The Reverse Capsule Wardrobe

A few years ago I tried to do a capsule wardrobe. Unfortunately, I didn’t ever get past the shopping phase…

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It seems like ever since the capsule wardrobe became popular a few years ago, everyone and their mother has given it a go. I mean, you can’t even scroll through Pinterest without seeing dozens of articles on capsule wardrobe. It’s a fantastic idea, really it is.

But I think that sometimes, they miss the point.

Here’s what I’ve noticed, nine out of ten times they all look the same. Even I’ve fallen into thinking that I need a striped shirt, black pants and a blazer just because someone’s blog post told me they were essentialGuys, I’ve worked from home for the past two years, why the heck do I need these things?! Yet, they hang in my closet, untouched and unworn because they’re really just not my style.

We’re talking about clothes here friends. Some of you are probably already half asleep, waiting for the picture of a mountain to pop up…but hey, newsflash that’s not what this is about. I’m talking about an everyday necessity, something we literally have to have each and every day.

Stick around, I promise this impacts us all.

While I could go back to Pinterest and read blog post after blog post about the iconic “capsule wardrobe,” I’m hitting the brakes. Isn’t the whole point of this thing to be content with what we have and build a wardrobe that actually works for our lives? I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it somewhat crazy that we put a number on how many items we can have in our closet all while heeding the advice of people who may live a wildly different life than us. Sure, I think this works for some people…but what about the rest of us?

What if we framed all of this in a radically different way? What if instead of creating a rigid line and telling ourselves “do not cross” we gave ourselves grace to be human and live outside the lines? Here’s what I mean….we all have excess.

Do you think Jesus carried around eight different types of blue jeans in different washes? I’m gonna go ahead and say probably not.

We’re all weighed down by our excess, whether we think we are or not, it’s there. But instead of trying to put some legalistic limit on how much we can or can’t have in our closets and dresser drawers, why don’t we try to be more intentional with what we have?

So here’s my challenge, for myself and for you. I’m spending the next 30 days being intentional about what I have. Here’s how:

  1. I’m cleaning out my closet. Wash, iron, dry clean, hang, fold, I’m putting everything I own that’s in season somewhere that I can see it.
  2. WEAR IT. I’ve been one that often “saves” clothes because I’m worried I’ll get them dirty or ruin them too quickly for the amount of money I spent. For example 95% of my Anthropologie dresses are pretty delicate and somewhat difficult to wash, so where do they end up? The back of the closet. But I didn’t buy them to take up space and look pretty. So here’s my challenge, I’m wearing what I have! Each day, I’ll be intentionally choosing clothes that may have otherwise ended up in the back of my closet collecting dust.
  3. At the end of the 30 days, I’ll be figuring out which items I never took the time to pull out of my closet. Then, I’m donating them. Yep, I’m pretty sure someone else needs them more than me. And if I find pieces that I took the time to wear that left me feeling uncomfortable, didn’t fit quite right, or I simply didn’t like, they’re going to Goodwill.
  4. No shopping. Really, none…and I mean it. I have a closet full of clothes that work. So I will not be tempted by the 70% off rack at Target. (C’mon, I know we’ve all been there.) I will intentionally choose to avoid shopping. Seriously, it’s only 30 days. That $6.47 shirt at Target really won’t change my life.
  5. At the end of 30 days, I will be evaluating what worked and what didn’t work for me. Did I end up wearing the same outfit most of the time? Great, maybe a capsule wardrobe is for me. Did I enjoy the challenge of working with what I already have and finding contentment in that without shopping? Even better.

Like I said, this is a challenge! It’s not supposed to be easy. But I can almost guarantee it’s probably going to be easier than slicing our wardrobes down to 30 items or less. So, I hope you’ll join me! I’ll be following up in 30 days and I can’t wait to share my journey in this and hear yours, too!

Lil

Comments

  1. Love it! I look forward to seeing some photos of your outfits in these next 30 days that you feel awesome in and others that are not cutting it…I’ve got a bag for Goodwill in my trunk right now so I love this part too…just one question…What is s capsule wardrobe😁

      • Lilly I was picturing you on Jackson Way .. the darling little girl who couldn’t make up her mind what to wear so she just kept changing her outfits many times a day. You were a born fashionista from day One. This is a worthy goal! Very fun to read your blog! :)
        ps I have two grocery bags in my closet at all times. There might be a clothes g goblin there because the closet seems to hatch more every time I take a bag to Goodwill! Also, there’s something about that UPS truck that brings more from QVC frequently.. I’ve been trying for a moratorium on shopping .. need to try harder and this will be my inspiration. Thanks for sharing it!

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