Ever since Addie was born, I've been trying to be more intentional with how to live my life. Whether it's my health, the way we raise Addie, or just my thoughts. One thing I've been thinking a lot is my wardrobe. For the past few years, I would buy items that are semi trendy, some high quality but majority low quality. But like most of us, I would buy based on a whim. Based on emotions. But not intentional. Eventually these items get worn once or twice, forgotten, then tossed. I had a closet full of clothes that I didn't really love the majority of. Sure, I probably loved them in the moment when I purchased it, but that love never really lasted. Why? Because I was thinking more of what's the trend and feeling the pressure of having to look a certain way. If I were to be completely honest, sometimes I would buy clothes just for outfit posts. I know...how could I? But at the time, I did enjoy what I was doing and even having fun - shopping on a whim.
But I've had enough of this part of my life. Becoming a mom's changed my perspective on my wardrobe. I'm realizing I need my clothes to last, be versatile, and my style to reflect my new lifestyle. It doesn't mean completely changing my style, but tweaking it. For so many years, my question was "what's my style?" But now, I'm thinking more about what's my philosophy when it comes to buying clothes and choosing my outfits. I want more with less. I want to love what's in my closet every time. I want to stop filling my closet with cheap clothes and things that don't last. I want to actually wear the items I buy and not just for the blog. I want to be intentional with my purchases.
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?
I was completely inspired by Catherine from Unfancy, Courtney from Be More with Less, and Amanda from Little Miss Fearless on making this change. The simple definition is: a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you completely LOVE to wear.
Coined in the 70’s by London boutique owner, Susie Faux, it’s all about dressing with a small collection (30-40 pieces) of seasonally appropriate, versatile items, where you mix and match.
To break it down even further, the 30-40 pieces include clothes, jewelry, accessories and shoes. Workout clothes, underwear, and sleepwear don't count.
WILL I HAVE FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT)?
The me that's trying to transition into this new approach is scared. I'm scared I'll be missing out on cute clothes. I'm scared I'll be missing out on a new style. But I have to remind myself that if I'm buying items that I really love, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. The problem before was that even though I had all this "stuff," it was never enough because I either didn't truly love it or it didn't fit my body right, or it just wasn't my style.
As Courtney (Be More with Less) said, "the secret to having it all, is recognizing you already do." This was gold and can apply this to life in general.
"We each have different bodies and lifestyles and we deserve to dress for that unique combination. One perfect capsule wardrobe will not work for everyone. Let it be messy at first, as you figure out what works best for your body, and your lifestyle."
So there's still lots of room for experimentation and even mistakes. And this makes me feel a little more at ease.
So I'm excited to share this new style journey with you guys! Have you guys heard of or tried out the capsule wardrobe approach? Has it worked? Any tips for this newb? haha! Let me know in the comments!
Top: Who What Wear Collection @ Target | Bottom: Target
Jacket: Zara | Shoes: Steve Madden