Week One of the 2016 Clutter Cleanse Challenge starts today! If you’re on Instagram follow and share your results on hashtag #cluttercleanse2016
The first place we’re streamlining: our wardrobe.
Unlike a few other rooms or closets in the home, we look at our wardrobe everyday. You may not pick something out of your home library every morning, or bake a cake/ski/hold a wine tasting at your home, but you always get dressed. It may be pajamas or the same jeans or the dress you wear that feels not quite right, but you choose something to put on, or stay in, daily.
So what are you wearing? What do you want to be wearing?
Are you wearing everything in your closet regularly? If you aren’t wearing everything in your closet frequently why is that? Are things too big, too small, out dated, need mending, don’t go with anything you wore or you don’t have an occasion to wear them? Start asking yourself these questions as you look through those hangars.
It’s time to build your capsule wardrobe.
You may have heard the term before. It was coined in the 70s and is still a popular way to describe a collection of clothing that works interchangeably. The idea is that pieces and accessories compliment each other and any top could be worn with any bottom. Your shoes work to dress up a pair of jeans, compliment a little black dress and you can still wear them daily to your business casual office. The concept of a capsule wardrobe is exciting for people that want to have a smaller wardrobe full of things they enjoy wearing.
The traditional capsule wardrobe involves tailored and somewhat formal basics mixed in with more informal clothing. Think suit jacket, wool skirt, silk blouse, jeans, white button down shirt. Not for everyone. You may only work in a formal office or only wear jeans or only wear dresses. So let’s think of the term capsule wardrobe as being more about wearing clothes that a) work together, b) work for your lifestyle and c) that you feel good in.
To get started on your capsule wardrobe first identify what you’re already wearing with our first task.
Task #1 (30 minutes): try on your five most often worn outfits.
Take a photo of yourself in each of the outfits.
What do they have in common? Are they interchangeable separates, stand alone outfits or a single piece (dresses)?
Can you identify your two most common neutrals (black, gray, white, navy, beige) and your two most common accent colors? If not look for the colors you like the best and would like more of in your wardrobe.
Here are my answers: interchangeable casual separates, neutrals are black, denim and some gray, accent colors are blue/aqua and violet. I’m, again, in another transition phase as I come to the end of nursing baby #3 and slowly moving out of nursing wear.
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I’ll be loosely sharing some tips from the wonderful Vivienne Files for the wardrobe series in the Clutter Cleanse. I strongly recommend reading more at her website if you are interested in building a wardrobe of interchangeable separates. She has great general advice, excellent packing tips for travel and so many templates for building out a modern capsule wardrobe.
More to come…