I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:12-13
I am not by any means a fashion blogger (all the people I went to high school with just laughed out loud), but part of my goals for this year were to simplify various parts of my life, including my wardrobe. I have been following the concept of a capsule wardrobe for some time through Caroline Joy’s blog, Un-fancy and Nancy Ray’s Contentment Challenge and it always seemed like a good idea, but I could never get muster up the courage to actually go through my clothes and gulp– get rid of them. I really became motivated to do this during my pregnancy when my closet was full to the brim of stuff that I couldn’t wear and borrowed maternity clothes from people and getting dressed in the morning was so, just so overwhelming. Also, I was so tired of doing laundry. It took forever. I told myself that I would wait until the baby came and then my friend Lauren, who was pregnant at the same time as me, did a capsule wardrobe while she was with belly! I was officially inspired and could not wait until I was back on my feet after delivery so I could start simplifying my closet.
Using the Un-fancy guide to a capsule wardrobe says to have 37 pieces of clothing, not including PJs or lounge clothes. I have not counted the items left in my closet but I would say that it is probably in the forty something range. The biggest challenges I ran into while putting my capsules together were two-fold:
- emotional attachments to clothes (hello, top I wore in our engagement pictures that doesn’t fit so great anymore and leggings with holes in them that I bought while studying in Spain…)
- and my current postpartum body situation.
I decided that if I hadn’t worn something since moving into our house (3 years ago), it was time to say goodbye and for things that I wore pre-pregnancy that I really like but doesn’t quite fit right now I put it into the “we’ll try again next season” box. Here’s to hoping that breastfeeding magical calorie burning (and my recent decrease in consumption of brownies) kicks in soon…
I keep my work and everyday clothes together and ended up with four different capsules: staples, fall/winter, spring/summer, and maternity.
- staples: short sleeve shirts (mostly solid colors or stripes) that can be worn year round; cardigans of various colors (black, white, ivory, mustard and teal); several skirts and dresses that can be worn in warmer weather or paired with leggings and boots for colder temps.
- fall/winter: long sleeves & sweaters and my favorite puffy vest
- spring/summer: shorts, skirts, some sleeveless dresses
- maternity: this box is going in the attic for some time 🙂 pants, tops, dresses, belly bands and all are going into storage (minus the jeggings and leggings that I am still wearing). Also, I like having it all together in the event that I want to let someone borrow the stuff, I know exactly where it is and what I have!
All in all, I feel this wardrobe situation is a great step in a direction of finding contentment and focusing on what matters most. Excited to see how it goes!