Why I'm Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Firstly, sorry for the lack of posts! I was out of town, babysitting my nephew and I had NO access to WiFi... it was something that I was not expecting, and it was an adventure.

After listening to a really interesting Jess Lively podcast about capsules wardrobes and reading an article about them on The Everygirl, I feel like the universe was trying to send me a sign. Well, your point has been taken, universe. So this past weekend, I set some time aside for creating my capsule wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe typically consists of only 37 items (item number may vary), including shoes and outerwear. From there, the challenge is to wear only items from your capsule wardrobe for the next three months. The important thing, and something that I think I really need, is that you're not allowed to buy new items during that time. It's a self-imposed shopping freeze. Instead, you're supposed to evaluate the pieces you've chosen for your capsule and see whether or not a need actually exist in your wardrobe.

For choosing mine, I followed two tips outlined in The Everygirl article: Pick pieces that you absolutely love right now and try to stick to the rule of three (3 jeans, 3 button-ups, 3 pairs of flats, etc.) I also decided to not include outerwear - I really only wear two coats, and they are both quite boring.

There are a few reasons why I've decided to do this. Firstly, I think that honing in on my personal style is long overdue. I also know that I could do with having a self-imposed spending-freeze when it comes to my wardrobe. I've noticed, especially since starting this blog, that my desire to shop for cute and pricey clothing has exponentially increased from where it used to be. I don't know if it's just because I am more aware of amazing brands and clothing pieces thanks to the blogging world or the fact that I am no longer a broke college student. It's probably a mixture of both, to be honest. I also feel as though I am in a rut when it comes to clothes – and this isn't the first time I have felt that way. I feel like I wear the same thing every day, the same outfits every week, and I am sure a lot of other people can relate. I'm hoping that this capsule wardrobe will force me to be creative with what I am wearing. So often we think that creativity flows from being entirely free and having a vast number of choices, but usually the exact opposite is true. Creativity often sprouts with constraints in place; the times when you are out of your comfort zone and you have to think a little bit more about what you're doing.

Here is my capsule wardrobe for the next month:

Just a note: Not all of these items pictured are exactly the item in my capsule wardrobe - most of them are much more budget friendly brands (like finds at TJ Maxx and sale items from J. Crew). However, the styles, colors, and cuts are all pretty much spot on.