Being warm in winter is an absolute must if you live in rural Northumberland. Coupled with working at home and a very temperamental boiler I realised there were a couple of extra items I could do with adding to my wardrobe…and that got me thinking I haven’t really done an update in a while…
I’ve been working on operating with a capsule wardrobe since reading about All that is She Domonique’s way of doing it over a year ago…
So how did it work for me… ? The motivation was simple – to make quicker decisions in the morning and to wear things that felt really really good…having been inspired by thinking about those folk who just find jeans they really love and buy 7 pairs and the same with shirts – like a uniform almost… (Actually I think that was just Steve Jobbs?)
I know I’ll never be THAT person… but being inspired to buy less clothing and more consciously and celebrate my personality through what I wear I recognised there were lots of things that didn’t “spark joy” that I looked at/ tried on each day which was a complete waste of precious morning minutes!
I think it took about 12months to fully embrace a smaller wardrobe per season and it was a process for sure. If I tried something on and didn’t like how it fit/ felt, I would hang it back up and try it twice more before deciding whether to donate it. I got rid of alot of winter grey because it doesn’t really make my heart sing to wear grey in winter! I didn’t have numbers of items in my head or a budget to replace things I just lived it.
You can read about where I started here…
So in my wardrobe (and yes we still need to decorate), I now have four categories;
- Work (out of the house)
- Fancy work (for meetings/ launches)
- Casual/ work at home gear
Drawer/ box space
4. Lounge wear/ Yoga and sports stuff
5. Occasion outfits
Numbers 1 & 2 consist of around 20 items – 3 dresses, two pairs of trousers, 1 skirt and some tops, shirts, jumpers and two jackets. I have a coat that goes with all of this.
Number 3 is again about 20 items – 5 pairs of trousers/ jeans, 1 denim skirt, tops, jumpers and cardigans. I still have about 6 different winter coats we keep downstairs.
Number 4 is alot of stuff I’ve accumulated over the years and probably needs a cull but it’s too worn to send to charity really and I have room in my drawers so I just leave it all in there.
Number 5 is all in a box above the rails as I don’t need to see this everyday – I don’t have many weddings or fancy nights out to go on.
So my 6 top tips if you fancy trying it…
- Decide on your motivation – this is totally personal to you – it might be about quick decision making like me or feeling good in everything you own?
- Do the Marie Kondo technique! Really try to let go of things you’ve never worn/ never got anything to go with even if they were a bargain etc.
- Decide on your categories like mine above personal to you – if you’re a yoga teacher you’ll likely want to hang yoga outfits up and not fancy work stuff…
- Order your wardrobe into your categories and rediscover the things you love, things that can mix and match.
- Make a list of anything you feel is missing – so mine at the moment is a long sleeved top – I have two black ones but would like another colour. I can literally count on one hand the things I’ve bought in the last year including a stripey, pink and grey tshirts and pink cardigan.
- Set a date to repeat the process – I have a box above my wardrobe rails with things I’m still not sure about and a note of paper with a date to decide…
Other links and places of inspirations for Capsule Wardrobes…
If I’ve missed anything or you’d like to ask anything about my capsule wardrobe for winter feel free. Have you come across any bloggers or people who really inspire you in this area?
I’m tagging the sparkles on instgaram…