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    Capsule Wardrobe (Info & Assistance)

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    Is anyone trying this?

    What it is: having a set wardrobe size for each season, usually around 30-40 pieces including tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes, and doesn't include underoos, workout gear or PJs, but everything works together so you can make multiple outfits from just a few pieces.

    I just started this week.. I was tired of looking in my closet and not being able to find anything to wear! I had my usual go-to outfits, but they only worked together as a single outfit and didn't mesh with anything else. So this past weekend I took everything out and ended up donating 50 shirts and around 20 dresses (mostly skimpy party dresses from my clubbing days).

    I honestly feel like a HUGE weight has been lifted off my shoulders.. My closet is so much better organized and pretty much everything goes with everything.. Or at least I can make a few outfits with each piece, and I don't just stand in front of my closet staring at everything wondering what to wear in the morning

    As soon as I get the laundry done I will upload pics of my bottoms, but I have some pictures of my tops for now.

    I do need some help with what type of shoes (casual sandals preferably) I need to get and maybe a skirt or two? But I have no idea what style or color, I was thinking a creme or navy blue just above the knee maybe..?? I'm going for a casual look that I can carry around my wiggly kid or pick her up without showing my goodies to the world..

    Heres what I have so far







    The sandals both have a small wedge heel. I'm looking for some flats..


    Pics of bottoms to come.. they're in the wash
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    I couldn't do this. My wardrobe lives in 3 different worlds work (professional) family/going out (casual/semi dressy) and farm work (crap clothing/workout clothes)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisJuliet View Post


    I couldn't do this. My wardrobe lives in 3 different worlds work (professional) family/going out (casual/semi dressy) and farm work (crap clothing/workout clothes)
    Haha mine will have to expand when I go back to work, but for now it's the perfect size for a SAHM

    I also have some grunge clothes that I didn't include in the count.. And a couple nice dressy dresses.
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    I could not handle this either. I mean I have multiple shirts that go with different things but I like my full closet lol
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    I couldn't do this (I like to have too many options ) but we totally have the same wardrobe
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    I've thought about it. Mostly I just need to get rid of stuff I don't wear much anymore That would scale me down to a capsule-size wardrobe. Well, two. One for work and one for not-work. If I kept only what I actually wear, here's what I would have left:

    For work I basically have one pair of really nice jeans, 2 pairs of black slacks, 2 pairs of gray slacks (light and charcoal) and 1 wool maxi skirt for colder days. For tops I have like 15-20 blouses and probably 8-10 cardigans and nearly everything goes with everything. I basically never wear dresses to work so I don't bother with them

    For not-work I have 3 pairs of jeans, several sundresses, and handful of screen-printed Ts and not-work-appropriate blouses, as well as 2 pairs of leggings and 1 pair of shorts. Lately I pretty much only wear sundresses on weekends unless it's coldish out.

    Dh has just recently been encouraging me to buy more clothes because the stuff I actually wear was getting rather sparse I just recently bought 3 work shirts, 3 not-work shirts, another pair of jeans, and a new sundress. I want 2 more pairs of slacks for work (navy and khaki) but I've been lazy about ordering them.
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    The blog Wardrobe Oxygen does a lot with small capsule wardrobes. There's even a link at the top of the blog where you can see all her capsule posts. She does a lot where she will answer a question she gets about a capsule wardrobe for a working mom, or for a trip to Paris in Spring, or whatever. Even if you don't love her style, I think the posts are helpful in learning what to look for.

    Since a lot of your tops are printed, I'd go with solid bottoms. It seems like Navy would be a good color choice for your neutral as it would go with pretty much all those tops except maybe the black. I'd go with sometime A line or full and knee length or just above so you can still bend and move freely. I highly recommend slipshorts (basically they are like biker shorts) both to help with sweat and chaffing if you live somewhere hot, and to offer a level of modesty in case there is a gust of wind or a kid yanking up a skirt. I like the ones from Jockey.

    You might also consider a couple scarves. They can transform an outfit.

    For shoes, have you considered a comfortable and well-made ballet flat. They work in nearly very situation that a sandal would (except maybe poolside!) but look much more refined and pulled together so they are more versatile. Get one with a bit of padding inside, not the kind with just a thin hard sole that make you feel like you are walking on wood blocks. I'd go with a flesh colored pair which will go with everything, and then maybe a colorful pair. (But I love a shoe in a contrasting color to an outfit, so maybe that's just me.) Something in the minty turquoise of the anchor shirt would go well with most of your outfits.
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    I have less than 40 pieces for my WHOLE wardrobe for all the seasons . I need more clothes but I am so picky and cheap!

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    I kinda do the capsul wardrobe thing... but that's because 90% of my professional wardrobe is black & winter white/cream with some grey and a few color accent pieces to break up the monotone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreaClaire View Post
    I have less than 40 pieces for my WHOLE wardrobe for all the seasons . I need more clothes but I am so picky and cheap!
    Oh my gosh same here I'm trying to slowing amp up my wardrobe by buying 1-2 good tops a month so I wont be stuck squeezing myself into tee shirts and jeans 24/7.
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