I've spent most of the past weekend stalking a new blog that I am absolutely loving: Un-Fancy is a blog written by the gorgeous Caroline and the idea is pretty inspirational. She's come up with the idea of a 'capsule' wardrobe.
The idea of a 'time capsule wardrobe' has been around for quite some time now where you invest in pieces that you 'will have forever'. If I'm being honest, while the idea of a time capsule wardrobe is interesting, I don't think it's very practical. We all change what we like, clothes get torn, styles change, etc. Building a wardrobe that I like now (at 24) that I will continue to like when I'm 40 is not realistic.
Caroline's idea is way more strategic and practical. She came up with a 37 piece wardrobe that will get her through the season. Once she has accumulated all 37 pieces, she does not shop for the rest of the season and works with what she has. The number of items varies from person to person and depends on your lifestyle, but the idea is that you have enough items to mix and match throughout the season.
2 weeks before the next season begins, she starts planning (and shopping) for her next capsule wardrobe (she doesn't retire all of the pieces from the previous season, meaning she only needs to buy bits and pieces). Then she starts the cycle all over again.
Throughout the season, her fashion blog is home to outfits created through her capsule wardrobe, showing you that it really is possible to keep yourself going with a minimal wardrobe.
I'm feeling really inspired to tackle this capsule wardrobe for myself! I've done loads of wardrobe clean outs this year, but I'm still finding that I'm reaching for the same pieces day in and day out and not feeling very happy with my current style. I've also been trying harder and harder to 'live a minimal life'. We all accumulate way too much stuff that we just don't need.
So, with that in mind, I'm going to do it. I'm going to build my own capsule wardrobe for November-January. I know we're already a month into Autumn, so I won't be working by seasons. Since Ireland is pretty much the same weather all the time I don't think me stretching out the time periods will be a problem! If I find it successful, I'll eventually fall into the pattern of the seasons!
Caroline has created a capsule wardrobe planner to help us all create our new wardrobes. I've already started filling mine out and I'm ready to shop when I hit London with the girls next week. I don't think I need too much to fill out my capsule wardrobe, but there are definitely a few items missing from my wardrobe that I need.
Stay tuned for the results of my capsule wardrobe adventure! I'm really quite excited about it!