It’s fair to say I have gone a little wild with my clothes buying recently. I’ll happily admit that the need to fit in always has influenced my clothing purchasing habits. Team that with me not actually knowing who I am, be it a country girl walking the dogs in her Hunter wellies or blogger attending fancy events in her diamanté embellished ankle boots. Standing in front of my jam packed wardrobe I just didn’t feel happy, which lead me to start reading The Happy Closet and to research capsule wardrobes on every blog I could read.
I am an all or nothing girl so clearing out my wardrobe was actually easier than I thought. It turns out that being such an impulse buyer has its benefits, I wasn’t emotionally attached to anything and happy to send it to new homes. I started selling things on Depop and made the decision that I would use the money a leather jacket. Just a little disclaimer here, selling stuff on Depop got very addictive!
The process of clearing out my wardrobe started by simply piling all my clothes up on my bed and going through it item by item. Asking myself
- Do I love it.
- Have I worn it recently or at all?
- Does it work with the other pieces that I love.
If I answered yes to these three questions it went in my ‘keep’ pile, if I answered yes to two of the questions it went in the ‘maybe’ pile. Anything else went to the charity shop, the bin or my Depop page.
Once I had cleared everything out of my wardrobe that I didn’t love or wear I spent some time on Pinterest pinning clothes and outfits that I loved and before I knew it a pattern started to emerge of the style that I am always drawn too.
In short, oversized cardigans, Breton strips and all the denim. From here I have started planning my next purchases. I haven’t set myself a number of items to limit myself to. From my research most people aim for between 37-50 items including footwear for each season. This seems incredibly tough for a complete newbie like me. The perfect example of this would be my grey jumper collection. They are all so similar and yet all so different and all are completely loved. There was no way I could part with any of them.
Here are the things I have recently ordered to start off my capsule wardrobe.
I think this has to be completed in stages as I am still, as we speak listing items on Depop. It gets easier each time I dip back in to start the cull. However it remains to be seen as to whether this will make me feel happier or whether I’ll just slowly fill everything back up again! I will keep you updated.