Hi friends! Let me start out by saying that in all my years of managing my wardrobe, I never once purposefully chose the capsule wardrobe method. It actually kind of freaked me out. Probably because I was uncomfortable with the idea of restricting myself to only a few pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories. You just can’t do that living in Ohio! The weather changes at a given moment, so you don’t want to be stuck without rain boots when it’s raining, or a jacket when the temps cool off.
On the other hand, I’ve never been one to have excessive amounts of clothes. The idea of having stuff hanging in my closet unworn is an aggravating one. I know there are some girls who like extra clothes, but not I. Wouldn’t you know it though, “too little” and “more than enough” is actually the perfect recipe for a capsule wardrobe! Which by the way, is the only reason I say it chose me.
Build Your Capsule Wardrobe by Colors
When it comes to curating my closet, the best place to start for me, personally, is deciding on the colors I want to wear. I tend to look nice in cooler, earthy tones. I have tried pure hues, shades (dirty looking colors), but when it comes down to it, I naturally gravitate towards the colors with tones of gray in them. These colors are “toned down” if you will, and feel gentle and subdued.
I learned very quickly that when I narrowed down my clothing options through colors, I would end up with pieces that coordinated with other pieces. This meant I could throw together just about any number of outfit combinations from a handful of tops and bottoms and never once feel like I had nothing to wear. Pure genius!
Know Your Drape & Textures
The drape, or fall, of a garment, can be critical when you’re looking to improve your wardrobe selection. I love softer fabrics that are comfortable to wear and give me plenty of ease of movement. So clothes that have a soft drape to them are most likely what you’ll find in my closet. Again, it all comes back to what you’re naturally drawn to.
I absolutely love intricate details and elegance, so the textures and prints of my clothes will likely be lacy, elegant and have a refined appearance.
Jewelry that Makes Sense
For someone who loves to stay active around the home, jewelry is the very last thing I ever think to put on for a normal day of work. If I’m going out, I’ll put something pretty on, of course, but I don’t like to be fidgeting with necklaces or bracelets all day just for their complementary features. My love for practicality is too great for that. 😉
Just as it is with my clothes, so it is with my jewelry choices. I look for pieces with rounded edges and soft gray tones. Teardrops are key shapes I look for in earrings and necklaces. They have a natural refined elegance out of all the possible geometric shapes. You’ll also be surprised to know that I no longer wear gold, brass or bronze. They’re all just little bit flashy for me. But silver, especially brushed silver, is queen!
This might sound like my options are pretty limited. But let me tell you, for a person who gets easily overwhelmed with making decisions on clothes and accessories, it is so much easier looking for just a few key things than trying to decide from a huge menagerie of styles and colors! Again, like I said, knowing what truly brings out your unique features brings more freedom than you imagined possible.
Shoes and Scarves
Any time I go out shopping, I must stop by the shoe department. What can I say, I just love shoes! I have about 3 pairs per season and no less. That might sound excessive to some, but for me, that number is just right. One pair for causal, one pair for bad weather, and one pair for special occasions.
Scarves used to annoy me, but not these days. This past Winter I fell in love with how their multicolored prints, textures and soft drape added so much interest to my outfits. I doubt I’ll be wearing them during the humid Summer months, but they’re definitely a Fall/Winter staple!
Dress Your Very Best You
When it comes to my wardrobe selection and growing up with sisters, I’ve realized something: they definitely influenced me to like certain styles, even though I wasn’t naturally drawn to them. Influencing each other isn’t bad. We all do it without thinking, really. But it’s when we start to dress for other people that it steals our true authenticity. These days, I dress my very best me. And because of that, I feel like I’ve succeeded in curating a wardrobe that makes me feel wonderful every day.
I would encourage each of you to go take a second look at your own wardrobe. When you look at each piece, ask yourself, “Is there anyone who I’ve allowed to influence me as to whether or not I wear this? Did someone encourage me to buy this because that’s what they enjoy?” Be completely honest with yourself. Discover how much of you is or is not reflected in your clothes!
Again, when you honor your true preferences, you will find so much joy in what you wear every day. Your confidence will rise to a healthy level, and you will feel authentic in every way. I can promise you it won’t be a drag anymore to have to figure out what to wear each day. In fact, so long as you dress the best you, I believe you could be satisfied with any number of items of clothing because they make you feel like the wonderfully unique person God made you be!
Blessings & love,
P.S. For those of you who just can’t put your finger on why your wardrobe seems dysfunctional, as I have in previous years, I would highly recommend you check out Dressing Your Truth! I gained so much insight through that free course! By the way, I am a Type 2 with a secondary Type 3. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go check out the course and find out all about it! I’d love to know how many other Type 2/3s are out there!