Fall Capsule


Ever go to your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, even when your closet is filled with clothes?  Is that a Yes . . Me too!  Every wonder why you buy trendy clothes you really do not Love?  That is Me. How many of you ask this question. . . Why, Oh why are we spending money on mediocre clothes?? We have all been there, done that!  Not to mention, we have all experienced Closet Envy, right?  I cannot even say No.  I have seen so many outfits on blogs & social media that I want to wear. Except, I have nowhere to go these days. Now that I've had a considerable amount of time to ponder, I want to revamp my wardrobe. We have been hearing about Capsule Wardrobe for years and I have yet to build one.  Simple definition:- It’s a practice of editing your wardrobe down to your favorite clothes (clothes that fit your lifestyle + body right now), remixing them regularly, and shopping less often and more intentionally.

The term was coined by British fashion icon Susie Faux in the 1970s. It refers to a collection of 30-40 practical and versatile pieces of clothing put together to create an entire wardrobe for a season. While the fashion industry utilizes capsule collections in order to produce an air of exclusivity and a designer’s artistic expression, capsule wardrobes are more about personal style. Most of the individuals who have become capsule wardrobe experts got into the game because they were tired of “decision fatigue.” Whether it’s Marie Kondo’s wardrobe-focused tidying technique or Matilda Kahl’s choice to wear one outfit to work for three years, many women are looking to trim the fat in their closets. For the past three months, I've been purging my closets of stuff I no longer wear and did trim the fat. Now, I feel ready to try a Fall capsule wardrobe. Fall in my city is really summer clothing with a sweater/jacket, so this should be fairly easy for Me. Yes. . I'm late to the capsule party, but better late than never.

How it works:  Each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter), you clear your closet except for a set number of pieces to be in your capsule wardrobe. Caroline of UnFancy has a golden number of 37 items, but it varies by season.  If you want to use her concept you will have to do some serious purging. Are you ready for that?

1. Pare down your closet to 37 items.
2. Wear only those 37 items for the season (3 months).
3. Don’t shop during the season for items to wear then.
4. At the last two weeks of the season, plan out your next capsule.
​5. The amount you buy for the next capsule is up to you, but less is more.

Here is a capsule planner to download courtesy of Caroline who has this capsule thing down pact since 2014. Take some time and face your closet. You’ve already decided how you want your wardrobe to look, so start going through and finding what fits your vision and what doesn’t. If you need to do another Closet Purge, then get to it.

The Trimm Challenge
The Trimm Challenge is a simple and abbreviated seasonal wardrobe edit that was developed by Mary Beth of The Threads We Wear. The focus behind it, was that having good style and direction in your wardrobe starts with subtracting things out of your closet first, before ever adding anything in.  She created 5 steps to Trimm:

  1. One Saturday a season go into your wardrobe and pick out 10 items that just don’t do it for you anymore.
  2. Sit down with pen and paper and write out the reasons why you are getting rid of those items. (ex. Were they ill-fitting? Are they too colorful? Did you only buy it because it was on sale?)
  3. From these notes, make a list of 3-5 things you are going to stay away from buying this season (ex. no more skinny jeans, or stay away from stripes, etc.).
  4. Then make a list of 3-5 goals you want to work towards in your wardrobe (ex. purchase straight leg jeans, or add in more prints).
  5. Finally, pick 2-3 descriptors for what you want your style to be generally (ex.” I want to experiment with whimsical and modern styling” or “I want to feel more feminine and fun”). Whether you use what you have to create these feelings and exercise these goals, or you purchase items within your new guidelines is up to you!

And that’s it.  Now you can take your list of don’ts and your overall goals and use it as a guide for the upcoming season with focus and intention!  If you follow the Trimm method the whole process should take you a weekend.  And, your giveaways can go to good use at Goodwill or your extended family in the Islands.

According to all the Capsule Planners - By shopping only once a season, you save money on frivolous items that add up. You can create a smaller wardrobe, which will actually define and understand your style more. Plus, you will always feel like you have something great to put on. And, every single item in your closet is something you LOVE to wear right now. Well, I don't know about all that. . . because I only shop after season sales & have three closets bursting with stuff I think I love. And, I'm almost certain, I will be bored with just 37 items for any season.  In my grownup life, I've always had at least one new special occasion dresses stored, because they are hard to find when you really need one. That has not changed, but now I also have a vacation closet to re-vamp. My retired life is all about vacations, and Cruising has been the best value for my vacay $$, and we love to get dressed up on a cruise.  So, when are we going on our next Cruise? When a scientific approved quality vaccine for Covid is available! Who knows when that will be. In the meantime, I'm going take some baby steps & put my spin on a Trimm wardrobe version for this Fall.  Have you done a Capsule Wardrobe?  If so, how did you manage it?

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