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Minimalism Confessions Volume 4: Capsule Wardrobe

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Hi friend! So last week, I skipped publishing my minimalism confessions post. To be honest, it sounds a bit whiny and did not convey the lesson and solution the way I wanted.

When sharing my journey, I want to be as transparent as possible, but only if it brings value to your life. I am not going to waste anyone’s time with something simply to stay consistent with my posting schedule. There is no way I can do that to you.

So I took an extra week, and really thought about how I could share my confession in a way that could convey my message in a positive way and hopefully inspire you in your journey as well. Here is what I come up with for this post.

A minimalist lifestyle does not without its struggles. With the Minimalism Confessions Series, I share a bit of my personal struggle in the hopes of helping you in yours.

Minimalism Confessions Volume 4

If you are following my stories on Instagram, you probably listened to my struggle with how I feel in my clothes. They are just not fitting right.

While I did recognize that I gained a few pounds, and am working to loose the weight to get back to feeling comfortable in them again, there are just some pieces in my wardrobe that I no longer wish to have.

They are either worn out and need replaced, have shrunken, or I do not reach for them.

It almost feels like my wardrobe is becoming a negative space, which is the opposite of what it should be. I should be happy to get dressed and unable to choose, because I want to wear it all.

Instead, I reach for my work t-shirt to keep it easy.

What I would love to do is dress up and feel like a $1,000,000!

We all know that the confidence of feeling this way increases our productivity and energy during the day.

Since those Instagram stories two weeks ago, I have lost what I call “bloat weight”. This is basically the weight you loose when you first begin eating healthy and drinking lots of water, versus all the bad things you were doing.

Even with this little bit of weight loss, I am finding that my weight was only part of the situation. I think it is time to start replacing some wardrobe pieces.

However, with the No Spend Challenge in full swing, I simply cannot go shopping to replace pieces. If I had it my way, I would replace half of my wardrobe currently, which equals up to about 15 pieces.

Of course, the No Spend Challenge is not my only obstacle. Having the money to replace 15 pieces at one time is another big one, too!

Today, my confession is all about:

my capsule wardrobe dilemma

So my overall dilemma with my capsule wardrobe looks a little like this:
  1. Culling my wardrobe means that I have less than 20 pieces.
  2. Non-quality pieces wear out very quickly, and need replaced more frequently.
  3. I want to replace all of my pieces with ethical options, so simply going to the mall or outlet shop is not an option. Therefore, it takes more time.
  4. Ethical fashion is a little more expensive than fast fashion options, so I need a replacement strategy since I want to replace so many pieces.

Now that I see my overall dilemma, I am going to create a plan to change my wardrobe’s negative space into a positive one.

Normally, I am an all or nothing kind of person when it comes to shopping. My past wardrobe experience included two shopping trips a year, and I was able to cull pieces as I wished.

I would shop deals and score 10-20 pieces for less than $100. However, I am no longer supporting fast fashion.

Capsule Wardrobe Solutions

I strive to live a more sustainable life, and that includes my wardrobe. From this point forward, I am only purchasing from ethical brands or secondhand.

With this being such a huge commitment, I reached out to my friend, Karin from, for advice. She is my go to person for ethical fashion. Karin knows how to find great deals on certain pieces and which items are worth investing.

Here are the tips she shared with me that I will use to replace the pieces I would like to cull from my wardrobe:
  1. Thrift shop online with Ebay and Poshmark. If there are pieces you know work well for you, find them on one of these sites for a discounted price. Yes, they maybe used, but you may get lucky and find some pieces that still have tags.
  2. Local thrift shops are great as well. You never know when you will find the golden nugget!
  3. For staples, Karin recommends Everlane. They are of good quality and should last a while. [I did some looking and their prices seem reasonable for quality pieces that are made ethically. After the No Spend Challenge is complete, I plan to order a few of their shirts.]
  4. For special pieces, take your time. You do not necessarily have to have them, so taking things slow enables to make sure you find the perfect pieces to add to your wardrobe.

Some of my other concerns dealt with online shopping and not knowing if the piece was true to size. For instance, most brands I wear “X” size, but some places I have ordered from I have had to order a size up due to the sizing being a bit different.

Karin understood this, so she made a suggestion to check out the following brand:

Brass Clothing

This brand is all about a chic capsule wardrobe that anyone can master. The collection is between 20-30 that all work together to give you endless possibilities for your wardrobe.

They offer multiple models for their pieces so you can see how it looks on various body types.

While other brands offer the measurements of their models, we cannot all be 5’9″ and an extra small; or even imagine how it works on someone like me who is 5’4″ and in between a small to medium size typically.

Having a variety of women modeling clothes helps a lot more when it comes to seeing how something truly fits.

I have allocated a set amount of funds to get started in switching out a few pieces. Once I find a keeper, I will cull something from my wardrobe that is similar to it.

So basically, I will use the one item in, one item out rule. Hopefully this will all happen within the span of a few months.

I do not want to go too crazy with consuming a lot of things at once, because it will put me right back into the same boat that I was in before the No Spend Challenge.

If any of you are struggling with your capsule wardrobe, I hope you see that you are not alone.

I have written a post about how to build a wardrobe you love, and plan to follow those guidelines to help choose my pieces. Definitely recommend it!

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  • Reply
    August 28, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Thank you so much for writing this! Culling my wardrobe is something that I struggle with. I love how you pointed out the physical aspect of clothes – not how they make you feel but the textures you gravitate towards – I’m comfy all the way! (Shoes, too.) I think this post has given me the confidence to tackle my clothes and get intentional about what I wear! THANK YOU!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      August 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      I am so glad to hear that this post is motivating you to tackle your wardrobe, Jenna!! A wardrobe is no joke! Just be mindful of what you love wearing and what you pretend to love wearing. There is a HUGE difference that will take your wardrobe from okay to fabulous!! Let me know how it goes for you!

  • Reply
    November 7, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Wonderful post! Great suggestions and best of luck with new additions to your capsule wardrobe!

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