What makes a wardrobe meaningful?

October 15th, 2015

3 easy steps _ capsule wardrobe _ sincere spacesLately, I’ve tried to focus on only blogging about all-things-meaningful-home. I talk a lot about my simplifying process, tips, inspiration, and meaningful design.So I was hesitant to blog about my capsule wardrobe. But I did so for a few reasons…

  1. I’ve had a LOT of people ask about it (who knew clothing would be so interesting? Fashion is so not my cup o’ tea, which is honestly the main reason why I do a capsule wardrobe – less time and energy thinking about what to wear so that I can save my creativity for my work)
  2. Every new season forces me to question all of my belongings. As I go through my closet, I naturally go through other areas of my home – chunking things that no longer bring value to my life. I hope it can do the same for you.
  3. Oddly enough, I realized that the same process (evaluate. eliminate. curate) I walk my clients through in spaces in their home can also be applied to fashion.
  4. Your closet is in your house, no? And what you wear does have an impact on how you feel. So, I believe your closet can have an impact on creating your meaningful home….and in turn, your meaningful life.

Here is how I applied my process to this round of Project333 (dressing with 33 items or less for 3 months):

 

S T E P  #  1 : E V A L U A T E 

I began by evaluating:

  1. what items I already had
  2. what items I might like to purchase
  3. what I’ll actually be doing this fall
    • 60% work from home (cute ‘n comfy)
    • 15% client meetings (business casual wear)
    • 10% yoga (specific gear – which I don’t actually include in the capsule)
    • 10% date nights + friend/family events (cuter, trendier outfits)
    • 5% being lazy (hello cool weather….and hello lounge pants!)

I also made a little moodboard (totally optional!) for what I wanted my wardrobe to feel like this fall….

….lots of pumpkins, lots of outdoor-time, and lots of textures. Yes, please…

capsule wardrobe_fall_inspiration_sincere spaces

S T E P   #   2 :  E L I M I N A T E

The longer you do a capsule wardrobe, the easier this step becomes. I simply donate or sell anything that I’m no longer wearing (don’t love it, doesn’t fit, no longer my style, etc.)…

Be ruthless with this step. You deserve only items in your closet that make you feel confident.

Every time I begin a new season, I turn all of my hangers backwards, so any clothing that is still backwards when a new season begins definitely needs to go.

 

S T E P  # 3 : C U R A T E

Ahhh the fun part…creating numerous, cute (easy!) outfits.

I stayed pretty neutral this season, and I’m really loving it…

capsule wardrobe_fall_sincere spaces

One of my favorite pieces is my blazer…I love the fit. But it’s just too formal for me. I’m a pretty casual gal – so thank you Pure Style by Erika for your laid-back-blazer inspiration!

capsule wardrobe_fall_blazer_sincere spaces

And I may be late on this train, but I was really loving the cargo jackets, so I went out and bought one.

LOTS of outfit choices for this piece (which is always one of my main criteria – must be worn with at least 2-3 different outfits!)…

capsule wardrobe_cargo jacket_sincere spaces

inspiration source 1 // inspiration source 2 // inspiration source 3

And then of course, I’ll be wearing layers…layers…and more layers this fall.

Gimme pumpkins. Gimme bonfires. Gimme layers.

capsule wardrobe_fall_layers_sincere spaces

So, if I had only ONE thing to say about creating a wardrobe for a meaningful life (and the same applies to creating a sincere space!) – HAVE A PLAN. Take the time to sit down and think about why you’re doing this, what you want the results to be, and what you need out of this to be valuable (all things I discuss with clients for interior projects).

Set a budget, define your style, and shop with intention. You’d be amazed at how much time, energy (and money!) a precise plan will save you.

And, if you’re interested, here is my second round of P333 + my fourth round – and you can even see a few of my secrets of dressing with less in Tiny Home Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 21.

Questions on creating a simple wardrobe? Can’t wait to hear from ya’!


 

M A K E    R O O M    F O R    M E A N I N G. 

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