Black boots, Brown boots, Fuzzy Snow Boots, Short brown boots, Black heels, Black flats
Oh my goodness I’m writing about clothes… seriously who am I? As you can tell I’m not the most fashionable person ever. Luckily I’ve got my awesome Sister in Law to balance out my lack of fashion-ability and occasionally who I’ll try to copy (hi A!). But I wanted to give this a shot for a number of reasons. For awhile I’ve wanted to have a smaller, but higher quality of wardrobe and I’ve needed a cohesive way to figure out to do this and I have a bad tendency to wear things that are not in the best shape and that aren’t flattering for the sake of frugality, which leads to “frumpy mom-itis”. I don’t know anyone who enjoys “frumpy mom-itis”.
So here you go, after a two or three run throughs of my closet and a big trip to a donation center.
Not included: Outerwear, sleepwear, undershirts/tanks for layering, tights, grungy cleaning clothes that I don’ wear outside the house, accessories, jewelry and one black dress that I pull out for our annual Christmas concert at church. Coats are not included because they’re not a fashion statement here – they’re a tool to survive the winter. My coats usually err on the side of utilitarian more than fashion.
How: To start with I actually made a board on Pinterest with looks I am into. Then I separated everything that was fall/winter and spring/summer from my closet. The off season went into another closet from another capsule making in about six months. Anything that had a hole where a hole was not supposed to be, to pill-y or just worn out got the immediate chuck and then things that just didn’t work with anything else. The last step was anything that I knew I’d only wear when everything else was dirty, but wasn’t for a special occasion. If I had to get down to no other options before I’d choose it it wasn’t worth keeping – let someone else enjoy it. There are a few items that I like, but didn’t want to include that will be stored until next year. If I don’t included it then it will go away.
I allowed myself a little wiggle room because of that pesky job I go to during the week. We have a choice between “business casual” and scrubs, so I choose business casual. I’m not sure being at home would cut down my closet too much to be honest, but a few items wouldn’t be there at least.
I’m actually surprised at how much I had in my closet. I pride myself on having a small closet, but when I sat down to count I was shocked.
It was a great exercise. I got rid of a big stack of things I just didn’t love, weren’t versatile or just really needing to go and I still feel like I have a big closet. Above all it reminded me that being frugal and “minimal” was no reason to look sloppy or gross. There was a lot that was still hanging around before the final purge in the “I like it, but I don’t wear it much” category and it was helpful to remember that there are folks out there who could use this stuff while it’s taking up space in my closet so it went in to the “donate” pile with a happy conscience. I’m looking forward to doing it again for spring/summer next year.
Hopefully my spring/summer wardrobe consists of a little less grey.
|Just a blurry picture of me in regular old grey shirt and jeans. No waist, lumpy middle like all the rest =) And proud of that lump middle.|
|What I wore to work from the capsule|
|Classic Clothes for me – tunic type shirt and skinny pants or leggings|