It’s now October 2nd. The capsule wardrobe experiment is over, and I could not be happier. I have included a few updates that I made to the Simplify September capsule wardrobe below. Here are my final thoughts on capsule wardrobes in general:
If you like fashion or variety, a capsule wardrobe is probably not for you.
If you have a well-edited closet already, no matter how many pieces you have in it, a capsule wardrobe is not for you.
If you live in a place without discernible seasons (ex: the Central Coast of California, where it could be 85 degrees one day and 65 degrees the next), a capsule wardrobe is not for you.
A capsule wardrobe is meant to simplify the “getting ready” process. If, at any point, doing a capsule wardrobe feels stressful then A CAPSULE WARDROBE IS NOT FOR YOU.
Confession: Being a fashion blogger is top three on my list of dream jobs. You get free clothes, an excuse to take selfies and a rabid fan base that thinks you look good in just about anything. Count. Me. In.
The problem with fashion blogging, is the materialistic world in which it exists. Having things and looking a certain way in those things have always been my achilles heel, and being a fashion blogger would only feed that beast. Ironically, I've come closer to my dream of fashion blogging in the last three and a half months of NOT buying clothes for an entire year. The beauty of posting outfit selfies while not buying clothes for a year is that it removes (most of) the materialistic aspect from the equation; and that's what I'm hoping the Simplify September Capsule Wardrobe will do too.
In case you missed it, my Simplify September project kicks off September 1st. It's a month-long project to go from chaos to calm the last few months of 2018 (or at least the month of September). Because I'm not shopping for a year, I created the Simplify September Capsule Wardrobe (which I'm releasing today so you have time to create one of your own) with items I currently have in my closet. While I linked some similar items below (not affiliate links), the goal isn't to make you feel like you need to purchase something.
The goal of the Simplify September Capsule Wardrobe is to show you--and myself--that WHAT WE HAVE IS ENOUGH. No article of clothing, pair of shoes, handbag, NOTHING can truly make us feel more confident in who we are. Sure, material possessions can give us a temporary high, but until we understand that who we are RIGHT NOW, THIS MOMENT, FLAWS AND ALL, is enough, we'll keep trying to fill a hole that simply can't be filled with the things of this world.
Ok. Enough soapboxing. Here's how the Simplify September Capsule Wardrobe works:
1.) Pick 30 items, including shoes, handbags and accessories but excluding pajamas and workout clothes to wear for the month of September. (Sidenote: When I wear workout clothes, it's because I am headed to the gym. I shower and change almost immediately afterwards. If you are into the athleisure trend, then workout clothes will need to be included in your capsule wardrobe.)
2.) Wear those 30 items--and only those 30 items--during the month of September.
3.) Post your outfits on Instagram using the hashtag #SSCapsuleWardrobe.
Here's what my Simplify September Capsule Wardrobe looks like:
Here are the principles I used to create it:
1.) Pick items in the same color families.
2.) Choose items that will transition easily from day to night or work to play.
3.) Decide what items you love and what you can live without for a month. For instance, I can use the same tote bag and minimal accessories for 30 days, but I need a variety of shoes.
Other things I considered when creating a capsule wardrobe:
1.) The weather
2.) Upcoming activities and events
Finally, here are some of my favorite items from my personal Simplify September Capsule Wardrobe:
1.) Longchamp Tote Bag (mine is gray)
2,) Leith Tank Dress (color: tan)
4.) Backless mules
5.) BB Dakota Faux Leather Jacket Update 10/2/18- I swapped this for a basic black top to wear on girl’s nights out. More versatile, and the weather didn’t end up being as cold as I thought it was going to be at night last month.
8.) Striped cardigan
10.) Black maxi skirt - **Update 10/2/18- I swapped this for another pair of jeans.
I'll admit, I'm a bit nervous about this whole experiment. September weather where I live can be anywhere from high 80's to low 60's, so figuring out what items to include in my personal capsule wardrobe was a bit of a stretch. Still, I'm committed to showing you guys--and proving to myself--that I can get by on less and still feel confident in who I am!
Comment below if you're joining the Simplify September Capsule Wardrobe challenge, and let me know one item you're planning to wear!
Some of you asked about the rest of the items in my capsule wardrobe. Here they are:
11.) Graphic tee (You can design your own here!!!!)- Update 10/2/18- I swapped this for a more versatile blue button down shirt.
12.) Black v-neck t-shirt
13.) White v-neck t-shirt
14.) Tan Peep Toe Booties (similar here)
15.) Cole Haan Sandals (similar here)
16.) Black Peep Toe Booties (similar here) - Update 10/2/18- I swapped this for my favorite green jumper. I wear it all the time and should have included it in my capsule wardrobe initially. 30 days without wearing it would have been a BIG MISTAKE.
17.) Gray tank top
18.) Denim jacket
19.) Statement belt
21.) Striped bell sleeve shirt (similar here)
22.) Gold Statement Earrings (similar here)
23.) Basic gold stud earrings (similar here)
24.) Lightweight black blazer (similar here)
25.) Denim shorts
26.) Off white cardigan
27.) Gray circle cardigan sweater (similar here)
28.) Off white tank- Update 10/2/18- I swapped this for a pair of statement earrings. Turns out, I DO like wearing a variety of accessories.
29.) Knit pullover sweater (similar here)
30.) Floral shell tank top (similar here)