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February 21, 2017

Creating My Capsule Wardrobe, Part 1

Could you go an entire year without spending any money on clothes?

I’m not sure how I got here, but I’ve become a slave to stuff. I enjoy buying things a little too much. I like the hunt. I love getting packages in the mail. I love wearing a new piece for the first time. And lately I’ve been buying things (clothes, especially) just for the sake of buying them. When Black Friday rolled around, I scoured the web looking for things to buy just because they were on sale. I didn’t need anything except a few pairs of boots and a new winter coat, but it was like my money was burning a hole in my bank account. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I bought two coats (and I only wear one of them), I bought two sweaters (that I hate), and three pairs of boots (one that I can’t wear because I decided to be cheap and bought boots that have zero stretch and hurt my feet). I wasted about $400 on stuff that just sits in my closet.

After Black Friday, sometime right before the New Year, I was refreshing our bedroom and organizing my closet when I realized that for all the money it seemed I’d spent over the years, I didn’t like most of my clothes, and the pieces I did like were all statement items that were hard to pair up to make outfits. Something had to change–I was frustrated that I was wasting money and still not having fun getting dressed.

Creating My Capsule Wardrobe, Part 1

I’ve always loved clothes and putting outfits together. When I started The Feisty House, it was partly to share my healthy hair journey, but also to have a space where I could experiment with outfits and share my unique sense of style. Over the past few years, especially with the proliferation of street style blogs and infinite “inspiration” on social media and Pinterest, I think I’ve lost touch with my personal style. The pressure of being a blogger meant that I’d find myself chasing trends, trying to keep up with how everyone else was dressing in a futile effort to stay current.

*Exhales* It feels good to admit that.

Once I realized my closet was full of clothes I didn’t wear, didn’t like, and couldn’t pair with anything, I made one New Year’s resolution: to refrain from spending any money on clothes in 2017. I’m not making any new purchases in 2017 unless I’m (1) replacing something I currently use and like, or (2) I actually need something new (like a pair of black boots–the ones I bought on Black Friday are literally killing my feet).

My goals for this year (I’m nicknaming this year #NoSpend17) are to get back in touch with my personal style and to save some money, so that when I am ready to shop, I won’t be tempted to use credit, and I’ll be able to spend a little bit more on well-made pieces that last. By the end of the year, I want to have a list of staple wardrobe items that I can build on to create two capsule wardrobes–one for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter.

Capsule Wardrobe Guide for Refreshing Your Closet or Packing Light - via apairandasparediy.com

Graphic courtesy A Pair & A Spare

Two of my favorite bloggers, Natalie of The Tiny Closet and Geneva of A Pair & A Spare, are my inspirations for revamping my wardrobe. They’re both so good at creating capsule collections where all the pieces work together seamlessly. I mean, this packing guide is everything. Not only is it the perfect way to pack light for any trip, it’s also a good place to start putting together a capsule wardrobe. Using Geneva’s guide and Natalie’s series on how to build a tiny closet, I’m working on my own capsule wardrobe that’s made up of 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 dresses, 3 shoes, 2 swimsuits, 2 bags and a few accessories that I can swap in and out and pair up with the statement pieces I already own. If you haven’t already signed up for my weekly email, you’re going to want to do that ASAP (just put your email into the box to your right)–as I find items and inspiration to add to my “tiny closet,” I’m going to share all of those items in a weekly “shopping list.” If you want to shop from my list, you can. Or if you’re doing a #NoSpend17 of your own, save the list as inspiration for when you’re ready to shop.

 

Are you planning to revamp your wardrobe this year? What’s your game plan?

Anybody else attempting a #NoSpend17?

 

Photo sourced via Pinterest

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  • Sandria Patterson

    I too got disgusted with my closet and the huge amount of stuff I’d amassed over the last few years. I haven’t quite become a minimalist or created a capsule wardrobe, but I did start by eliminating and not buying any new trendy items. It can be tempting to get the “hot at the moment” pieces but before purchasing I’ve started asking myself things like “When can I wear this? Where can I wear this? And how often can I wear this?” Being that I wear a uniform (scrubs) to work, I can’t use that as an excuse. If I can’t come up with good answers to all three.. I don’t buy. That has helped me out tremendously!

    *Now that I think of it, I guess I have somewhat started a capsule wardrobe. Even though I don’t wear shorts often, I did buy three pair of shorts- black, denim, and olive- that I know I will be able to wear for springs and summers and vacations to come. For years.

    • Yes, it’s SO tempting to be trendy! I have fallen victim to shopping for the sake of trends too many times. Sounds like you’re definitely on the right track. I love those questions you ask yourself!

  • You’re in my head! I’ve been wanting to create a capsule wardrobe since I’m about to have to share a closet and I feel like my style is all over the place. Plus it’s tough as I’m trying to create more fashion content. I just discovered AP&AS a few weeks ago but I’m obsessed with her content, and her capsule wardrobe! Can’t wait to see how you do because hopefully it’ll help me kick into gear.

    • Yassss AP&AS! Her content is STELLAR. Such an inspiration of mine.

      And girl, stay tuned. Because a year is a LONG ASS TIME, and I’m just taking it day by day lol. I literally had to talk myself out of buying a blazer the other day. My fear was that it would sell out, which it has. This is HARD.

  • Santra Denis

    No spend 17. No trips 17. Nothing but saving in 17. Adulting in 17 ๐Ÿ˜”

    • This adulting though…I feel you.

      Also, I love how your life is going. Santra, you’re doing amazing things.