The #Winter10x10 wrapped up this week and while I wasn’t able to post what I wore every day, I am posting them now! Overall, it was a great challenge – I thought, being already limited to a small wardrobe, this would be no problem, but it had it’s moments. I made more thoughtful choices, realized some holes in my wardrobe and felt both comfortable and appropriately dressed for the events during the 10×10.
Last weekend, we headed to Gatlinburg, Tennessee – an annual trip to celebrate the birthday of my friend Lauren, and her fiancé Jon. This is the 7th year they’ve arranged the trip, and my 4th or 5th time going. We rent a cabin, have anywhere from 10-15 friends, lots of booze, food and good times.
In the past, when I’ve been stressed or frustrated with something in my life, I’ve cleaned house. I’ve been known to clear off my work desk to its bare bones and fill up several donation boxes in between arms-crossed pacing. It’s a method that has not only kept me in check regarding material possessions but truly worked to distract me from whatever was on my mind. One thing bothered me was that even though I was cleaning house, I wasn’t spending less throughout the year and I kept filling up the spaces I’d cleaned. All that cleaning served an unfortunately temporary purpose.
A couple years ago, when I discovered the concept of the capsule wardrobe, it seemed like a no-brainer. I started looking at my closet with (hopefully) more intentional eyes. I discovered a growing industry of clothing companies making clothes responsibly. and some sustainably, and beyond that, clothes that didn’t smell like the inside of Whole Body. That said, completely changing my closet wasn’t something I could do overnight. Fellow ballers on a budget know that getting that $100 pair of jeans with all of these great attributes is a hard bridge to cross when you feel like you can put just as many miles into a less expensive pair from a fast fashion store.
All of that to say, I’m a newb. And this is my first seasonal capsule. I’m not sure if I’ll do it next season, or that I’ll stick to the 33 number – nothing. And, after much research and (internal) debate, I finally settled on the idea of my first seasonal capsule being sourced from my current closet. There’s no better way to see how often you wear certain pieces, how well those pieces work with the rest of your wardrobe, what you’re lacking and what you need to stop buying. All of those are points I hope to address with this abbreviated wardrobe experiment.
Taking advice from capsule blog Stylebee, I’m setting the same objectives:
- Spend less time, effort and money on clothes.
- Define my personal style.
- Feel good about every addition to my wardrobe.
- Live better with less.
- Save money and spend more time enjoying the moments that matter.
I’ve got to say, I love winter.
Above that, I love winter clothes. Hygge was meant for me. And, after several months of reading up on the concept of capsule wardrobes (here, here, and here, for just a little inspiration), and two rough 10x10s, I’m jumping right into a full seasonal edit. January 1 to March 20.
I’m technically a few weeks late on Winter (12/20) – but maybe this counts as a New Year’s resolution?
The idea of capsule wardrobe, as I’m taking it, is to trim your wardrobe to 33 pieces for 3 months. This does not include active-wear, loungewear/pjs, or underwear not does it include accessories. 33 is the non-official standard, Project 333, popularized by Be More With Less. Depending on what you’re reading, that number will change but ultimately, you do what works for you. I’m a beginner, so I’m going full-speed easy.
My goals in creating a capsule wardrobe are multi-fold. First, I want to dress well, but I don’t want to stress about having the perfect thing for every day. I’m an occasional wear-it-three-days-in-a-row kind of girl and that’s not likely to change. Second, I don’t want to feel the associated guilt of buying products from major corporations that utilize sweatshops; that guilt later compounded by seeing those brands in your discarded or donation pile. Third, I want to simplify. My closet should not be overflowing or have pieces I haven’t worn in years. I want it to be a truer reflection of my personal style.
That said, my goal with this capsule is to reflect a style that is modern, relaxed and understated.
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