I’ve never had a big wardrobe, nor am I an avid shopper. My wardrobe, in the past, consisted of a mixture of clothing including lots of color, patterns, styles, and cuts. Having a capsule wardrobe feels natural, but before I get into those details, let me share more of my backstory.
I shopped twice a year for clothes – my birthday [in July] and right after Christmas. [Not only was it convenient to use birthday and Christmas money for these trips, but it usually when the stores have the best sales!]
I found pieces I like and never think about how these clothes worked with my current wardrobe. Naturally I could pair each thing with one or two items out of my roughly 50-60 items.
I also purged clothing I was tired of after each shopping trip. This allowed a little income, and I didn’t feel guilty about my new pieces.
However, October 2015 it all changed. I stumbled across some interesting articles on Pinterest about a capsule wardrobe. I had never heard of this type of wardrobe [let alone an interchangeable wardrobe altogether].
After some research, I decided to give one a try.
My Capsule Wardrobe: Project 333
Her rules are pretty simple.
- When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
- What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
- What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
- How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
- What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.
Reasons for picking Project 333:
1. Defining my style by having fewer pieces.
2. Love the pieces I have.
3. Eliminate the excess.
4. Save time in the mornings by not being hung up on what to wear.
5. Learn how to incorporate pieces in multiple outfits.
6. See which pieces I wear and which are taking up space.
The Process of Choosing the Pieces for my Capsule Wardrobe:
I first went through my wardrobe pulling out pieces I didn’t wear or like anymore. Then, I boxed up my summer clothes for storage, because I was creating my fall/winter capsule wardrobe.
I decided to pick 2 dresses for special occasions; 6 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of jeggings; and a mixture of tops, including tank tops for layering, blouses, sweaters, and a vest.
Once I saw what I had to work with I knew this project was going to be interesting! I had a lot of colorful options that didn’t pair with many things, but I was determined to make it work!
I reminded myself what would happen if this experiment succeeded, and didn’t look back. The pieces not chosen for this project were given to a girl in need, so there wasn’t a fall back plan.
I wasn’t sure of how long I would keep this particular capsule wardrobe, because there wouldn’t be any changes with my fall and winter clothes.
Where I live, I can where the same clothes for 6 months if I use my layering pieces effectively. Plus, I didn’t have a big enough wardrobe to have two capsules for cool and really cold weather. I decided to jump in and see how it goes.
Next week, I will show you how my wardrobe has developed in the 4 months I’ve participated in Project 333, along with pictures of all my pieces! To see what my wardrobe looks like after 4 months, visit this post!
What capsule wardrobe have you tried and what did you think about it? How big was your wardrobe before you tried your capsule wardrobe?