My Trial Run With a Capsule Wardrobe

Have you heard about capsule wardrobes? I first heard about them Caroline from was on The Lively Show, a few weeks ago. The idea is that you pull together 37 (or so) pieces of clothing and then wear them for three months. The idea is that you choose pieces you love and mix and match to make new combinations.

This sounded fascinating for a ton of reasons. I recently lost weight again and I’ve got this weird mish-mash of pants that don’t fit. I need to just get on with it and get rid of the pants that are too big. I’m also the kind of person that gets very attached to clothes, as in I might be hoarding clothes from high school because they hold bizarre sentimental meaning to me (why would ANYONE keep the sweater they were wearing when they got booted from the Tall Flag team?!?), and this gave me a very pragmatic reason to evaluate my wardrobe and to donate a whole bunch of things over the past few weeks.

So over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been running some trials with my clothes to make sure that I’m putting things in my winter capsule that I’ll actually wear. Here’s the play by play with links to the items that I was able to find* – and please forgive the grainy iPhone photos. 

Day One: Gray Pants Apt. 9(Kohl’s) and an animal print top (Calvin Klein) with camisole. Proudly Posh Heel shoes (Modcloth).

Day Two (left): Black dress (Calvin Klein via Thredup), green sweater (Anthropologie), Black heels (Gentle Souls) similar.
Day Three (right):  Cloaked in Cozy Cardigan (Modcloth) and black t-shirt (Target), Lucky Jeans, and sparkle gray Mossimo flats (Target)

 Day Four (left): Black Pants (Inc), Patterned shirt, Gray Cardigan, Black shoes (Gentle Souls)
Day Five (right): Black pants Apt 9 (Kohls), patterned tunic (Jones New York), low black heels (Target)

 Day Six (left): Patterned top (Simply Vera Wang floral crepe blouse), Black cardigan, Gray Pants Apt 9 (Kohls), low black heels (Target)
Day Seven (right): Patterned top (Thredup), Army style Jacket (Daisy Fuentes), Brighten Up Circle Scarf in Onyx (Modcloth), black pants, low black heels.

Day Eight (left): Patterned top (Thredup), green cardigan, black pants, black heels
Day Nine: Striped men’s shirt (Ralph Lauren) and Leggings (Betsy Johnson), black flats (Halogen).
This weekend I’m planning on narrowing down the capsule and locking my wardrobe for the next three months. The basic formula is that you include 9 pairs of pants, 15 tops, 9 pairs of shoes, 2 dresses, and 2 coats. Accessories are not included in the count of 39. I’m still trying to figure out how those numbers will balance for me and I’ll update everyone in the next week or so, along with giving my thoughts on why I love this idea so much.
*there are some affiliate links included in this post. Anything I’ve linked to is something I’ve bought and worn and love and I hope that you will love it, too. I get a tiny commission on anything you purchase, so thank you 🙂

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