I had mentioned on my “About” page that as I was planning for the new year and wanting to simplify my life a little more, that I created a capsule wardrobe in December. Since then, anyone that I have excitedly told about my capsule wardrobe basically looked at me with a blank stare, so I thought to myself, “I should totally write a post about my capsule wardrobe!” So here we are 😉
First, I thought I should tell you a little about why I began researching a capsule wardrobe in the first place.
After having my son, NOTHING fit me. I had gained 60 pounds (yes, you read that right, 60 lbs!) during my pregnancy. I am exactly 5 feet tall, so you can imagine what an extra 60 lbs might look like on such a small person. (Also, note, I had lost 20 lbs from what was my average right before I got pregnant. So I always looked at it as gaining those 20 back and then also gaining another 40…helps me not feel so bad about it I guess. 😉 )
Anyway, after having my son, I did NOT want to wear my maternity jeans anymore! I was content with wearing sweatpants, a nursing camisole, and a cardigan or sweatshirt (depending on how fancy I wanted to get 😉 ). This was what I wore pretty much during my entire maternity leave. Once it began getting closer to when I had to return to work, I knew I would need to buy a few things so I would be able to look a little more presentable. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money (since it was going to be a temporary wardrobe anyway), so I just got some jeans and I told myself that I would pull out all my clothes from storage and try to find a few other things that fit.
I still remember standing in piles of clothing, crying, and telling my husband that NOTHING fit me. My amazing husband told me that I was still just as beautiful even though none of my clothes fit and suggested that I go shopping for a few new shirts. He knows just what to say when I’m having a hard day. 😉 It was three months after having my son and I wanted to feel confident in what I was wearing. I found a few shirts (thank goodness baggy “boyfriend” tees are in style!), but I never really felt confident like I did before I got pregnant. This began my search to find that perfect article of clothing to help me feel more confident in how I look by what I was wearing.
Since I had a new baby at home who loved to nurse a TON, I had quite a bit of downtime when I would look at stores online (usually for my son) and I would add something for myself because “it was on sale” or “I just needed $5 more to get free shipping” (so I usually spent $20 more to get the free shipping that would have probably only cost $7.)
Soon, the holidays came around and I needed something new for Thanksgiving, and for Christmas. Then there were all the sales, so I picked up something here and there.
(Let me just say, it’s not like I was spending thousands of dollars, I was finding things on sale, but $5 here and there adds up quickly! Think about it, how many times do you walk into a store and think, I’ll just look around even though I don’t need anything? Usually you end up walking out with SOMETHING, am I right?)
Next thing I knew, I had a closet FULL of clothes that I didn’t really love or that didn’t even really fit me that well. I still felt like I had NOTHING to wear even when I had a closet that was completely full! I knew that I needed to do something about this!
Enter the idea of the capsule wardrobe.
I had occasionally seen the idea of a capsule wardrobe on Pinterest and Instagram, so I decided to look into it deeper. This led me to Caroline’s blog, Unfancy. I spent quite a bit of time reading over her blog and fell in love with the idea of a minimal wardrobe full of items that fit and that I love wearing. You can read her definition of a capsule wardrobe here!
So, one morning, while my son was napping, I grabbed all of my clothes out of my closet, drawers, and out of storage and I went to work!
Come back later to find out what I did next and to see some photos of my closet purge!
With love, Sheila