Thursday, September 14, 2017

Minimalism At Its Finest: The Capsule Wardrobe



If you follow me on Instagram, you already heard the big news:  we're moving!  Exactly one month from today, we are packing up our lives and moving...five minutes away from where we currently live.  It's a loooong story (and pretty boring really) so I'll spare you the details, but all you really need to know is a) we are moving and b) this was not something we saw coming.

After my initial shock wore off, my husband and I got pretty pumped because we're moving to a bigger house (one more bedroom and one and a half more baths!  PRAISE!) and we are staying in the same school district.  MAJOR PRAISE.  It seems this is the perfect house for us...for now.  If there's one thing I'm learning more and more in this life, it's don't get comfortable.  But, as I've already mentioned, staying comfortable isn't really what it's all about.  

I have to be honest that although my first feeling was extreme gratitude (once we found a great house), my close second was:  ohhh my goodness, I'm going to have to put everything I own into boxes.  And my third thought was:  wahhh, we have so much stuff!

It's incredible how stuff can accumulate, is it not?  I mean, we only moved into our current house a little over 2 years ago and I did a major stuff purge then.  So how in the world do we have so much stuff again?  I'm blaming it on the kids.  But still.  

I've long been a fan of the idea of minimalism, probably because it seems like the most obvious form of self care.  If you have less stuff, you have less stress.  I believe it!  So I feel now may be the perfect time for me to put my lofty goals into practice and put my money where my mouth is.  Where will I start?  The most fun place, of course:  my wardrobe.

I have been intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe for a year and a half or so.  I never took the plunge because...I don't know, I guess why nobody does.  The "what ifs" set in.  What if I need this shirt later for something really important?  What if I can fit into those pre-baby jeans again someday?  What if the 90's really do come back?  #doh  And also:  you don't know me, Marie Kondo.  

Well I'm shaking off those "what ifs" and making a public declaration that I'm finally doing the capsule wardrobe thing.  I'm gonna pare it alllllll the way down.  And God willing, I will keep it that way.  In case any of you are also thinking of doing the same, here are my best loved resources for all things capsule wardrobe.  

Everyday Savvy - This site is probably my favorite capsule wardrobe inspiration.  Every season, there are several capsule wardrobes composed of clothes from different stores I like to shop at like Loft, Old Navy, and Gap.  I love how the guess work is done for you and if you glace back at the older posts, you can see how much/what types of clothes you will realistically need for a capsule wardrobe to work all year long.  

Babely - This site is awesome, inspirational and super-informative. If you are looking for the how/why behind the capsule wardrobe, it's all explained here.  PLUS, you can get a free ebook all about capsule wardrobes.  

Style Your Senses - This site is also great if you're looking for actual items styled/paired together.  With just 24 pieces (including shoes and accessories!) you can have a look for any occasion.  

Classy Yet Trendy - This link takes you to the top 5 posts about capsule wardrobes from a blog all about, you guessed it...capsule wardrobes.  

Stitch Fix - For real, I can't say enough good things about Stitch Fix.  I love how it takes the guesswork out of shopping for clothes! My stylist, Sabrina is the bomb.com!  If you want to make creating your capsule wardrobe as easy as possible, schedule a Fix!  Fill out the quick and easy style profile with your preferences, and tell your stylist in the note that you want pieces for a capsule wardrobe. Then, in about 10 days, 5 amazing pieces will be delivered to your door and you can try them on in the comfort of home.  It doesn't get much better than that!

So what about you?  Do you have any fave capsule wardrobe sites? Are you joining me in my minimalist journey?  




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