Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify my life. I’ve found that I’m less stressed when I don’t have a lot of clutter or options. This goes for my wardrobe as well. I’m 1 year postpartum and my closet is a mixed bag of clothes that don’t fit, trendy items, and other pieces of clothing I have no idea what to do with. The problem with my closet it that I always feel like I have nothing to wear.
To solve this issue I’ve been looking into building a capsule wardrobe. In short, a capsule wardrobe is pieces of clothing that have more than one function and can be worn in multiple different styles. Each season has a capsule wardrobe. What I like about this way of dressing is that it is easier for me to shop (which I hate by the way), and it makes it easier to pick out what I’m going to wear. Also, if done right it can save you tons of money because you won’t be constantly shopping for new clothing. At this point in my life, I don’t want to invest too much money into my wardrobe. Once my body settles and I’m done having kids then I will start to invest in more high-end pieces. However, during this season I think it’s best not to put too much money into my clothing. Most of the items I found were either from Walmart, Target, or Burlington Coat Factory.
Building Your Capsule Wardrobe
Find out your body type
This website has a great chart on how to dress for your specific body type once you figure it out. I have a pear shape, but since giving birth I’m leaning more toward apple shape since I have extra weight in my tummy area. Since my body represents more than one fruit, I call myself a fruit salad (it’s a joke).
The Items I Chose
I chose items similar to the ones pictured above. These pieces work for my life. You can change them according to what your needs are. The thing I love most about having a capsule wardrobe is that it takes the guesswork out of shopping. I get overwhelmed when I go shopping and I’m never how to pair clothing items, but with this method, it makes it so easy!
I’m not a fashionable person, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I also am a stay-at-home mom so my capsule wardrobe is going to look different from somebody who has an office job. My goal in building a capsule wardrobe is to look my best and stay out of frumpy mom land (somedays it’s unavoidable) but I would like to at least look put together when I leave the house.
Shop Your Closet
I went through my closet last week and took out the items that I couldn’t fit, were out of style, or I that I couldn’t wear in multiple ways. After I did that I hung up all of my other clothing items according to color. Once that was done, I took inventory of staple pieces that were missing. For me, that included a black cardigan, jean jacket, black dress, and blazer.
I also chose my wardrobe color palette. I saw that my closet contained a lot of strips and the colors below. Having a color palette will make it easier to shop for staple pieces.
Adding Staple Pieces
This blogger does a great job at telling which items you should be your staple pieces. She gives a more comprehensive list of what items to shop for.
I’m big on accessories because they can make any outfit pop and stand out. I made it a point to purchase different accessories. I chose a lot of bold earring and necklaces. Fingernail polish and lipstick can be used as an accessory too. I’m not really into lipstick, but it is something that every mom should play around with and have fun.
Ever since I’ve started using the capsule wardrobe way of dressing, I feel more confident in myself. I feel like my clothes look better because I know how to buy flattering items. I also don’t feel the need to stay on trend. It has improved my life drastically! There is no more anxiety or stress when I go to my closet to pick out clothes.