groups of people who live these lifestyles, but I’ve definitely had to adjust them both for them to help, and not hurt, my life. ( A 45 minute commute with no car wouldn’t be much fun!)

To start off, I began rummaging through my closet. I knew that I had too many items that I didn’t love when I became extremely stressed while looking for a cute and casual outfit for Valentine’s day. Ridiculous, right? So when I heard about the capsule wardrobe about a year ago, the more and more reasearch I did, the more it lead me to these AMAZING people who some how turned there closets into a 30 piece interchangeable set. No gonna happen, baby.

I LOVE clothes. I love dressing cute more than anything else. A lot of my style is relatable to Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, which is ironic because most of the pieces that I’ve had are ones that she is now wearing on their show. (I’m pretty happy about that) I found this neat article by Classy Yet Trendy that discusses what Joanna’s closet might look like if she had a capsule wardrobe, which made me giggle a little with happiness.

Other examples, like this one from Midtown Magnolia, always led me to a very small selection of clothes, and being that clothing is one of the best parts of my day, I couldn’t bare to part with enough of my favorite pieces to limit me to only 30-50.

So I set off to begin this capsule wardrobe adventure.
Before:

During (What A Mess!):

After:

RESULT: I feel so much lighter and happier! Mornings have been so easy, now that I’m not standing there looking at items that I hate! Taking EVERYTHING out of my closet was the best decision I made. It was much harder to hang something back up if I knew that I didn’t really love it.

I did a quick count to add up all of the pieces that I had after getting rid of over HALF of what was in my closet, (this is the third time I’ve done this since we moved into this house March 2016, yikes!) to give you a better idea of a realistic capsule wardrobe for someone who has to have clothes for work, working out and casual needs:

Workout Clothes

  • 7 tank tops
  • 4 short sleeve shirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 2 quarter zip
  • 2 sweatshirts

Everyday Clothes

  • 10 Dresses
  • 18 Spaghetti Strap Shirts
  • 11 short sleeve shorts
  • 17 long sleeve shirts
  • 4 lazy sweaters
  • 7 business casual sweaters
  • 6 cozy sweaters
  • 7 button ups
  • 6 blazers
  • 7 kimonos/wraps
  • 2 Colts/Football Wear
  • 10 t-shirts

Accessories:

  • 3 purses
  • 3 clutches
  • 1 hat
  • 11 pairs of earrings
  • 5 bracelets
  • 1 watch
  • 5 rings
  • 10 necklaces
  • 3 swimsuits

Shoes:

  • 5 pairs of gym shoes
  • 3 sets of heels
  • 6 pairs of booties
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 2 pairs of sandal wedges
  • 2 pairs of wedges
  • 2 pairs of summer sandals
  • 2 pairs of outdoor/messy shoes
  • 2 pairs of trendy/fun shoes: Sperry’s and Converse

Are YOU going to attempt a capsule-style wardrobe this year? And if you have already, what has been the best thing about your new lighter wardrobe choices?

Until next time,
– Jennifer

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