Friday, May 15, 2015

Capsule Wardrobe Dreaming

Years ago (pre-kids) I did the 30x30 closet remix. I had so many clothes (I literally had an entire room that we turned into a closet in my old house. It was ridiculous) that didn't get worn and I hadn't gone through them in years. I always felt like I had nothing to wear, even though I literally had a room full. So I decided to do that and I really liked how it made me get creative with putting outfits together. 
Here we are today, and I have been wanting to do something similar again. After having kids, it is crucial for me to find clothes that flatter my post kiddo figure and while I have had some success with doing that, I still have a lot of clothes that honestly just don't look good anymore. And guess what? I never wear them
I keep hearing about capsule wardrobes and I have been really interested in putting one together for this summer. Basically, a capsule wardrobe is where you pick a certain number of items (I have read 37 is a good number, but you can use whatever you want), and focus on clothes that fit you well, are versatile and will work for an entire season. Then you are supposed to clear out your closet with everything except what you've chosen to get you through the next 3 months! Mix and match your items to come up with lots of different outfit combos. Sounds super fun, right?! 
In our current home, we don't have a lot of space. We certainly don't have an extra room for clothes in this house, in fact, we don't even have a walk in closet. It's just a standard, regular sized closet. It isn't big and it doesn't hold that many clothes. Unless of course you jam pack them all in, which is what I have done. I have been wanting to do a closet makeover pretty much since we moved in, and I am hoping to get that done in the next few months. I know that even when we change things around to go from the builder grade closet to actually creating it to hold what we need, it will still function best with less in it.  So that's what I am hoping to do! I need to get down to the nitty gritty and actually get rid of items, store seasonal stuff away and go through and figure out what actually fits and looks good right now. Not what I hope does in the future or what did in the past, but what does right now. I am hoping that within the next month I will be able to do that, purchase a few more key pieces and come up with a capsule for summer! 
Here are some of the integral pieces I am thinking of for my summer capsule: 
I have an almost identical pair from last year (I think mine are a little bit lighter), but here is a similar style from Old Navy. At least 1 pair of colored shorts is a must for me! 
These simple tan sandals from Walmart are so versatile and would go with so much! Super affordable, too!
A maxi dress is a must for me in every season, and although I have quite a few maxis, I am starting to change my tune about the style of them. Most of the ones I have are strapless and strapless just isn't great with little ones. They grab onto things and pull. I also don't feel comfortable going strapless in a lot of settings so in the winter and fall it is fine because I just put a jacket or cardigan over it. Anyway, long story short I really adore the style of this one with the thicker strap. I tried this on at Kohl's a few weeks ago in another color and I think I am going to get it. 
How cute is this suit?! I got a new swimsuit last year so I probably won't get one this year since I doubt I really need 2 right now but I saw this at Kohl's when I was there also and it is just adorable!
A good pair of capris is always a must for the summer! 
I have this shirt in a different pattern from last season (see here). I love the Lauren Conrad line at Kohl's. I love this top because it is flowy and feminine and it hangs just right on me. 
I love soft jersey tops and I love tops with ruffling on them because they hide mom tums. So this top would be ideal! 
Obviously that is just a limited selection since I would need more than that, but those are some things I have been eyeing. I am excited to go through my closet soon and figure something out. 
Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? What were your essential items in it? 
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